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Big Sky Seasonal Employees Can't Live On Mountain

Due to a shortage of affordable housing in the Big Sky community 35 Big Sky seasonal employees are living in West Yellowstone and commuting about an hour each way to Big Sky everyday.

Claire Oslund, a Big Sky seasonal employee, says,"I knew coming into to employment that there would be a possibility in West Yellowstone and I had done the research and figured out what I was getting myself into so I knew what was happening."

The employees are transported back and forth by charter busses.

Dax Schieffer, the Big Sky Resort HE Director, says,"We paid for our Charter to operate between West Yellowstone and Big Sky. We tried to do that would work for most of the schedules and where it worked for most employees. I started looking at the pros and cons yeah it was going to be a longer commute, but it will quieter for me."

Executive director for the big sky chamber of commerce, kitty Clemens says the recession hit big sky hard and now with the economy picking up housing is limited.

Kitty Clemens, the Big Sky Chamber of Commer Exec. Director, says,"It picked up super quickly and what we have now are great interest rates and we can't build fast enough or quick enough to address the demand that we need."

She says they are working to solve the problem.

"We have received an approbation from the local resort tax and we've hired a company called economic planning systems. They're working on a plan for us right now and will bring us the options that would be available to us."

And they have several options to choose from.

"Creating a housing authority, creating a land bank where we can bank land and bring the cost of building on that land down."

Oslund says for now the commute is working out for her.

"If a situation was to arise where I could move back to Big Sky, I would consider it, but for now it is a good option."

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