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Still Hope For Community Ski Hill West Of Cody

Kamila Kudelska

A small community ski hill west of Cody announced in January that it's unlikely to re-open next winter season.

Sleeping Giant made the announcement after ten plus years of running a deficit. Otto Goldbach, a board member of the Yellowstone Recreation Foundation, said the decision was made after a major donor backed out. He also cited running a deficit close to $200,000 each year.

But since the announcement, Goldbach said some hope remains for the 2020-2021 winter season.

"We've got some key volunteers that have stepped up and some hopeful donors," he said. "There's been some major donors that would like to help, [but] I don't know in what capacity."

Goldbach says some solutions could include more volunteers to reduce payroll and better promotion of the zipline. The zipline was built to offset the winter season operation costs but so far it hasn't made a profit.

Goldbach said there will be a meeting soon to figure out if there is a way to keep the mountain open.

"We've had other people come out of the woodwork that are really adamant about keeping the mountain open and we're going to hopefully all get together next week and hash out somewhat of a plan contingent on donor support and the amount of volunteers we can get," he said.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Kamila Kudelska, at kkudelsk@uwyo.edu.

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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