Residents in the Big Horn Mountains are looking to breathe new life into an old ski area.

The Antelope Butte Ski Area was a small community ski hill that opened in the 1960s and closed in 2004. In 2010 local residents banded together in an effort to revive the hill and created the Antelope Butte Foundation - a nonprofit group.

This year the Forest Service completed an appraisal of the area, and new employees were brought on board to help fundraise over 4 million dollars to reopen it.

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Rebecca Huntington

On May 25, 2014, 15-year-old Sasha Johnstone became the youngest person to climb and ski the Grand Teton, according to mountain guides. At 13,775 feet, the Grand is the highest peak in Grand Teton National Park with slopes as steep as 55 degrees, bordered by cliffs dropping away precipitously to create “no fall zones.” Sasha skied the peak with his parents.

Adrian Shirk

Anna Marno was born and raised in Centennial, Wyoming. Spending most of her childhood at the Snowy Range Ski area, Anna quickly became a talented skier. She qualified for the U.S. Ski Team her senior year of high school. Anna shares her story.

Snow King Ski resort in Jackson has high hopes for a number of proposed changes that they say could keep the ski area from closing.  Snow King Manager Manuel Lopez said that they want to install ziplines, an Alpine coaster, and a bike park among other things.

“I want to maintain the tradition of skiing and I believe the best way to do that is to increase the revenue through other sources.  And convert the hill into a year round profitable venture with lots of activities.”

Lopez said if they don’t make the transition the ski area is likely to close. 

The Shoshone National Forest is considering public comments on a proposal to make the Sleeping Giant Ski area near Cody a year-round facility. 

The Ski area is hoping to take advantage of new federal rules that allow ski areas to operate in the summer months. 

Forest Service Spokeswoman Anita Harper says the ski area wants to expand in three areas.