Fernie’s newest mountain facility and community, Heaven’s Gate, is becoming a reality.
The project is in the works, with the first phase of investment planned for the end of this month. The closing date for the purchase of roughly 4,750 acres of land, within and adjacent to the City of Fernie, will be on or before September 28.
Heaven’s Gate will include Fernie’s second ski resort, with a high-speed gondola connecting the downtown area to the summit of Fernie Ridge. Some of the other planned facilities for the site include a conference centre, hotel accommodations, and commercial and residential housing.
The project is being led by Craig McLeod, founder of Evolve Resort Group, Roi Bannerman, founder of a non-profit ministry, and Heiko Socher, former owner and operator of Fernie Alpine Resort. While the team hasn’t unveiled the next steps following the upcoming purchase of land, the project is moving forward. “We’re still working away and making progress,” remarked McLeod.
From skiing and snowboarding to hiking and sight seeing, Heaven’s Gate is working to offer a wide range of year round activities once the project is complete.