Thanks for posting those! I had looked them up in Government of Alberta archives in the early 90s but never made copies. Where did you find them?Yes, instead. As for snow, the bid book said that that valley got the best snow of the entire Rockies range in Alberta. The main resort would have been north facing (sparrowhawk). the secondary would be west facing. Not sure how much higher the elevation of the valley bottom is on the spray side if any.
Tent Ridge (Spray Lakes Resort) and Mt. Shark have similar weather patterns and snowfall to Sunshine as they aren't far away as the crow flies. Tent Ridge is also wind sheltered. Sparrowhawk doesn't get as much snow and much of it would have been exposed above the treeline. It would have been by far the highest lift serviced resort on Canada, topping out around 10,000 ft. In comparison, the current highest lift in Canada is Sunshine's Great Divide Express at 8,900 ft.
The whole Spray Lakes project suffered scope creep. At its most ambitious, a private developer would have taken on Tent Ridge with the government developing Shark and Sparrowhawk and a small area on Mt. Lougheed. Sparrowhawk was thought to be too steep and cold to be commercially successful, so a small beginner pod would have complimented it on Lougheed. Smith Dorrien Trail would have been paved with a tunnel replacing the sketchy climb up from Canmore. A gondola would have linked the four mountains.
The Spray Valley sits at around 5.600 ft so the resort bases would be somewhat higher. Naksiska's base is at 5,000 ft. Louise is at 5,400 ft. Sunshine village is at 7,200 ft. Whistler is at 2,200 ft.
If the UCP had some guts, it would pursue an aggressive mountain tourism strategy as that would be one of the most obvious diversification plays:
-do something to advance redevelopment of Fortress
-build infrastructure and partner to develop Tent Ridge and Mt. Shark
-work with Feds to implement a shuttle bus system in Canmore and Banff in return for more hotel rooms and expansion of Sunshine and Louise
Of course, this is all a dream. Too bad more wasn't done in the 70's.
Another great proposal to see would be the Village Lake Louise plan from the early 70's.