What's new at Lookout Pass
Here's what’s new at Lookout Pass for 2014-2015.
ON THE IDAHO/MONTANA BORDER –Last winter Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area won accolades for incredible snowfall and family-friendly service. But the ski area isn’t resting on its laurels. Skiers and riders will discover many changes as the mountain continues to get bigger and better. Here’s an overview of recent projects and a summary of future plans at Lookout Pass:
Lodge Expansion: Lookout’s historic base lodge was expanded over the 2011 summer with an east wing that added about 84 seats featuring upslope views. A spacious new deck on the sunny side of the building is perfect for barbecues and checking out the action on the hill. An additional 14,000 square foot base lodge is projected to start construction during the summer of 2015. The main level will house a new food court, expanded seating, and meeting room space. The lower level will have overnight lodging rooms.
Terrain Parks: Jibbers will discover numerous improvements and upgrades to the Boarderline (front side), Rolling Thunder and Huckleberry Jam terrain parks, including features where tricks can be performed in plain view of guests relaxing on the deck. Lookout’s terrain park manager, Chuck Schmidt, also has a “natural themed park” and some special new features up his sleeve … stay tuned!
Snowsports School: A higher level of instruction is available at Lookout for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Programs include the Senior Workshop on Mondays, Downhill Divas for women only on Fridays and Next Level for intermediate and advanced skiers on Sundays. Individual and group lessons are offered every day the mountain is open.
Powder Wednesdays: Lookout gets so much snow we’re adding another day of face shots once again for 2014-15. In January and February the mountain will be open six days a week, from Wednesday through Monday.
New Snowcat: A Pisten Bully Edge has just been delivered to the mountain that brings Lookout’s fleet of snowcats up to five, ensuring that the mountain’s famous world-class grooming continues to earn great reviews.
Terrain Expansion: Phase One of Lookout’s long-range expansion plan has been accepted by the U.S. Forest Service. Phase One includes two chairlifts on Eagle Peak, a mountain to the immediate west of the current ski area, with the potential to add up to 700 acres with 1,400 vertical feet to Lookout’s skiable acreage. Public Scoping sessions will be held in Idaho and Montana in late April. Specific timelines have not been set due to environmental studies currently underway.