Wallace, ID, Sept. 30--Lookout Associates has announced the acquisition of Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area from Dean Cooper. Phil Edholm, most recently president of Elk Meadows, Utah, will be the new president of Lookout. The other three principals are Hans Reifer, Steve Beaulieu and George Smart.
Lookout Associates has also acquired the rights to manage and operate the Route of the Hiawatha (ROTH) mountain bike/hike trail. ROTH utilizes the Old Milwaukee Railroad bed and extends 45 miles in the Bitterroot Mountain range.
Future changes at the area over the next two to five years include additional lifts, base area expansion and hotel development. Because the ski and recreation area operates under a special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, the new owners are awaiting completion of the NEPA process before they can proceed. "The local Forest Service has agreed in principle to our plan," Edholm said. "We just need to complete a couple of studies."