Locals are aiming to revive Sleeping Giant Ski Area outside Cody, Wyo. The ski hill, which closed in 2004, has been taken over by the nonprofit Yellowstone Recreations Foundation with the goal of re-opening for operation by next winter.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported that local fundraising efforts intend to raise the money necessary for revitalizing the ski hill. The State Loan and Investment Board has promised a $500,000 grant for renovation of the ski area with the contingency that the community raises $800,000 by May 1. Wells Fargo Bank already donated $50,000 towards the fundraising efforts.
Sleeping Giant, located in Shoshone National Forest, is one of the country's oldest ski areas, first running in winter 1936-37. Two ski lifts currently cover 900 vertical feet across 183 acres. The ski hill also has a day lodge.
Improvements to date include clearing timber to expand the trail system, adding an additional 400 vertical feet of runs at the top of existing slopes. Foundations for a new lift have also been poured.
The money raised will fund electrical system upgrades, snowmaking equipment, a maintenance building, and a new triple-chair lift purchased from Mammoth Mountain Resort. Total planned upgrades tally up to around $3.5 million.