Lookout Pass is moving ahead with their expansion plans, though an application has not yet been submitted to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (who will be the lead for Idaho Panhandle and Lolo National Forests) for review under NEPA.
In a revision of sorts, Lookout has chosen to start with what they are calling Phase 1, which consists of two new chair lifts and eleven new runs to be cut along the Idaho-Montana state-line ridge west of the existing ski area (see map below). This is an area that has been used by backcountry skiers for years. The plan also will entice out-of-bounds skiers to use the current snowmobile access to St. Regis Basin for returning to the base of the area’s current Chair Number 3.
For the time being, Lookout has decided not to advance its plan for expansion south of St. Regis Creek, including the construction of a large base facility, new parking area and five additional chair lifts.
When Phase 1 goes through the NEPA process there will be opportunities for public comment. Backcountry skiers are encouraged to stay informed about the process.