Flathead National Forest rejects Holland Lake Lodge proposal

Joshua Murdock

The Flathead National Forest has rejected a controversial proposal from a Utah-based ski corporation to significantly expand Holland Lake Lodge. 

Forest Public Information Officer Tammi MacKenzi told the Missoulian Wednesday that the agency informed Holland Lake Lodge Inc. in a letter “that we will be ceasing evaluation on the master development plan and proposal for expansion.” The letter is not public, but MacKenzie said the letter explained that the justification for the denial was “due to anomalies in the submission … including inaccuracies in the master development and proposed (development).” 

The Missoulian has requested a copy of the letter under the federal Freedom of Information Act. 

MacKenzie said that forest sent the letter to Holland Lake Lodge Inc. — a joint venture between two executives of Park City-based POWDR and the lodge’s former sole owner Christian Wohlfeil — on Monday evening. MacKenzie later confirmed with POWDR Vice President of Communications Stacey Hutchinson, who represents the lodge, that POWDR had received the letter. 

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The rejection of the company’s proposal to expand the lodge means that, for now, the proposal is dead. POWDR could submit another proposal.


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