Missoula's backyard winter playground, Montana Snowbowl, made scores of local skiers and boarders happy with an early open Nov. 27, but repeated lift malfunctions and long lift ticket lines have rekindled the usual frustrations with our local mountain. Missoulian sports writer Nick Lockridge griped about it in a letter posted to the Montana Snow Sports blog last week, and a member of our staff reported waiting up to an hour to pick up a season pass.
Saturday brought further pains to eager powder hounds when the Griz chair shut down for the second time in as many days, this time for over an hour. The delay was enough to drive Missoula's Rep. Betsy Hands, who experienced the delays firsthand, to request legislation addressing the issue. The Montana skier safety and protection bill, as Hands has dubbed it, would offer skiers refunds for a ski lift rendered inoperable for one hour or more.
We're fairly certain anyone caught at the base on Saturday will agree: justice at last.