Antelope Butte Foundation to host inaugural "Ullr Ball" Feb. 18; Live music, food, drinks and dancing for all!

(Sheridan, Wyo.) – The Antelope Butte Foundation is excited to announce its inaugural *“Ullr Ball” event at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 18*. The event will be held at the Best Western Sheridan Center on Main Street in Sheridan. All proceeds of the event will help fund the initiatives of the foundation, including the project to purchase and open the Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area in the Bighorn Mountains. “This event is a celebration of mountain recreation and Wyoming winters,” said Executive Director and Ski-EO Andrew Gast, “In 2015, with the help of the community, the Antelope Butte Foundation signed a contract to purchase the facilities at Antelope Butte and now we are looking to complete that purchase”. The event will feature silent auctions that include travel packages, outdoor gear, and hotel stays. [image: aaa449a9-be08-46ca-8819-8e438aafa512 (1).jpg] *Above photo: Antelope Butte Foundation / Pitchengine Communities * The Antelope Butte Foundation will present the first-ever “Ullr Honor”- a recognition for members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to mountain recreation in northern Wyoming. This inaugural class of the “Ullr Honor” are the board of directors and pioneers of Fun Valley- the original name of the ski area at Antelope Butte in the early 1960s. Renowned Sheridan musicians The Craft Brothers will also perform at the Ullr Ball. “This is a festive evening with great music and fellowship, and like any mountain celebration it is not a formal event,” said Gast. “We are excited to bring the community together to celebrate in the spirit of Ullr.” Ullr is a Norse spirit that is hailed at ski areas as the patron deity of snow and skiers. Check out a little preview of the Craft Brothers below. The Antelope Butte Foundation has been highlighted by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) as an example of a successful trend to support smaller ski areas using a nonprofit model. Foundation leadership recently participated in an NSAA conference that emphasized the industry’s focus on teaching youth and millennials to ski and snowboard. “More than half of the sessions focused on making it easier to introduce beginners to snow sports and snow play,” said Gast. “We are really excited to fill an underserved niche in northern Wyoming for children and families to experience those activities." Tickets for the Ullr Ball are available at, or on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons until 5pm at the Antelope Butte Foundation office, located at 201 E. 5th Street in Sheridan. Tickets cost $35 for individuals or are $60 for couples, and include heavy appetizers and two drinks per person. *About Antelope Butte Foundation:* Antelope Butte Foundation’s mission is to provide affordable and accessible year-round mountain recreation, training, and educational opportunities, with a focus on youth and beginners. The organization is under contract to purchase the Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area and working to open it for winter activities as early as the 2016-2017 season and begin offering summer activities in June 2017. For more information, please visit their website or facebook page . *Feature photo courtesy of ABF facebook page / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #reboot #news #sponsored #whatshappening #abf