- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A nonprofit group has agreed to purchase a long-shuttered ski area in the Bighorn Mountains from the U.S. Forest Service for $275,000.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1JKLcOQ ) that the seven-member nonprofit board of the Antelope Butte Foundation bought the approximately 250 acres of skiable land in June. The foundation has until mid-August to pay the first installment of $55,000. Subsequent payments are due in March and November of next year.

Foundation Executive Director Jamie Schectman says the ski area closed in 2004 and the Forest Service was talking about dismantling the ski area.

Foundation members say it could take as much as $4.3 million to begin operating on the 9,400-foot peak. They hope to open Antelope Butte in December 2016.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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