Montana's Teton Pass Ski Area Closing For Season
Teton Pass Ski Area on its Instagram account and on Facebook Friday announced they are closing for the remainder of the 2023/24 season citing the dismal winter and lack of snowfall.
It's located in a region of the state that is hurting for snow more than other areas of Montana. They also pointed out the financial repercussions of holding out for the possibility of more wintry weather to reopen as the ski season nears its end. They have only been able to open four days so far this season.
Owner Charles Hlavac posted that the ski area has been running in the red to cover early season payroll, insurance premiums, property tax, and start up costs for food, fuel, and explosives for avalanche mitigation. He went on say that even if the snow were to finally show up they couldn't recover financially for the season at this point.
“It's the correct decision from a truly non-emotional business perspective to 'cut off the limb to save the life,' in other words end this season now, so we can ensure more seasons in the future,” Hkavac posted.
The Sun-Teton-Marias basin, located just east of the Continental Divide on Montana's Rocky Mountain front, currently has less than half of it's normal snowpack for this time of year, which is a record low.
The Teton Pass Ski Area offers 400 skiable acres with three lifts and 43 runs. It has a 1,000-foot vertical that's lift served and an additional ,1300 vertical feet above the lifts that can be hiked for backcountry skiing. It's known for offering stunning mountain views, diverse terrain, short lift lines and plenty of access to backcountry skiing. It's located east of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and west of Choteau, Montana.