Another individual critical to the relationship is Justin Ferbey - a Carcross/Tagish member Jane Koepke grew up with in Whitehorse and a VERY accomplished and astute fellow. Unfortunately, we didn't get to meet. Justin championed the project for years within the First Nation, and now is the CEO of the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation (which leases the mountain and manages the trails).
The other new development is that CTMC is now leveraging the increased destination appeal of Carcross due to Montana Mountain into real estate development. A waterfront subdivision is being planned for Lake Bennett on Settlement Land. Many of the prospective buyers will be Yukon and/or Alaska residents who want residential property close to world-class riding, hiking, and kiting. It's not hard to imagine that Carcross will be to Whitehorse what Whistler is to Vancouver over time, on a much, much smaller scale of course! That subdivision will put CTFN citizens to work building cabins/houses, generate tax revenue for the First Nation, and increase the local population to better support year-round local business operation. And so the circle of destination development continues.
The Project is serving as a model to other First Nations in the Yukon, BC, and beyond. Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation (the lease holder for mountain) is completing a management plan that will set the course for how the mountain can continue to be developed and maintained in a manner that maximizes community benefits. Ongoing trail maintenance and new additions and refinements to the network are envisioned. A few alpine huts are in the early planning stages. Gladed backcountry skiing areas could follow.