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 email.
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.
- 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.
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.
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!