Thinning project opens up new terrain for skiers at Lost Trail Powder Mountain

Scott Grasser has seen it coming for years now.

The steady march of red pine trees on the mountainsides around Salmon, Idaho, and in the Big Hole that announced the arrival of the mountain pine beetle.

In the last few ski seasons at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, the area’s co-owner heard skiers voice their concerns about all the red trees that were showing up between the runs.


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