Public Comment Being Taken on Snowbowl Ski Area Expansion

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – 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 intermediate and advanced 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.

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