Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest and Teton Pass Ski Area to resolve permit compliance issues

Helena, Montana – Helena-Lewis & Clark  National Forest Supervisor Bill Avey announced today that the Forest is working with the permittee of the Teton Pass Ski Area, Inc., (“TPSA”) west of Choteau, Montana, to resolve permit compliance issues in order to ensure the future operation of a safe and viable ski area.

“We recognize that the Teton Pass Ski Area is valued by the public and the communities along the Rocky Mountain Front.   I appreciate the permittee’s willingness to work with the Forest Service to correct several special use permit compliance issues so that TPSA can be opened to serve the public as soon as possible,” stated Avey.

The Forest Service is cooperatively working with Montana Department of Environmental Quality and TPSA to ensure the remediation of a diesel fuel release.  In addition, the Forest Service, after conferring with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, has requested a plan from TPSA to address safety concerns related to the potential presence of avalanche control rounds that were used by TPSA as part of past operations.

A closure order, issued by the Forest Supervisor, remains in effect for entry into/onto the permitted ski area for public safety purposes.  An exemption may be issued to the current ski area permittee, Nick Wood, and/or his representative agent upon approval by the Forest of the permittee’s plans to resolve permit compliance issues.

Teton Pass Ski Area, consisting of approximately 407 acres, is located on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest and began day use ski operations in 1968.

For additional information, contact Michael Munoz, District Ranger for the HLCNF’s Rocky Mountain Ranger District at 406-466-5341 / Michael.Munoz@usda.gov.



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