I was talking with a co-worker this morning and he brought up a good point when discussing expanding into forest service land, "What about the Mac Clay Ski Area?" It turned out to be quite a controversial topic when the proposal came up. Tom Mac Clay wanted to use his own property for the resort and then expand into forest service land on the Lolo Peak area for the runs.  If I recall, he also needed to make artificial snow and wanted to use the runoff on the mountain to create that. I know there are similarities and differences when it comes to what each ski hill is proposing but it brings up the question, should Snowbowl expand when Mac Clay couldn't? The Lolo National Forest is accepting public comment on a planned expansion of the Montana Snowbowl ski area just north of Missoula.

Snowbowl wants to expand onto 1,088 acres of forest land west of the current resort to build a new lodge and add new terrain for beginning and intermediate skiers. The project would involve removing trees on 167 acres to accommodate the new runs, four new lifts and a new snowmaking reservoir.

The project would nearly double the acreage of the ski hill and increase its capacity from 1,500 to 3,066 skiers per day.

The Missoulian reports the comment period for the draft environmental impact statement is 45 days after it is published in the Federal Register, which is expected on March 11.

Story from the Associated Press