I just realized i can't edit the title. It should read 2013.
According to an article in Ski Canada magazine, written by regular contributor George Koch, the developer of Jumbo Glacier Resort near Invermere B.C. hopes to launch limited public summer skiing on the Farnham Glacier part of the recently government approved future year round Alpine resort. In some previous summers the Canadian National Ski Team has used snow cats and a portable T-bar for summer training on Farnham Glacier. My guess is it will be somewhat like Mount Hood maybe smaller.
According to the article, if architect/developer Oberto Oberti gets the $20-$50 million he needs from an interested major French lift company and the pension fund that finances it, then phase one construction of the Gondola will start in 2014. The gondola will go from the 1500' above sea level to the 5500' level where a village will be built eventually with 1500 beds. From there 3 chairs (protected by trees) and 3 T-bars (presumably on the exposed glaciers) will go up from there to close to 12000' asl and complete phase one. Based on the low elevation of the proposed gondola that will off load at the village, I'm guessing that there will be no ski runs served by the gondola.
Oberti claims that the business plan is not based on real estate sales. Good thing because 1500 beds at build out doesn't cut it. However there are roughly 7,000 under utilized beds 20 miles down the road at Panarama Ski Resort.
The area gets around 400" of snow but ironically nearby Panarama at 180" gets the least snow of any major B.C. ski resort and has the most snow making.
You can be sure that if they are running next summer, I will be there checking it out.