Marshall Mountain officially under public ownership

Children on bicycles yelled with joy as they bombed down Marshall Mountain behind a crowd of local government officials, forest managers, nonprofit leaders and outdoors enthusiasts ready to declare the mountain permanently public. 

The next generation of Missoulians will retain access to the mountain after the city and county recently purchased the 480-acre park, a years-long process that started after part of the former ski hill went up for sale in 2021.

“This place is an amazing example of what we can do in partnership and what we can do when we work together and when we work together on a common vision,” City Council President Amber Sherrill said during a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday. “I think we all saw that and we all knew that this was something that was going to be amazing for this community.”

For a moment, the hill appeared headed toward public closure.

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