Great Divide's opening is first in Montana ski season

Nolan Lister

Hundreds flocked to Great Divide Ski Area above Marysville Saturday for a sunny opening day to the ski season, the earliest in the state by a little more than an hour.

Owner Rose Crawford said they initially planned a 10 a.m. opening, but moved it up to 8:45 a.m. to give people more hours to enjoy the day and to fire up the chairlift ahead of Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, which straddles the Idaho and Montana border and opened Saturday at 10 a.m.

As is tradition, Great Divide offered the first chairlift rides in Montana for the 2022-2023 season.

“We’re thrilled to be open and to share this excitement with so many people,” Crawford said in an interview Saturday morning while tending the Missing Lynx bar at the base of the slopes.

She said opening day is special for her and her family. She ran various aspects of the business from 2010 until becoming co-owner in 2020.

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