Funding secured by Antelope Butte Foundation for ski area purchase

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Antelope Butte Foundation has secured all funding needed to complete its purchase of the ski area at Antelope Butte 10 months ahead of schedule. The foundation will take ownership of the lodge, chairlifts and outbuildings that are currently possessed by the US Forest Service once the purchase is complete. The Antelope Butte Foundation will place the final payment of $220,000 into escrow this week, and will request a closing date, which should occur within 30 days based on the purchase and sale agreement signed last summer. “Ullr has smiled on Antelope Butte,” said foundation President Mark Weitz, referencing the Norse god of skiing. “We are very appreciative to the numerous donors who stepped up to support us in this early phase and look forward to celebrating with the community at our event this Thursday.” Check out these "5 Reasons to attend the Ullr Ball event for Antelope Butte" here. The next step for the Antelope Butte Foundation is the restoration of the ski area and acquisition of equipment to operate it. To meet these goals, the foundation is launching a legacy sponsorship campaign that allows donors to name their favorite ski slope or to sponsor one of the chairs on a chairlift in perpetuity. There are also opportunities for donors to name ski area amenities inside the lodge, or the lodge itself. “This is our greatest achievement yet in our efforts to open the Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area,” said Executive Director & Ski-EO Andrew Gast, “We can now mobilize our volunteers and utilize our in-kind pledges to begin restoration, and move ahead on permitting the winter and summer operations with the US Forest Service.” *Feature photo h/t Antelope Butte Foundation* #dally #reboot #news