B.C. to approve Jumbo Glacier Mountain ski resort

CBC News has learned the B.C. government will approve Jumbo Glacier Alpine Resort today.

The controversial year-round ski resort located in the Purcell Mountains, 55 kilometres west of Invermere, B.C, has been on the books for two decades, having gone through all regulatory approvals, but no government would sign off on it until now.

The Liberals are expected to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. PT to announce the $1 billion development.

Even before the official announcement was made, the NDP is highly critical of the decision. Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald said the provincial approval changes nothing.

"People in the Columbia Valley have been absolutely clear. They feel strongly that building a resort in this area does not make sense," said Macdonald in a statement released Tuesday morning.

"It doesn't make sense environmentally or economically, and putting the B.C. Liberal stamp of approval on it doesn't change a thing."

With files from the CBC's Bob Keating