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July 13, 2006

Bitterroot Resort Proposed Near Missoula, MT to have 5300 ft Vertical Drop

The Q and A section of the new plans for Bitterroot Resort near Missoula are posted online and link provided.

Ski trails have already been cut on the Maclay Ranch hillside that feeds into the proposed Village area. Bitterroot Resort will apply to the Forest Service for a special-use permit that will allow alpine and Nordic skiing on the north-facing slopes of Carlton Ridge, and in the Carlton Lake Basin area below Lolo Peak. This permit will offer the resort the unique advantage of having the greatest vertical drop (5,342 feet) in North America. The lift system in Phase I (covering approximately the first ten years of operation) will include seven four-seat chair lifts, four of which will be high-speed quads. Bitterroot's Nordic village, at the 6,000-foot level, will originate a trail system that will take advantage of approximately 40 miles of existing logging roads, interspersed with segments of new trail construction.

I was born in Northern Wyoming, but consider Billings my hometown. My mom still lives there as do her parents. Matter of fact, of my four biological grandparents (and also my step grandmother), all are either from Northern Wyoming or Southern Montana. I regularly try to get up to Big Sky and learned to ski at Red Lodge in Montana. Obviously as a skier and Montanan, anything of this magnatude bringing jobs to Montana is a good thing.

Check out the details on the resort at the link above. This is just south of Missoula, which houses the University of Montana (Go Griz). The area has a large granola eating, non bathing, armpit hair sporting, dreadlock wearing hippy crowd and happens to be the location that most Montana residents from the eastern part of the state head to when they need HMMM, HMMM, Smoking Supplies. I can think of nothing better to go with a community of hippies than a place to snowboard.

If you are from Montana, especially if you live in the area, show your support for winter recreation and look over the details. Destination skiing is a good thing. It generates new tax revenue (property only in Montana) which goes directly into the local schools and police and fire departments. It brings new business opportunities and benefits all.

Posted by Justin at July 13, 2006 11:58 AM



Great message. I live in the Bitterroot and feel the exact same way you do. The economy needs this.

If want to show their support, there's a petition on the resort website that they can sign and forward to others.

Thanks for the support!


Posted by: Tom Phillips at July 17, 2006 08:53 AM