The environmental assessment certificate of Jumbo Glacier Resort is set to lapse. The certificate was issued to Glacier Resorts Ltd. in 2004, to build an all-season ski resort in the Purcell Mountains, in Southwest British Columbia, Canada. The absence of a “substantial start” to construction by October 12 would mean the ten-year old environmental assessment certificate cannot be renewed. The Ktunaxa First Nation have contested the project, primarily over concerns it would threaten the Qat’muk Grizzly Bear population. The project would also develop four glaciers (Dome, Jumbo, Commander and Farnham) within a larger ski area. The completed resort would have twenty ski lifts, ferrying skiers up to 3,400 metres elevation, with a 6,300 bed ski village in the valley below. Unlike Europe, North America does not seem to have a particularly strong tradition of developing glaciers into skiing areas.