Lookout Pass

Ski and Recreation Area

Open 108 days
from November 21, 2013
to April 6, 2014;
closed with 68" at lodge
and 117" at the summit;
max summit depth 149"
on March 6, 2014.

Located just off I-90 at Exit 0, on the Idaho Montana border, midway between major airports in Spokane, WA, and Missoula, MT, Lookout Pass Ski Area is famous for its FREE ski school for kids 6 to 17, and DEEP champagne powder for everyone. Lookout Pass Ski Area has offered a family atmosphere and inexpensive winter adventures for seventy-eight years. Created in 1935, the ski area on Lookout Pass was operated by the Idaho Ski Club, a non-profit community organization financed in large measure by several Silver Valley mines, until 1991, when it became a commercial venture.

Current view of I-90 traffic
camera facing northwest
at Exit 0

 

 
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I skied at big and little resorts throughout New England, Colorado, Utah, and California before moving here twenty years ago. Lookout Pass ranks at the top of my list for its deep champagne powder dumps and uncrowded slopes. However, it is interesting to see how Lookout compares with 216 other Ski Areas across the nation.

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Lookout expansion plan accepted
By GORDON RAGO Staff writer | Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013

President and CEO Phil Edholm of Lookout Pass Ski Resort submitted phase I of an expansion plan back in March 2010 and it has finally been accepted for a third party to begin certain environmental impact studies.

The proposed expansion of 700 acres would add two more chair lifts and 14 new ski runs on Eagle Peak, a newly christened mountain that straddles the Idaho/Montana border and has a top elevation of 6,150 feet and bottom elevation of 4,800.

A National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) consultant is the selected third party that will meet in the next weeks to go over the various subjects of environmental studies. "That includes everything from soils, wildlife corridors, and hydrology," Edholm said. "If any disturbances are found, we will go from there."

Lookout Pass skiers and riders should be pleased to see the process of expansion continue to progress as time passes.

New Expansion Plans Revealed
the next phase in Lookout Pass Ski Area's expansion
Click this animated map for more information.
IF you have the FREE Google Earth program installed, you may open skiing_at_Lookout_Pass.kmz for immediate viewing, or save the file to view later. This tour of two dozen points of interest includes a flight from Mullan up I-90 to the top of Lookout Pass Ski Area. The flight path then circles the Saint Regis Lakes Basin showing the location of eight alpine lakes before returning to Runt Mountain for a good look at the Montana Side (chair 2) of the resort. The aerial photograph that Google Earth manipulates finally shows the ski area as it currently exists with five expert/intermediate powder runs facing Mullan, Idaho (chair 3).
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This tour was last enhanced on October 15, 2008. Click on a screen shot to see a 1000 pixel wide version in another window.
 
 

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In 1998, about 50 acres, originally called Buzzards Valley, was opened for snowboarders and skiers. This area, renamed Claim Jumper in 2001, and B-52 in 2003, by the current Forest Service leasee, continues to attract the adventurous to its 1100 foot long terrain park and acres of trees. For the 2001/02 season, a new advanced beginner run named Hoot Owl was cut into the timbered area.

Early in 2003, a major expansion began as a result of the Forest Service approved Final Environmental Impact Statement. Phase I of Alternative D was implemented for the 2003/04 season with the addition of a new lift and 5 new runs that face the St. Regis Lakes Basin to the south. All 7 new runs may be visualized by comparing

click to enlarge the new lodge as of March 19, 2004 Phase II was the expansion of the old outside deck into a two story building, with a dining area on the first floor during the 2004/05 season, and an 8 keg bar and scenic lounge on the second floor in time for the 2005/06 season.

click to enlarge the new lodge as of December 2, 2006
 
During the summer of 2006, the food court was greatly expanded and the front of the Lodge was modified to incorporate an efficient bay of ticket windows.

skiing on the new terrain facing the St. Regis Lakes Basin; photo by Paulette Ross; animation by Greg Marsh; click to read description

Phase III built the new north-facing ski area shown in the FEIS figure. As may be seen from the photos below, these runs are very steep and will appeal to experts and over-achieving intermediate skiers and boarders. The photos show the progression of events beginning with a cross valley view of the new terrain as of September 2006. The wide bare earth run will become Hercules. The middle photo was shot by someone who poached Hercules in December 2006. The run to the left will become Purgatory and will accommodate the new North Star chairlift in the summer of 2007. The photo on the right was shot midway down Hercules in December 2007. The mouseover enlargements associated with each photo show the same place. Click on a photo to enlarge it in a separate window.

The new North Star loading station is located just above the Northern Pacific Trail a forest road and historic railbed enhanced for recreational multi-use by the Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Trails and the High Mountain ATV Association during the summers of 2004 and 2005. The railbed is a popular snowmobiling and cross-country skiing route between Idaho and Montana every winter. Poachers used this route to get back to the resort during the 2006/07 ski season.

click to enlarge the new expert terrain as of September, 2006 click to enlarge the (out-of-bounds) expert terrain in December, 2006 click to enlarge the deep powder on Hercules in December, 2007
 
North Star Lift added in Lookout Pass Ski Area's 70th Year of Operation!

SHOSHONE NEWS-PRESS, Thursday, December 27, 2007:
Lookout Pass The lines cut into the north slope of Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area Wednesday morning were among the first ever made on that part of the mountain.

The six new runs down 1,000 vertical feet were previously untouched by skiers and boarders save for the odd backcountry skier, but they are now open to the public via a new chair lift system, the North Star Chair, that began running Wednesday.

The runs expand the the mountain's expert ski territory with three black diamond runs and three additional intermediate runs.

Silver Valley resident Greg Marsh was one of those skiers to make first tracks Wednesday morning.

"For years, Lookout has been famous as a family ski area," he said, "but this lift adds a whole new dimension to the mountain."

Marsh is a Lookout Pass season pass holder, and an expert skier with nearly 40 trips to the mountain logged last season. He said he still found the resort's new terrain challenging.

"It's really steep and pretty hard," he said. "Boy, I was literally over my head on Big Dipper (one of the new runs)."

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Lookout's original opening day has been established as February 24, 1938, although skiing and a home-made rope tow have been documented as early as the winter of 1935/36. Lookout's original section of the base lodge is the second oldest ski lodge in the Northwest after Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood.

Lookout Pass Ski Area and the Route of the Hiawatha bike trail are operated by Lookout Associates, LLC, pursuant to special use permits with the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Additional information concerning the Lookout Pass Ski Area and the Route of the Hiawatha bike trail can be found at Lookout Associates' websites, which can be accessed through the "official site" hyperlink appearing on this website, or by telephoning Lookout Associates at (208) 744-1301. Lookout Associates does not maintain the website you are now reading and is not responsible for its content.
 

Ski Photo Journals

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  • 2004/2005 season
    • Looking east into Montana at 9 AM
    • Early morning in the Woods
    • On top of Cloud 9
    • Mt Stevens at the end of St. Regis Lake Basin
    • Lucky Friday Glades
  • 2005/2006 season
    • Looking south into the Saint Regis Lakes Basin
    • Looking at what will be North Side runs
    • Last Chance Glades (new)
    • POWDER on the Montana side
    • Sunny days and long views
  • 2006/2007 season
    • Looking north at Glidden Peak
    • Early season powder
    • Tree skiing on the Montana Side
    • The Wetlands
    • Cruising on the Montana Side
  • 2007/2008 season
    • Looking west from new runs
    • Solitude in the Trees
    • Hercules on the North Side
    • Marmot on the North Side
  • 2009/2010 season
    • blue bird powder Wednesday
    • high resolution spring skiing
    • Copper Basin close up
    • St. Regis Basin close up
  • 2010/2011 season Click to see photos taken during 2010/2011 ski season
    • the NEW Lucky Friday Glades
    • mid-December blue bird day
    • tree skiing is fun, but there are pit falls
 

Several backcountry areas filled with alpine lakes are nearby for the enjoyment of the cross-country skiing enthusiast. A dozen miles west on the Interstate is the historic town of Wallace, and another dozen miles takes you to Silver Mountain Ski Area located above the town of Kellogg.
The 2013/2014 Snowfall Log for Both Ski Areas with Commentary
was last updated on May 26, 2014.

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The links below are to the official Lookout Pass Ski Area website at skilookout.com. Each will open a separate window to provide current information about the 2013/2014 season.        new The phone number for the resort is (208) 744-1301.
Open 108 days
from November 21, 2013
to April 6, 2014;
closed with 68" at lodge
and 117" at the summit;
max summit depth 149"
on March 6, 2014.
Current view of I-90 traffic
I-90 camera at Exit 0, facing northwest
at Exit 0, elevation 4725'

Ski Area elevation: 4800' to 5650'

The 2013/2014 Snowfall Log with Commentary and Photos
was last updated on Monday, May 26, 2014.
 
Winter Legacies
  • The 2012-2013 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 106 days from November 25 to April 13
      139 inches at summit on March 23
    • Silver was open 94 days from December 7 to April 27
      91 inches at summit on March 23
  • The 2011-2012 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 113 days from November 18 to April 7
      176 inches at summit on March 23
    • Silver was open 101 days from November 21 to May 13
      135 inches at summit on March 30
  • The 2010-2011 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 112 days from November 19 to April 10
      192 inches at summit on March 17 & April 8
    • Silver was open 103 days from November 26 to May 7
      145 inches at summit on April 7
  • The 2009-2010 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 111 days from November 13 to April 4
      90 inches at summit on February 13
    • Silver was open 96 days from November 27 to April 17
      70 inches at summit on April 10
  • The 2008-2009 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 93 days from December 13 to April 11
      144 inches at summit on April 3
    • Silver was open 92 days from December 18 to April 25
      118 inches at summit on April 3
  • The 2007-2008 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 98 days from November 29 to April 6
      197 inches at summit on April 3
    • Silver was open 128 days from December 7 to JUNE 1
      178 inches at summit on March 31 - April 12
  • The 2006-2007 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 106 days from November 16 to April 7
      163 inches at summit on March 1 - 3
    • Silver was open 132 days from November 24 to April 28
      117 inches at summit on March 2 - 4
  • The 2005-2006 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 111 days from November 12 to April 9
      168 inches at summit on March 26 and 27
    • Silver was open 118 days from December 3 to April 29
      139 inches at summit on March 10
  • The 2004-2005 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 83 days from November 27 to April 10
      85 inches at summit on January 16 and 17
    • Silver was open 97 days from December 3 to April 10
      80 inches at summit on April 2 and 3
  • The 2003-2004 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 104 days from Nov 15 to April 4
      119 inches at summit on March 7
    • Silver was open 136 days from Nov 25 to April 11
      85 inches at summit on March 7
  • The 2002-2003 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 69 days from Dec 21 to April 6
      130 inches at summit on March 9
    • Silver was open 101 days from Dec 20 to April 13
      111 inches at summit on April 6
  • The 2001-2002 Ski Season at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain
    • Lookout was open 80 days from Nov 30 to March 31
      225 inches at summit from March 21 to 23
    • Silver was open 90 days from Dec 2 to April 7
      209 inches at summit on March 21 and 22
  • Recap of 2000-2001 Ski Season at Lookout
    open 84 days from Nov 25 to April 1
    94 inches at summit from Feb 16 to 19
  • 2000 INSA Five Mountain Rider Cross Series
  • Buzzards Valley

US Forest Service, USDA Lookout Pass Ski Area operates under a Special-Use Permit of the U.S. Forest Service with Lookout Associates, LLC, in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
click to see the Route of the Hiawatha
Summer 2001
Lookout Associates, LLC, is also the concessionaire for the nearby 15 mile long Route of the Hiawatha (a.k.a. "Taft Tunnel") mountain bike trail.
 
 

click to see more of Lookout Pass Thank you for your interest in this Silver Valley attraction. Please note that my webwork is in no way associated with the current Forest Service leasee of the ski area on Lookout Pass, Lookout Associates, LLC, but is based on public information, my experience managing the rental and retail shop on this Forest Service property during the 2000/01 season, and my involvement with the Lookout Pass Ski Area in prior seasons. The purpose of this multi-page wallace-id.com websuite is to provide current and historical information about the area, to offer an independent viewpoint on the operation of this community asset, to share photographs of my favorite ski area (including the one on the right taken in 1994), and to present original topographical animations of the new terrain described in the approved expansion plans. Other than small commissions from occasional Amazon sales, no financial gain is realized from this websuite. It exists as part of a larger mission to promote all recreational opportunities near Wallace, Idaho, in order to improve the area's general economy.

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Thank you,
Greg Marsh, Ph.D.
Marsh Scientific Services

Please visit skilookout.com for more information about this Silver Valley attraction.

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