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Proposed Bitterroot Resort: Discuss

post #1 of 5
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I hiked Carlton Ridge/Lolo peak (Bitterroot Resorts potential highlight) today and found myself very excited for the 07/08 season. Lolo Peak has been a very accessible peak for Missoula back country skiers and riders (among other activities year-round).This proposal is and will remain very controversial here in Missoula. There are many factors that the local people are concerned with. Just a few are great impacts on economy, protected wilderness, water, and population. What are your thoughts?

http://www.bitterrootresort.us/

post #2 of 5
Well, from my perspective, it's selfish. A new resort down in Missoula would naturally impact "it's-always-gonna-be-Big-Mountain-to-me". It would remove skiers from our slopes, which sounds nice at first, but WE'RE NOT CROWDED NOW and could threaten the ability of Foley to make some bucks which might interfere with us staying open at all. So, on balance, I'm against it without regard to the environment, etc.
post #3 of 5
sibhusky - that's an interesting point and one I hadn't considered ("staying open at all")

Anyway, my $.02 is that any new area is a good thing, especially when it combines National Forest with private land. Say what you will, but any new area that hopes to thrive requires a real estate component in order to build the infrastructure (lifts, cafeteria, somewhere cozy with a fireplace) that 99% of skiers want. Especially in this part of the country where destination skiers are critical. In that regard, Bitterroot Resort seems to have all the tough issues solved. I'm sure a lot of folks will disagree with those statements and point at Silverton as the example that proves it otherwise. I'd point at Silverton as the example that proves it to be true. 80 skiers a day only counts as a viable operation if your base consists of school bus and yurt. (Don't count me wrong, I LOVE Silverton, but it's not for most people.)

Anyway, the general thoughts on this forum concerning Bitterroot Resort seem to be negative because:

1. MacClay has pissed off a lot of locals and now the Forest Service. He's not winning friends.
2. There's not enough snowfall on that mountain to make it sustainable.
post #4 of 5
This resort is all about development which the Bitterroot Valley doesn't need. It's too low in elevation to maintain snow on the runs from December through March so much of the mountain would be unskiable most of the season. The Missoula area would be better served by improving Snowbowl.
post #5 of 5
My understanding is that the lower flanks of Lolo (where it is located) is not sustainable for skiing. Not enough snow.
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