Meeting set to discuss expanding Lookout Pass Ski Area on Idaho-Montana border

The Spokesman-ReviewApril 21, 2014 

An open house meeting to present proposals for expanding Lookout Pass Ski Area is set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor's Office, 3815 Schreiber Way in Coeur d'Alene.

Proposals call for 15 new ski trails extending into an additional 653 acres of national forest lands.

Two additional lifts would be built.

Ski area officials say the expansion is necessary for the resort to remain economically viable and competitive by offering terrain for a wider range and number of skiers.

A group of backcountry skiers and snowshoers says the Forest Service should prepare a recreation plan for the entire Lookout Pass and Stevens Peak backcountry area before authorizing the expansion.

John Latta of the Inland Northwest Backcountry Association said the expansion will displace snowmobiling which may have a domino effect of diverting motorized traffic into the rare backcountry ski areas that are accessible in a day.

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