Antelope Butte Summer Festival - July 19, 2014

The first annual Antelope Butte Summer Festival will be held at Antelope Butte in the Big Horn Mountains on Saturday, July 19th. There will be food, live music, and the public is invited to come for the day and camp for the night. Camping will be available at the base of Antelope Butte on a first-come-first-reserved situation, and also at numerous nearby Forest Service sites. Camping will begin on Friday evening, July 18th.

The festival will feature 5K, 10K, 25K, and 50K trail runs, a duathalon run and bike, and short, medium, and bench mountain bike races held in conjunction with the Sport Stop and the Bomber Mountain Cycling Club. Visit the race website for more information and to register. Check out the Antelope Butte Summer Festival on Facebook for timely updates.

Volunteers are needed!

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Summer Festival, please visit the ABF tent at the Festival.

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The Antelope Butte Foundation is a volunteer effort to reopen the Antelope Butte Ski and Recreation Area located in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. We are endeavoring to rehabilitate the lifts and lodge and open for skiing and boarding.

For a depiction of our path forward including project goals, assets, and costs, please see The Route Ahead. Visit Fundraising to find out how you can help our community reach our financial goals. To learn more about Antelope Butte, visit The Mountain and History. If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail.

The principal mission of the Antelope Butte Foundation is to provide affordable, accessible skiing, mountain recreation, and related training and education for all, especially youth and beginners.

As part of that mission, we also want to provide a place for cross country skiers and snowmobilers to enjoy their activities. We feel winter mountain sports are an essential element to a healthy and vigorous Rocky Mountain lifestyle. Working with schools, youth, and recreation groups, achieving our goal will help make northern Wyoming a healthier, more inviting place to live.

Why Now?
  • Northern Wyoming is growing: 17,000 new residents moved in to the five counties surrounding the Big Horn Mountains since 2000. In this five-county region, 34,000 residents are age 18 and under.
  • Wyoming gained nearly 70,000 residents since 2000, its strongest growth since 1980.
  • Wyoming lifestyles are strongly tied to outdoor recreation.
  • Ski and mountain recreation areas are attractive community assets, expand tourism, and benefit employers.
  • Mountain sports promote lifelong fitness, outdoor recreation, and safety skills.
Long Term Goals
Our long term vision for Antelope Butte is a cross-seasons, cross-generational recreation area, where anyone can learn, teach, and participate in mountain sports. Antelope Butte will be an asset for all who wish to participate in mountain sports. Importantly, it will also be an economic asset, providing employment, enhancing tourism, and serving as an amenity that keeps and attracts talented people to northern Wyoming. Our goal is to provide affordable skiing for all.

Business Structure
After considerable research, we chose to pursue reopening Antelope Butte under a nonprofit business structure as we feel it offers more flexibility and sustainability for long term operations. Operating a ski and recreational area as a non-profit is not a new idea. Bridger Bowl, located north of Bozeman, Montana, has been operated as a nonprofit since 1955. We believe Antelope Butte has a better, more sustainable future if it is able to augment revenues with tax deductible donations as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Thank you for your continued support!

The Antelope Butte Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt, Wyoming public benefit nonprofit corporation formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Antelope Butte Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes. Donations to Antelope Butte Foundation, Inc. are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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