Wyoming Ski Area To Close Up Shop At The Season's End

It's always a little sad when a ski mountain has to shut down operations. 

"It is with tremendous sadness and sorrow that the board of directors for Yellowstone Recreations Foundation aka Sleeping Giant announces the suspension of winter operations beginning 2020-2021."

That is an excerpt from a press release sent out from the Yellowstone Recreation Foundation, the foundation that runs the non-profit Sleeping Giant Ski Area in Cody, Wyoming. According to the release, the mountain has not been seeing the attendance needed to make it financially possible for the mountain to continue operations. 

Sleeping Giant Ski Area Trail Map
Sleeping Giant had been shut down in 2004. The Yellowstone Recreation Foundation was founded when a local group, led by a man named Jim Nielson, wanted to reopen and improve Sleeping Giant in 2007, which did happen in 2009.

"Words cannot express our gratitude to the community and the board of directors would like to especially thank the staff over the past 10 years who have dedicated themselves to making Sleeping Giant the finest and most friendly ski hill in the country. It is through their efforts and the support of local donors, businesses, grants, and volunteers that have made it possible to operate in the winter for as long as we have. The board of directors cannot hope to thank those supporters enough."

Though the support was there, it just hasn't been enough to be able to continue winter operations alone. Due in part to a lack of skier visits, the ski area has reported that it has been running with a $200,000 deficit per year. 

The ceasing of winter operations will not affect on the zipline that operates at the hill during the summer. Fans of the off-winter activity can use the zipline beginning June 15th.

Photo Credits: Trail Map - Sleeping Giant Ski Area -- Top Photo/Thumbnail: Sleeping Giant Ski Area/FB 


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