It does look like Oberti has learned a few things since KH, Jumbo. Having partnered with the original developer of RMR who has told the media that he's willing to finance the first phase himself.
Oberti has said that his expectation is Valmount will be developed first, and will prove to the people near Jumbo that it will be a positive thing for the valley and the development of Jumbo will follow Valemounts lead.
Gondola Line issues - There will be no day parking at the village. Parking will be below the main village and day skiers will access the village by chairlift. This will greatly preserve the experience of those actually staying in the village. Since they all will get first que in the morning line up. The village will fill more gradually with day skiers. Rather than the bum rush for first chair that you get at RMR.
Local and First Nation Support - The claim is that Oberti was approached by the local government and first nations. They want the resort there. true? false? no idea....
Bring the people to the mountains. - Where RMR/KH have failed in doing so. RMR/KH were built right outside of town. Basically in the "foothills" Jumbo is planned for deep in the heart of the mountains. Road maintenance and travel would be very challenging and costly. Valemounts plan is to stretch a primary gondola from a relatively low valley bottom (much like KH base) along the spine of a ridge deep into the mountains.
Mid station on the gondi - The primary gondola will have a few stops at ridge top. With chairlifts out of the main base, as well as chairlifts at the "end of the line".
Airport - The runway is currently 4000ft enough for charter flights with plenty of flat land for expansion. As well, it is located directly below the main base. In phase 3, there is to be ski runs, cut down to the landing strip. Ski to the plane has been mentioned.
tourism - Jasper national park is only 90minutes away, (100km) and receives over 2 million annual visits.
Snow - the terrain overlaps with CMH valmount - they claim 1400cm/550in at 1800m/6000ft
With all that said I agree with the pessimism in this thread. The are hoping to open July 1st 2017, Canada Day, but i'm not holding my breath.
Edited by surfacehoar - 6/19/16 at 11:33am