MISSOULA — The couple hoping to purchase the shuttered Marshall Mountain Ski Space says it could be “wonderful” to show that leisure land over to group use.

Now {that a} sale of the resort to a Missouri physician and his household has hit the rocks, that chance may need opened up once more.

The potential sale of the 156-acre property in Marshall Canyon had alarmed native backcountry skiers and mountain bikers, anxious about dropping entry to miles of trails. However now that the query of continued entry has derailed that deal, consideration is popping to the backup supply from Missoula businessman and developer Rick Wishcamper.

“My spouse Rika and I actually worth the proximity of the mountain to Missoula and what it affords to recreationists mountain bikers and backcountry skiers and the power to do these issues that all of us get pleasure from in Missoula that makes this Missoula little such an exquisite place to reside,” Wishcamper advised MTN Information.

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Wishcamper, who owned — and principally renovated and saved the Wilma Theater — sees the same alternative to assist the group at Marshall Mountain…

“Much more importantly to us was the programming, notably kids programming, that that is executed on the market the place they’re educating so many children to mountain bike — and the Derailers program — and to get pleasure from and be snug open air — and the youngsters’s summer time camps,” Wishcamper mentioned.

Wishcamper added they do not need to be the everlasting house owners of the property.

“If we are able to personal it for 18 or 24 months or much less and permit the town to work with the group and all of the stakeholders to develop a complete plan for utilizing and creating infrastructure and managing it over time — that may be wonderful,” Wishcamper he defined. “And we might, you recognize, promote the property to the town when the town’s obtained that in place and has discovered you recognize its financing with open area bonds and different sources.”

Rick Wishcamper

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Wishcamper advised MTN Information he would hope to have the town’s assist in managing the positioning, so public entry might proceed throughout that interim interval, “it is simply distinctive when it comes to the entire issues that may be executed up there, notably with the proximity to city.”

Spencer and Colette Melby who had hoped to buy Marshall Mountain, have amended their civil swimsuit and are in search of damages in opposition to the present house owners and others concerned within the withdrawn deal. They complain it is left them with out choices after Dr. Melby was recruited to work at Windfall Well being and was within the technique of shifting.

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