The most noticeable improvements that came to Lookout Pass Ski Area over the summer will be found on the Montana/Idaho face. "We removed the Boarderline Terrain Park on the Montana Face," says Lookout sales and marketing director Jason Bergman. "That means more features, rails, table tops and improvements in the other parks (Rolling Thunder and Huckleberry Jam) and more powder runs on the Montana Face for powder hounds." Lookout has also completed its annual brush cutting to clear debris on all mountain trails. "We have a projected opening day on Thanksgiving," says Lookout president/CEO Phil Edholm, "but we're ready to go as soon as we have sufficient snow."
In addition to on-mountain improvements, "Our fleet of PistenBully and Prinoth snowcats have gone through an extensive service program and are ready to lay down a sweet surface as soon as the snow arrives," says Bergman. "Our experienced grooming crew and fleet of five snow-grooming machines will insure world-class grooming every day we're open."
Bergman says that Lookout is still moving forward with its next long-range expansion stage: "The plan has been accepted by the U.S. Forest Service and includes two chairlifts on Eagle Peak, a mountain to the immediate west of the existing ski area, with a potential to add up to 700 acres with 14 new ski runs, plus gladed areas with a 1,400-foot vertical drop. Final environmental analysis will be released any day now, with project approval expected soon."
MAKING THE MOST OF IT
Join Lookout Pass for their Next Level Program, available for skiers, snowboarders, telemarkers and cross country skiers. Learn and progress on the groomers, steeps, bumps and crud, while taking your ability to the next level with this six-session program. Added this season is a Sunday session, in addition to their Friday program. Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders, the cost is $120 for the six sessions.
The best deal for skiers and boarders who want to commit to one mountain for the season, with visitation rights to other area resorts, is to buy a season pass. Lookout's pass has many added benefits. New this season for pass holders: Free lift-ticket offers for Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass and Southern California's Mountain High, as well as discounted lift tickets to resorts throughout Canada and the Northwest.
Other perks include lodging discounts at participating Silver Valley and Montana hotels, and discounted food and beverages at area restaurants. Check out their website (skilookout.com) for a full listing of pass holder benefits and further details.
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