Crowsnest Pass Resort, Alberta
Demand for recreational property in mountain areas has increased dramatically in recent years. Driving the demand is a combination of forces including the desire of families to have a place to vacation together, the desire of active couples to have a weekend getaway and the solid investment potential inherent in many of the best properties. Projects that combine good value and design with close proximity and easy access both to recreation amenities and to major centres have been well received by the marketplace.
While the typical mountain resort development in Canada has traditionally been closely tied to alpine skiing, there has been a growth in other areas of recreation, such as snowmobiling, mountain climbing, hiking, eco-tourism, golfing, fishing and cross country skiing, that makes developments not directly tied to a ski area viable as well. Affordable resort areas that offer a wide range of mountain experiences together with spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountain vistas represent a strong alternative development market to that of the typical ski resort development.
The site for the proposed Crowsnest Mountain Resort offers the qualities needed for a successful mountain resort. Given a thoughtful development plan and unit designs that are properly matched to the needs of the prospective market, as well as an exciting and memorable architectural feel and personality, the project has the potential to tap into and establish itself in a growing market.