City Council Invests More Money Into Hogadon Ski Area

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Casper - (KCWY) "If we don't start investing in Hogadon, it's just going to degrade to the point where it'll never be a nice place to spend their weekends," said Casper councilwoman Kenyne Schlager.

City council members are taking action and have given Hogadon officials the green light to use about 166,000 dollars allocated in 2012 to design and build a new ski patrol hut and maintenance building.

"This will elevate our facilities dramatically for our ski patrol and our maintenance personnel," said Casper city manager John Patterson.

Personnel say after seeing how busy this winter has been, improvements are essential for keeping Hogadon up and running.

"This year compared to last year is a huge change," said Ryan Butler, the Casper Mountain Racers head coach.

Hogadon has been packed each weekend this winter, and with hopes more winters like this will come, city officials say big changes will have to be seen.

"There comes a point when you have so much that needs to be done to update, fix, or repair that it is just no longer effective, and we are at that point where we have to make some big decisions," said Schlager.

Starting in November, if the one-cent tax is passed, some city council members hope to use some of that money to build a brand new lodge.

"The lodge up there is a cobbled together five part, just interesting facility," said Patterson.

"The lodge now is packed full of people on Saturdays, Sundays, and especially on race days when the high schools are up there. There isn't room for anybody to sit down," said Butler.

Other than needed improvements to facilities, skiers and Hogadon employees have little to complain about this winter.

"This year the snow has been coming and it’s great. We have overflow crowds up at Hogadon; it's been a wonderful year," said Patterson.