Ashwabay Midwinter Report
The January thaw has passed, and we are looking forward to a great rest of the winter! We are starting to line up lots of events for the next couple of months, covering everything from skijoring to ski lessons, races, and a full-moon XC ski Potluck.
The start of winter had people out enjoying the hill. Tubing was an extremely popular new attraction at the ski hill over the holidays, and we have had several large groups of people having parties or family get-togethers enjoying it since.
Friday Youth nights have continued to be a great time up at the hill, and this year we have began to play music and have lights and lasers on the hill to make the night skiing even more fun! Don't forget to come out Friday Nights through March 10th for $10 lift tickets, free rentals, and more!
The MADski program is still a popular Saturday morning activity, getting kids out improving their skills on skis and snowboards. Lessons start at 10am every Saturday through February.
This coming week we are hosting two ski races! Come support your local teenage skiers and snowboarders at the annual Ashwabay Invitational Ski and Board Race this Tuesday, January 31st. Or, if you would rather race yourself, join us on February 4th for the Ashwabay Summit XC race; all participants get a cookie! The end of February and beginning of march will bring the King and Queen of the Mountain and Ed's Dual GS races as well.
Not a racer? Join us February 11th for one of our annual Full Moon XC Ski and Potluck Pancake Dinner. We provide the pancakes, free ski rentals, and warm fires in the chalet!
Interested in learning a new sport? Join the Superior Area Telemark Skiers as they host World Telemark Day on March 4th with free lessons, rentals, and an after party in the T-Bar (the party has a $20 cover that includes beer, food, music, and door prizes, with the 100% of the proceeds going towards natural terrain improvement at Mt. Ashwabay.) Or bring your pup and join us February 26th for a Skijoring clinic on our new dog-friendly trail!
Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area has been awarded a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation for the addition of a Tubing Hill and other infrastructure improvements.
This grant includes a generous $45,000 gift from the Otto Bremer Foundation with an additional $25,000 gift when that amount is raised from the community.
Carol Fahrenkrog, General Manager of Mt Ashwabay, “The Otto Bremer Foundation grant requires a match of $25,000 from the community so we have started a campaign to reach this goal this Fall. We are calling it The Little Hill That Could $25,000 Grant Match.”
The project includes creating a dedicated Tubing Hill with tubes and a tube-lift system. The Beginner Hill will move to a more suitable place with an improved tow–rope system. The Terrain Park will also be relocated with a dedicated area. There will be improved lighting for evening and night operation. The Nordic Trail system will be upgraded with lighting of the Telford Training Loop for evening use of the Nordic Trail system.
Carol Lindsey, project manager, “This is an exciting opportunity for Ashwabay. We will get done as much as we can with the money raised this fall.”
Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area is operated by Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation (AOEF) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. AOEF was established in 2002 with the Mission to provide year-round opportunities and programs to people of all ages promoting the enjoyment of the outdoors. The Foundation is a community-based, family-oriented organization. It seeks to create opportunities for citizens of the south shore of Lake Superior to participate in, and contribute to, the outdoor culture of the region.
With Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area as the base for activities, the Foundation has an outstanding venue for healthful recreation that enhances physical fitness. It also is a great place for community members and families to come together.
Carol Fahrenkrog, General Manager, “Many families in our community are in need of a fun and healthy winter excursion. The new tubing hill will be an exciting and refreshing venue for our south shore community and visiting guests.”
For more information contact Carol Fahrenkrog at 715-779-3227 or via email HERE
To contribute to this campaign, donations can be mailed to:
Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area
PO Box 1401
Bayfield, WI 54814
Further information about donations may be found HERE
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