SHERIDAN — Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area reopened its snow sports operations during the 2018-19 season. The area closed in 2004 and fell into disrepair, but a group of volunteers, staff, corporate sponsors and individual supporters helped bring the family-friendly, year-round resort back to life.

During this past winter season, the resort welcomed more than 2,500 skiers and boarders, introduced 273 students from six local schools to snow sports through classroom programs, installed a 250-foot Sun Kids Conveyor Lift to transport beginners up a gentle slope, constructed a yurt to temporarily house operations and provided community avalanche and winter safety training.

“We are grateful for each of our supporters, our amazing staff, the board and everyone in the community who joined us in this massive undertaking,” said John Kirlin, executive director of the Antelope Butte Foundation, in a press release. “It was an exhilarating and exciting first winter season, and now we’re gearing up for our summer events and activities. We look forward to serving the community at a greater capacity, and to that end we still have a lofty goal ahead to complete the lodge.”

The 11,400 square foot lodge, which is currently undergoing a major renovation, will house a rental and retail shop, guest services including food and beverage, and public areas on main and upper levels with mountain view decks. Antelope Butte’s active capital campaign seeks to secure necessary funds to complete the project.

The 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.