Reopening Antelope Butte: Public Meeting Set for October 26th

Reopening Antelope Butte: Public Meeting Set for October 26th

Now a collaboration of members in five counties in northern Wyoming, the Antelope Butte Foundation has shifted some of their focus to spreading the word about efforts toward reopening the ski area.

They will hold a public input meeting at 7 pm on October 26th at the Black Tooth Brewery in Sheridan.

Anthony Tarver with the Antelope Butte Foundation explains what the meeting is for.

Located in Big Horn County, Wyoming in the Bighorn National Forest, the ski area was closed in 2004, citing financial struggles. ABF is made up of members from Sheridan, Johnson, Big Horn, Campbell and Washakie Counties. It was formed and they worked with the facility's current owner, the forest service, in stopping demolition of the facility this past summer.

Tarver explained what's happened since then.

The next steps will include fundraising, and gathering support in terms of renovating the long-vacated Antelope Butte facilities.

Since the facility was essentially closed because it was not generating enough revenue, the foundation intends to run the facility differently than it was before - as a non-profit.

"The overarching mission of the ABF is to provide affordable, accessible skiing, mountain recreation and training for all, especially beginners and youth,” reads ABF's mission statement.

The foundation believes that non-profit structure for the Antelope Butte ski area “is more adaptable and more sustainable in Northern Wyoming's rural setting."

The goal is to have the ski area open for use again by 2012 ski season.

Visit the ABF Facebook page to follow their progress or call Tarver at (307) 752-4059 for for more information.

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