I know nothing about the area in question here.
But, over at TGR I have brought up the fact that environmentalists are not the friend of the skier, they are the enemy. I know that a lot of you super liberal left wingers don't want to hear that, and can't accept it, but it is the truth.
Clinton's roadless rule shut down the proposed Treasure Mountain development near Libby, MT. And environmental extremists are currently fighting, delaying the proposed Lolo Peak ski resort near Missoula. I would have loved to see the Tresure Mountain development go through for many reasons, but it's dead now. As far as the Lolo Peak resort goes I don't think it has much of a chance because the green nazis control the courts which in turn control our lives.
There are millions and millions of public acres and wilderness lands in the West, we're not being greedy, Ok if lust for powder is being greedy then I'm guilty, we're just asking for a couple thousand acres here and there to give us some new resorts to explore. I enjoy the backcountry too, but I'd rather get dropped off via lift on top of a ridge and start from there than have to trudge up 4,000 vertical feet for 1 run per day. I prefer a place like Kicking Horse that allows you to get thousands of backcountry downhill vert per day. I also would say that if I had more resort options I'd use my snowmobile a lot less, so that would be better, right.
With regard to the resort proposal, from Dave's site it looks promising. Simply keeping the option open for future exploration seems very reasonable.
When it comes to environmental encroachment ski resorts are low on the list of problems. Wildly expanding suburbs, logging and the diversion of water for farming/farming subsidies all impact far more land every year then all the proposed ski resorts could ever hope to occupy over the next hundred. But the sudden construction of a ten mile square resort on some mountain is an emotionally loaded issue, whereas the destruction of thousands of acres of forest one house at a time is banal and unfortunately doesn't attract much attention.
Finally a ski area in a place like this gives more people the opportunity to get in touch with the wilderness and hopefully motivated to protect it in a broader sense, instead of just locking away a few square miles, patting themselves on the back, while wild-cat suburbs over-run hundreds.