Will Locals' Passion For Powder Be Enough To Save Teton Pass Ski Area?

Will Locals' Passion For Powder Be Enough To Save Teton Pass Ski Area?

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Will Locals' Passion For Powder Be Enough To Save Teton Pass Ski Area?

Is the sun setting on Teton Pass Ski Area, or is it a brand new day? | Photo: Teton Pass Ski Resort Facebook Page

A group of involved locals are hoping to rescue Teton Pass Ski Area from the clutches of idleness after the ski hill failed to open this season reports the Great Falls Tribune.

Related: Montana Ski Resort for Only $3.5 Million

The lead owner and operator, Nick Wood reportedly subsidized the ski area along with others for the last few years but that routine changed after two other owners lost homes this past year in the California and Florida natural disasters. They are now trying to sell the hill.

Responding to the prospect of no skiing for residents of Choteau, MT, approximately 100 locals gathered at the Stage Stop Inn to find a sustainable solution that would keep the ski area open for the long-term. Ideas thrown into the mix included pivoting to a co-op or non-profit structure that could allow for community buy-in.

The Forest Service lease is currently going for $650,000 and the purchase price of the land is unknown. USFS officials are currently wondering whether they’ll need to remove lifts by next season if the future of Teton Pass Ski Area remains in question.

Mountain Stats:

  • Annual Snowfall – 250″
  • Vertical Drop – 1,010′
  • Skiable Terrain – 330 acres
  • Lifts – 3
  • Trails – 43

Find the entire Great Falls Tribune article here: With price tag at $650,000, community looks at options for Teton Pass Ski Resort

 

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