CERIP funding a boost for the valley: Panorama CEO
The Panorama National Alpine Training Centre is set to receive more than $850,000 in funding for snowmaking and safety infrastructure as part of the B.C. Government’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP).
The grant, totalling $863,730 to the Panorama Foundation Society, is one of 54 awarded to new tourism projects throughout B.C., collectively receiving $20 million in support through the destination development stream. This funding supports shovel-ready tourism infrastructure and amenity projects that will aid in the recovery of tourism in B.C. communities.
“This investment by the B.C. Government is huge for the resiliency and continued development of tourism in the Columbia Valley,” said Steve Paccagnan, President and CEO of Panorama Mountain Resort. “Enhancing the snowmaking and safety infrastructure of the Panorama National Alpine Training Centre enables us to attract more people to the region during November, early December and late spring, which are traditionally lower volume periods.
“This funding will also create additional job opportunities and benefit local ski clubs whose young athletes will have world-class training facilities right on their doorstep.”
Work on the Panorama National Alpine Training Centre will begin this spring with many of the infrastructure upgrades complete by the fall.
Panorama Mountain Resort and surrounding communities are set to host the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in March 2022, the first time this prestigious event has taken place in Western Canada.
Lead image: A ski racer perfecting their skills at the Panorama National Alpine Training Centre. Panorama Mountain Resort photo