Lookout’s Long Range Vision
In a timeline spanning the next 20 years, Lookout Pass is planning to expand lift-served terrain by about 2,000 acres. Our master plan includes opening to two additional 6,200-foot peaks west-southwest of the existing ski area that stand as the gateway to the St. Regis basin. The concept includes a new 20,000 square-foot base lodge on what is currently the back side of the ski area. The existing lodge—the oldest continuously operating ski lodge in Idaho, will continue to offer full services.
Phase One Expansion: At the lower left of existing runs rendered in red, two new lifts (black) and new runs rendered (white) are being planned.
Phase One of the expansion plan has undergone the prescreening process required by the National Environmental Protection Act. The U.S. Forest Service has accepted the concept for Phase One, including two double chairs off a mountain now christened “Eagle Peak” that straddles the Idaho/Montana border. The trail plan seeks to take advantage of as many north-facing slopes as possible. Skiing and riding will take place on about 700 acres. About 1,400 vertical feet will drop through a variety of intermediate and advanced terrain. Beautiful ridge lines sweeping into the new base area offer outstanding views.
Phase Two of the long-range plan includes a new lodge and parking at the base of the second additional peak in an area covering about 30 acres. The new base area will continue to be accessed by Exit 0 on I-90, but instead of taking a right turn into the existing parking lot, visitors will take a left and drive down old Highway 10 – the route over Lookout Pass before the interstate was built. About a mile down the road the new base area will take shape.
Phase One could become a reality in a few years. The outcome of environmental studies currently underway will determine the timeline.