Bitterroot Resort’s latest proposal rejected. By Perry Backus. Ravalli Republic


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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Resort on the face of Bitterroot Range is turned down again

  1. avatar Ed says:

    As someone who loves to ski, I don’t see any real need for another resort here. There is already Lookout Pass in the same vicinity as well as Silver mountain a little further west in Idaho. A large portion of the usage at the above come from the greater Spokane area, which already has 7 ski areas within about two hours. They should just leave this as a wilderness.

  2. It sounds to me like it is really just a way to sell mountain real estate, something Montana and the United States doesn’t need more of.

  3. avatar vicki says:

    maybe these people need to look into eco tourism. no trace, profitable too

  4. avatar Dave Ausband says:

    From the article it sounds like if the applicants address some lynx issues all is a roll. Very disappointing for someone like me who is trying to raise my kid in a nearby town where it is harder and harder for regular folk to own any piece of property, however small and austere. A big resort just S of Missoula would make it even harder for our town to stay “small town, working class”. And I think that’s a damn shame.

  5. avatar natehobbs says:

    Here is one more reason to add to the list as why this is a bad idea here in Idaho. We can only assume this resort if built will suffer a similar fate.


July 2008


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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