Goat's Eye Day Lodge project at Sunshine Village hits snag
Sunshine Village and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society appealing Parks Canada conditions on new project
Two appeals have been filed with Parks Canada for very different reasons surrounding a multimillion-dollar proposal to build a new lodge at the Sunshine Village ski resort west of Calgary.
The 30,000-square-foot Goat's Eye Day Lodge — which has been approved with conditions — would replace construction trailers that have been used as a restaurant for 10 years.
But for some regulars, trailers don't cut it on a world class hill.
"It's terrible. It's not adequate," said one skier.
Sunshine spokesperson Crosbie Cotton says Sunshine wants to start building the permanent lodge this April, but it is appealing conditions imposed by Parks Canada.
"The conditions placed on this replacement building are so excessive that it may not be financially viable," he said.
One of the resort's main complaints is that the lodge is only allowed to run during the winter, which doesn't cover the entire ski season.
And the lodge can only be opened during daylight hours, which Cotton says won't work because days are shorter during the winter.
The lodge also must have a new wastewater plant. Parks Canada says it's reviewing the appeal.
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is also appealing the decision.
It says the proposal was "full of errors, used data that was 15 years old, did not assess cumulative impacts of the entire ski area and did not include any reference to the recent devastating flood."
CPAWS is asking the proposal be part of a long-range plan for the entire ski area.
Sunshine Village says if a solution isn't found within the next month, it will be difficult to proceed with construction.