Originally Posted by EaglesFan581
But I also think it is stupid to think it would be bad to have a ski resort near you house..... Who wouldn't want to drive five miles to go skiing? Don't people also move to resort towns just to be there and ski often? Not to mention all the jobs it creates. Shit i'd begging somebody to slap a big resort right smack here in the middle of Maryland if they could, but we don't have the luxury of Large mountains due to topographical issues with the big man (god).
ho hum. did you read my post? we already have ONE ski area 5 miles from town...http://www.montanasnowbowl.com/
a 2d one closed because it couldn't operate, couldn't sell enough tickets... Marshall Mountain. it's hoping to renovate its business by opening to MTBs this summer, and my friends and I are going to be the architects of the trails.
I grew up in Maryland. perhaps you have some idealized view of life, thinking that ANOTHER ski area w/in 5 miles of me would be nirvana. I'm a realist, EaglesFan. A hard-hearted, not susceptible to emotional appeals -type of realist. And I have seen development of ski hills and "resorts," as well as golf courses... I grew up in Silver Spring and watched Montgomery County go from semi-rural only 5 miles from my house (Ashton) to no more semi-rural at all until you get to Fredrock... 40 miles further north. all in the span of 20 years.
Missoula has got aches and pains from growing similarly (but on a smaller scale because our town is smaller to begin) and I don't know a SINGLE PERSON who thinks that the ancillary traffic congestion, smog, crowds where there were none, etc., have been good for the area. not a single person.
people caught in the midst of growth don't see the changes happening and don't often voice their concerns, because they don't realize how much it will change. complaints after the fact should have historic value, I think. they should teach us what is to come. get it?
believe me, we don't need a developed resort at Lolo. it really won't benefit anyone except the investors. if Missoula's going to have more serious investment of the amount the Lolo project has invited, they ought to be contributing to our town, not to themselves and an elite clientele of whom Missoul locals probably would constitute 2% at best.
a good project that would benefit the town would be to have the same amount of monetary investment put into Marshall Mountain. that type of investment could make it possible for Marshall to function year-round with its lifts serving people interested in all sorts of alpine activities. THAT would be a wise use of a large investment in the Missoula area, and I guarantee that it would have a much lesser impact -- negative impact, I mean -- than would the Lolo proposal.
as to why we won't see the money put toward Marshall, you'd have to ask Tom Maclay why he wouldn't invest in anything that Bruce Doering owns or operates. see, we still have small town realities here. a new golf course is going in directly across the Clark Fork from the entrance to Marshall Mountain. if Maclay and Doering got along, they could've built a golf/ski complex RIGHT THERE. easy as pie. profit for everyone, no additional negative impact. but NOOOOO... the hardheaded cowboy rancher semi-richguy Maclay can't get along with Doering. and Doering's a poor businessman, most Missoulians know that much. so personal politics have caused a lot of negative effects here.