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Keep Jumbo Wild

Words: Mike Berard Right: Jumbo Valley. Central Purcell Mountains, British Columbia, Canada. Garrett Grove

The Fight to Protect Jumbo Glacier For 24 years, residents of the Kootenays in British Columbia, Canada, have been largely opposed to a proposed year-round ski resort in the heart of the Central Purcell Mountains—a region that encompasses both cherished alpine backcountry and critical core grizzly bear habitat. At the time this story was going to print, the provincial government had just dealt would-be developers a significant blow by deeming the ski resort project not “substantially started”—a finding that would require developers to return to square one to reapply for an environmental assessment certificate in order to continue with their plan. As the developers contemplate their next move, local skiers, snowboarders, climbers, wildlife conservationists and First Nations peoples staunchly hold their line, hopeful that with this ruling, the quarter-centurylong battle may be nearing an end. But whether the developers redouble their efforts or their opponents celebrate victory—what a long, strange trip it’s been.

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The first time Leah Evans stood in southern

development and a year-round ski resort.

would reach 11,217 feet—B.C.’s highest ski

British Columbia’s (B.C.) majestic Jumbo

Then they told her something even

resort. Over the past 24 years, Italian-born,

Valley, she remembers, “All the large trees

more shocking.

Vancouver-based architect Oberto Oberti

were shining, reflecting in the lake. There

“You’ll have to save this place.”

has tried to get “Jumbo” (local shorthand

were more glaciers than I have ever seen

So in seventh grade, in 2000, when

in one place. It has been etched in my mind

Evans’s teacher asked her to write an

drafting table and into reality. Beyond the

ever since.” The Rossland, B.C.-raised skier

essay about a controversial topic, this

small, bizarre victory of having an imaginary

had been brought to this rare, wild environ-

wild valley—threatened with one of B.C.’s

town of Jumbo legitimized as a Mountain

ment in the Purcell Mountains as a preteen

most contentious developments—was her

Resort Municipality (Jumbo the town has no

outdoorswoman, by parents she refers to

immediate choice. “I feel like people don’t

residents, no infrastructure and no tax base,

as “first-generation adventurers.” Together,

know what is back there. It is so huge, and

but has a mayor and town council), there

her family had traveled via a ‘70s-era motor

you’re so small. You have to go to understand

has been very little movement. Spend time

home to Alaska, the Yukon Territories

the magnitude of what could be lost.” She’s

speaking to residents of the Kootenays—

for the proposed development) off the

and Bella Coola, but Evans immediately

been writing the Jumbo essay ever since.

B.C.’s famous ski and snowboard mecca—and

felt a unique, powerful connection to the

you start to understand why. Very few

Jumbo Valley.

Glacier Resort would offer 5,900 vertical

residents want this thing.

feet of year-round skiing on a proposed

a hard truth: The Jumbo Valley was in

20–30 ski lifts over 5,925 hectares of terrain

26-year-old Evans says. “I’ve grown up with

danger of being marked with a real-estate

spanning four glaciers. The highest terrain

the issue, and the government hasn’t been

As she stood there, her parents revealed

At full build-out, the proposed Jumbo

“I’ve watched it unfold my whole life,” the


Left: Ghost town. The Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality stands empty—a wilderness with no residents and no buildings—but still has a mayor and a town council. Garrett Grove Right: In 1974, activist John Bergenske helped establish the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Park, the only intact ecosystem in southeastern B.C. After several days traversing the contested Jumbo region, Bergenske pauses for a moment in the Jumbo Hut. Garrett Grove Below: Local skiers and snowboarders largely oppose the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort, preferring to ride lifts at existing local resorts or tour into the backcountry under their own power and experience. Garrett Grove

listening. How can the plan still be alive when

that our beliefs should be acknowledged and

like Jumbo Glacier Resort; with a promise

so many people have said ‘no’ for so long?”

recognized on the same basis of other belief

of new, vast, lift-serviced terrain, one might

systems in this world.”

understand why. But the ambitious Jumbo

a Kimberley, B.C.-based organization with

Glacier Resort build-out plan includes 5,500

a mission to “protect biodiversity and

Invermere. He’s an Association of Canadian

hotel beds and 750 staff beds, while nearby,

encourage sustainable communities,” has

Mountain Guides ski guide, a professional

locally owned ski resorts like Panorama,

Those who say “no” are myriad. Wildsight,

stood with locals in staunch opposition

member of the Canadian Avalanche

Kicking Horse and Revelstoke struggle to

of Jumbo. “There are so many reasons to

Association and the newest director of the

stay viable in an industry that’s been on a

oppose the Jumbo Glacier Resort,” says

Jumbo Creek Conservation Society. Smith

steady decline for over a decade. What’s

Wildsight Executive Director Robyn Duncan:

has been backcountry skiing in the Purcells

built is built, and the effects on environment

for the past decade and guiding in this range

and community of any ski resort are not small nor easily reversible. They’re also especially

“the threat to grizzly bears, a glacial water

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Brodie Smith, 29, was born and raised in

supply, the fact that the area doesn’t need

for the last five years. He believes building

another ski hill, the desecration of sacred

a resort is shortsighted. “There’s a reason

poignant when resorts operate well under

First Nations territory and the end run around

Europeans and other people from around the

capacity year after year, as many do. Any

the democratic process. We’re united in our

world flock here to experience the wilderness

community or group of communities must

deep sense of place and our commitment to

of North America: They have very little left.

closely and fearlessly evaluate the need

keep Jumbo wild.”

By creating ski resorts,” says Smith, “we don’t

for another resort. It must ask itself and its

stand to gain more wilderness, only lose it.”

government: Do we need another ski area

Since 1946, local hunter, fisherman and

trapper Nolan Rad has mined the Purcell

Range’s deep, dark veins; logged their flanks;

For the past two decades a ubiquitous East

And then there is the collective community:

and pulled fish from the crisp streams that

Kootenay bumper sticker has proclaimed an

bisect the valleys. For the past 20 years, he

almost universal desire to keep “Jumbo Wild.”

here when so much hangs in the balance? * * * An immense, solitary creature, the grizzly

has served on the Jumbo Creek Conservation

The overwhelming sentiment seems to be that

Society. The Shuswap First Nations Band—the

communities in the Kootenays don’t want this

bear is more fragile than we believe, each

closest to Jumbo’s proposed site—agreed to

resort, don’t need it and consider themselves

requiring up to 2,000 square kilometers as a home range. When the home ranges of many

the project, citing “practical and meaningful

stronger without it.

economic opportunities,” but the much larger

Ktunaxa First Nation has opposed it, claiming

snowboarders around the globe ride lifts

of Jumbo Glacier Resort will most likely do—Ursus arctos horribilis will feel the effects.

The vast majority of skiers and

bears are fragmented—as the development

the Jumbo Valley is within a spiritual area

and love them, even those who claim the

called Qat’muk, the home of their Grizzly Bear

backcountry as their chosen playground. So

Fragmentation in the trans-border British

Spirit. “The Grizzly Bear Spirit is an important

there’s an inherent tension in the fact that

Columbia-USA region puts the resulting

part of our spiritual beliefs,” says Ktunaxa

many might drool in anticipation of, and

smaller grizzly populations at higher risk.

spokesperson Kathryn Teneese. “It is our view

initially support, a new ski-area development

DNA surveys done over a decade ago across


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Those who say “no.� Facing: Pat and Baiba Morrow of Wilmer (top left); Car talk (top right); Chief of the Ktunaxa, Kathryn Teneese of Cranbrook (middle left); Ursus arctos horribilis (middle right); Jim Galloway of Brisco (bottom left); Christine Gagatek of Invermere (bottom right) Above: Jumbo (top left); Elder of the Ktunaxa First Nations, Herman Alpine of Cranbrook (top right); Loni Funnel, Norm Funnel and Susanne Bailey spell it out (middle left); Theodore (middle right); Ktunaxa storyteller and spiritual leader Joe Pierre of Cranbrook (bottom left); Nolan Rad of Invermere (bottom right) Photos by: Garrett Grove, Steve Ogle and Jasmin Caton


Left: John Bergenske, Jasmin Caton and Leah Evans during a week-long ski traverse into the Jumbo Valley. Garrett Grove Right: Alex Yoder, Jumbo Pass area. British Columbia, Canada. Steve Ogle

the central and south Purcell Mountains found that there were

you when you mention the word Jumbo in any public venue. This

significantly fewer grizzly bears in the Purcell Mountains than

is what community is—people finding a common voice in support

the B.C. government estimated—in some cases, that number

of their needs. In the Kootenays, those needs are often wild,

was not far from the threshold for being considered threatened

untamed places. A real-estate development and a government

by B.C. government standards. Dr. Michael Proctor—one of the

designation don’t make a community. People do, and the people

world’s leading bear biologists—says this is disturbing, not only

who live here have never wanted Jumbo Glacier Resort.

for Jumbo, but for all Purcell grizzly bears. “Keeping this core

anchor subpopulation healthy, intact and unfragmented is likely essential to maintaining the long-term self-sustainability of

“I was standing on a peak in Jumbo this winter,” says Evans.

“I looked out at the glaciers and thought, ‘Who’s going to live here? Who wants to live here?’ People find a place that speaks to their

the larger Canadian regional Purcell-Selkirk grizzly, as well as

heart and they settle. They did that in the Columbia Valley more

maintaining the international grizzly bear distribution extending

than a century ago. No one has wanted to put down roots in the

directly south into the United States.”

Jumbo Valley. Why would they? It’s so wild and raw. If there was

In other words, if bears cannot live and thrive in the Jumbo

supposed to be a community back there, there’d already be one.”

Valley, they may have trouble regionally in the long run.

ski resort that would deliver deep, light Purcells powder year* * *

Oberto Oberti has maintained that his dream is to build a

round in a location similar to his native Europe’s alpine regions. Backcountry skiers and splitboarders already love the Jumbo

Despite the creation of a resort municipality of Jumbo and some

area for its wide-open glacial turns, so why wouldn’t lift-access

hastily poured concrete foundations at the proposed resort site,

skiers? But the people who live in the communities most likely

Canadian Environment Minister Mary Polak still determined in

to be affected—skiers, snowboarders, hikers and climbers among

late June of 2015 that progress was insufficient. She found that “the physical activities undertaken ... did not meet the threshold

them—have asked themselves the question and answered it. They don’t want a resort here. They can visit more than a dozen

of a substantially started project” and that Glacier Resorts Ltd.

established ski resorts within a three-hour drive—including

would have to apply for a new environmental certificate to con-

Invermere’s own Panorama Mountain Village—and can still ski,

tinue. Meanwhile, for locals, certain facts remain obvious: There

hike and climb Jumbo Pass via their own two feet and a heartbeat.

is no town of Jumbo. No one lives there. Real towns spring up

They don’t need to impact raw lands that remain sacred to other

organically where like-minded people settle. They take time and

humans and critical for wildlife survival. Given the complex and

shared effort to develop into authentic communities, and this

often bizarre interplay between the Jumbo developers, the

corner of British Columbia is filled with great examples: Nelson,

British Columbia government and the opponents on the ground,

Golden, Revelstoke, Argenta, Rossland, Fernie, Invermere. You can

the convoluted battle over the Jumbo Valley may well rage on,

see community on the bumper stickers, in the roadblock protests

but the reasoning of the residents of the Kootenays has always

and during town council meetings. You can hear it in passionate,

come down to a starkly straightforward statement:

informed voices on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation morning talk shows. You can feel it in the sense of unity that rises around 08

We have enough already.


In the heart of British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains, where grizzly bears roam through one of North America’s most important wildlife corridors, lies a deeply wild place that needs our protection.

Learn more about the issue and take action at patagonia.com/jumbowild


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Sign of the times. Portions of the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort sit directly in major avalanche paths—a fact that has hampered developers’ plans. Jumbo Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Garrett Grove


The Sweetgrass crew and friends at work on the upcoming film Jumbo Wild. Top left: Steve Ogle; All others: Garrett Grove


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For decades,

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skiers, riders, alpinists, conservationists, and First Nations have fought a large-scale ski resort deep in the Purcell

A New Species of Ski Film Nearly a year ago, director Nick Waggoner of Sweetgrass Productions dove into the quarter-century-long fray unfolding at his doorstep in British Columbia.

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Would-be developers of Jumbo Glacier Resort envision a

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government stop-work orders and impassioned community

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outcry against a resort that developers promise would be “a

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snow rider’s dream.” All the while, a vast, raw environment,

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sacred to many First Nations people and critical for the

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existence of the grizzly bear, hangs in the balance.

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Laura Yale and Nicolas Teichrob take the scenic route home after a visit with Glacier Dome. British Columbia, Canada. Steve Ogle


Left: What goes up … Alex Yoder makes tracks both ways. Steve Ogle Right: What goes up must also be washed. Jumbo Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Steve Ogle


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Sketchy conditions. Leah Evans in the Jumbo Hut. British Columbia, Canada. Garrett Grove

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Leah Evans and Jasmin Caton strap in and buckle up for the bootpack. Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia, Canada. Garrett Grove


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Left: Patience pays off as Kye Petersen revels in some long-awaited fresh. Esplanade Range, British Columbia, Canada. Garrett Grove Right: When it storms, this is how we roll. Max Hammer and Alex Yoder, British Columbia, Canada. Steve Ogle


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Walking the Ground Two skiers talk about wild places, community and defending the mountains that move them

Top right: Leah Evans and Jasmin Caton get granular before a week-long traverse in the Jumbo Valley region. Garrett Grove Bottom right: Route-finding in real time. Garrett Grove

Jasmin Caton and Leah Evans both live and work in southeastern British Columbia: Caton as a ski guide and co-owner of Valhalla Mountain Touring; Evans as founder and director of the freeski program Girls Do Ski in Revelstoke. Caton has been skiing the backcountry since she was a child, while Evans comes from a hard-charging, competitive freeskiing environment. We spoke with them just after they’d completed an eight-day ski traverse through a section of the Jumbo Glacier backcountry, to see for themselves the site of the proposed and hotly contested Jumbo Glacier Resort.

You’d never skied together before this trip.

Jumbo resort have ever actually walked

How’d the dynamic work?

on that ground.

to appreciate the environment, but also to

Jasmin: A trip like this with new people

Jasmin: I totally agree. Having looked at

protect it?

can leave you with a feeling of, “Hmmm,”

the plans and then seeing the terrain with

Jasmin: A huge part of my job is capturing

but this was definitely a “YES.” Hanging

my eyes, I just … the pieces don’t add

people at a fresh state and then modeling

out with Leah has inspired me to try some

up. The glaciers are crumbling and big,

an appropriate interaction with the environment. We’re recreating in this

more exciting stuff. Our skills are really

with real relief and craggy rocks. There

complementary, and we can offer each

are proposed ski lifts where the terrain is

space, and we need to do it well. I also

other a lot.

totally rugged, there are runs that end at

guide a lot of the same people year after year so I see their evolution, see them tune

Leah: For sure. I watched everything

huge icefalls. Even if I wanted this resort

Jasmin did because she has such depth

to happen, I feel it’d be destined to fail,

in and make connections about climate

of experience out there. I’d see her do

or be much less than it’s supposed to be,

and snow conditions.

something with her pack or something,

in a very half-assed way.

and I’d say, “Um, I’m going to do that with my pack, too.” I want to learn as much as I can from her.

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So you try and inspire your clients not just

You make your living skiing, but you both had very different ways you might’ve gone. Leah: I grew up in Rossland and went to

You went to see where the proposed Jumbo

university in Virginia on a field hockey

Glacier Resort would be if it came to pass.

scholarship. But my heart was just not in it.

Leah: I guess I don’t think of it as something I do, it’s the way I am. As a teacher, you are the example of how to interact with a place. There’s a community of people right now that’s changing how we interact with the backcountry. It’s such an exciting time.

Can you describe it?

It was a matter of committing full-heartedly

Leah: I’ve skied in big mountains my entire

to something, and for me it was skiing.

life, but I definitely felt like, “Whoa, this

Jasmin: Academics were a huge part of

the extreme side of the backcountry. And

is jumbo terrain.” And to put a ski area in

my life, and I was given a great scholarship

yet the quiet and the expanse are a huge part of the actual experience for people.

Most ski movies today seem to celebrate

that valley makes no sense. As a forest

to university to study hydrogeology but

firefighter, I spent two years in this one field

never really left behind the mountains. I

Leah: I think we’re getting burnt out on

picking up sticks, I got to know each tree

find meaning in guiding that I never found

the speed of everything like Facebook

and log. Then they came and logged it, and

working a science job. I guess it’s how I

and Twitter. We want to be unplugged.

until then, I’d never felt what it was to be an

express my concern about nature and the

There’s something very organic about

environmentalist. I guess I’d love to know

wilderness. Guiding may seem frivolous,

getting up, putting your boots on and

if the people who are making plans for the

but it’s not frivolous at all.

going walking. It’s quieter but it’s more


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adventures, but community is what makes it home. Squamish (where I work as a rock climbing guide in the summers) is my place, and so is Valhalla. Leah: Revelstoke is definitely home. It’s this little pocket where I’m normalized, where all aspects of my life are accepted. Does the prospect of the Jumbo development throw a new light on your home and community? Leah: It takes time to build a community— whether it’s my community in Revelstoke or my wider mountain community—to make connections, to learn how resources are being used. I think the prospect of Jumbo is a sad but galvanizing moment. powerful. When you come out of a trip like

adjustments that hopefully keep the

Jasmin: Having something to stand

the traverse we just did, you’re not sure

numbers game from catching up to you.

behind, beyond our personal adventures,

you want to turn on your phone ever again.

It’s almost hard for me to get into Leah’s

has made for deeper conversations and

Jasmin: There’s a group of people I’ve

head and emulate an athlete like her, who

connections. People’s passion for the

guided several times who’d never done

skis with such confidence, because my

issue, and how they dedicate their energy

“Without exception, every person who stands on top of a mountain on a calm day after touring there says, ‘It’s so quiet.’” anything other than cat-ski, but this year

brain is so in the habit of assessing, where

toward it, inspires me. It’s made me

they requested a week-long tour. I would

I think, “That looks fun, but what if it goes

realize how much I respect people who

never have predicted that. What drove

wrong?” I’m always asking, “What if?” So

care about and act on things beyond their

them to this touring thing, because they

to push myself physically to ski the way

personal pursuits.

definitely struggled physically … I think,

I know I can, I need the right balance of

even if they didn’t know they were seeking

confidence and caution.

it, they were drawn by the nonmechanized

Leah: I’ve always wanted to push myself,

nature of it. The silence, the expanse, the

see how fast I can go, what I can jump.

deeper commitment. Because in the end,

That always worked for me. But I got in

without exception, every person who

an avalanche recently and it rattled me.

stands on top of a mountain on a calm day

Now there’s a voice in my head that never

after touring there says, “It’s so quiet.”

existed before. Now I think, I love all these

It’s hard to avoid a discussion of risk when we talk about backcountry skiing. What is your relationship to risk and how do you manage that reality? Jasmin: There’s a saying, “You live and die by your habits.” The days I log in

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people (my family, friends, community), and all these people love me. For me not to respect their love for me isn’t an option. I want to be here for a long time, so I’m going to have to re-evaluate the equation that had been working for me.

What actions would you be willing to take personally to oppose Jumbo? Leah: Making people aware of the issue is one of the biggest things we can do to protest the build-out. I want to be on the educational side of things, presenting the issue to people, youth especially, and encouraging them to get outside in nature, to think about democracy and how it should work. Jasmin: I’ve been involved in civil disobedience in the past, and I would certainly spend some time waving signs at a protest. But planning trips that raise

backcountry terrain every winter is well

Your work takes you both to some incredible

awareness of the landscapes at stake and

over 100, so I always try to be vigilant with

places, but what makes a place home?

educating my clients would be a better use of my skills. But I’m staying in this

my assessments and to err on the side

Jasmin: Community. The people I work

of caution—hopefully not so I’m robbing

with. My husband. My dog. If I was there

fight. It’s shown me that it’s essential to

myself of experience, but regrouping all

by myself, a place wouldn’t be my place.

my happiness to be involved in something

the time. You have to make tons of small

The landscape might allow for all sorts of

bigger than just myself and my adventures.


Left: “My brain is so in the habit of assessing. I’m always asking, ‘What if?’” – Jasmin Caton Garrett Grove Above: “I’ve skied in big mountains my entire life, but I definitely felt like, ‘Whoa, this is Jumbo terrain.’” – Leah Evans Garrett Grove Right: Evans and Caton raise a can to the trip. Garrett Grove

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Left: Brodie Smith, Jamie Whiteside, Alex Yoder and Max Hammer break trail to the summit. Steve Ogle Right: Max Hammer, pack animal. Jumbo Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Steve Ogle


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Keep Jumbo Wild - The Fight to Protect Jumbo Glacier

Patagonia Snow 2015 Catalog (U.S.)  

Keep Jumbo Wild - The Fight to Protect Jumbo Glacier