Montana's Discovery Ski Area wants to build more ski runs, but the ski hill also like would another access road so visitors don't have to drive over Flint Creek Pass. The resort worked with Granite County in 2007 to apply for a new access road across Bureau of Land Management property located three miles south of Phillipsburg. The new road and bridge across Fred Burr Creek would provide quicker access to the ski hill for locals and reach the base of the new proposed ski runs.
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is concerned about impacts to wildlife. The area contains big game wintering ranges as well as gray wolves, grizzly bears, Canada lynx, bald eagles, and other sensitive species. The road proposal had stalled by 2008 as FWP investigated concerns.
The BLM hopes to have a decision this fall on the road. Discovery Owner Peter Pitcher seeks to add a new parking area, ticket office, and chairlift at the road's end, but his plans for adding more ski runs southeast of the BLM land can proceed even without the road.