Work to Commence on Antelope Butte Chairlifts This Summer

With donations increasing in both frequency and amount, Antelope Butte Foundation (ABF) will begin work on refurbishing the chairlifts this summer. A recent challenge grant of $180,000 by Tom Scott will cover the first 50% of the refurbishment costs. With this challenge in place, ABF will continue working to raise the remaining funds and finish the chairlift work this summer. The company that originally installed the chairlifts at Antelope Butte will return and begin working on them as soon as the snow clears.

In parallel, ABF has been actively repairing the lodge, readying for remodeling the lodge this summer. "We have a lot of work and preparations going on right now, and this will increase in intensity as summer comes on. If all goes well, it is possible we could be fully open next winter. In the meantime, we have a winter event planned March 10, and two summer events planned, all family friendly." said Mark Weitz, Board President.

"I'm excited about this project and I want to see it completed. I am in it for the long term. This community needs a place in the mountains to bring their family and enjoy the outdoors year round. It's good for visitors and locals," said Tom Scott. In the last four months, ABF has raised $440,000, including donations from the Joe and Roberta Napier, Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott, and Homer A. Jr. and Janet E. Scott Foundations. ABF has now raised over $1.8 million toward a $3.6 million overall goal for reopening the area as Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area, a year round recreation area with a focus on beginners, youth, and lifelong family activities.

If you are interested in contributing to the project financially, or in-kind, please call Josh Law at 307.751.2970.

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