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Thu., Aug. 23, 2012, 6:12 a.m.

Ski club affronted by Forest Service cabin policy change

Volunteers from the Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club groom trails near the Gordon Reese Cabin on Forest Service land near Chief Joseph Pass, Montana. (Courtesy photo)
Volunteers from the Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club groom trails near the Gordon Reese Cabin on Forest Service land near Chief Joseph Pass, Montana. (Courtesy photo)

BACKCOUNTRY SKIING -- Montana skiers who've volunteered to maintain a ski-in cabin near Chief Joseph Pass say they're insulted the Forest Service is putting the cabin on the national reservation system.

The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club will no longer offer its services to operate and maintain the Gordon Reese Cabin they donated to the U.S. Forest Service at Chief Joseph Pass in 2001, according to a story in the Ravalli Republic.

The announcement came days after the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest supervisor signed a decision that officially put the cabin on the national online reservation list.

Club members have maintained that the cabin was built with the understanding that it would remain open and free to the public in the winter months. They claim the agency’s move to rent it is violation of that original agreement, the Republic reports.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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