Bitterroot Resort's goal is to build an all-season destination resort in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana utilizing land on the private Maclay Ranch and on the nearby National Forest lands to provide recreational and cultural opportunities for the local communities and the visiting public.
Location: The base area located in the historic Carlton area is ten miles south of Missoula and two miles west of four-lane Highway 93.
Private Land: Maclay Ranch encompasses 2,960 acres and extends from the valley floor up to a 6,160 foot elevation. The ranch land will provide 200 acres of skiable terrain with a 2,675 foot vertical drop, three chair lifts and a ski-in/ski-out residential community and village.
• The Bitterroot Resort team is gathering public input on community recreational priorities in Missoula and Ravalli counties.
• Bitterroot Resort will apply for a special-use permit to allow alpine and Nordic skiing on the north-facing slopes of Carlton Ridge once the Forest Plans for the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests have been revised.
• Development permits for the Resort Village will be sought from Missoula County.
National Forest Land: Bitterroot Resort is preparing a special-use permit application for development of alpine and Nordic skiing within approximately 12,000 acres of Bitterroot and Lolo National Forest lands extending seven miles from the edge of the Maclay Ranch. Approval of the application is subject to the various laws and regulations pertaining to the use of National Forest lands.
Alpine: Upon approval of a lease of U.S. Forest Service land, the vertical decent of the Bitterroot Resort would be the greatest in North America at 5,555 feet.
Cat-Skiing: More than 30 ski trails have already been shaped on the private Maclay Ranch. Guided cat-skiing tours commenced in January of 2006.
Nordic: Approximately 40 miles of existing logging roads, interspersed with segments of new trail construction, will comprise the Nordic trail system at 6,000 feet of elevation.
The Village: The all-season Resort Village will include shops, restaurants, lodging, meeting and convention facilities, golf courses, walking and bike paths, ice rink, condominiums, townhomes and single family ski-in/ski-out homesites.