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No night skiing at Hogadon this winter due to problem with new light poles

(Hogadon Basin Ski Area, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Hogadon Basin Ski Area had been moving toward offering night skiing this winter with the addition of new lighting.

While the poles and lights had been installed, Casper Parks & Recreation Director Tim Cortez told the Casper City Council on Tuesday that the project manager identified a problem last week.

“The lighting project [was] done, or so we thought,” Cortez said.

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When the project manager was inspecting the light poles, he found that one of the poles was leaning. Cortez explained that he found that the fiberglass pole itself was leaning, not the metal base.

“The pole was separating from the base,” he added.

The other poles were then inspected and one more pole was similarly found to be leaning. 11 additional poles were identified as not having a proper seal between the pole and base.

Cortez said that the pole manufacturer has been contacted and expressed concern. He added that it was discovered that “something in the manufacturing process was missed.”

The manufacturer recommended taking down all the poles, which Cortez said is underway. The manufacturer will honor a warranty for the poles and reimburse the cost of having the poles taken down.

Since snow is expected later this week, Cortez said it is unlikely the new poles will arrive in time to be installed on the slopes to allow night skiing this winter.

The initial project had an original estimated cost of $385,000-$405,000. “Friends of Hogadon” raised money to fund the project. The city council approved a memorandum of understanding with the group to allow the project to move forward with that funding.

Hogadon was set to see new lighting on at least two slopes: Boomerang and Park runs.

The city estimates that Hogadon’s operational costs would increase by $60,000 per year once the night skiing is offered.

Another group, the “Zimmerman Family Foundation” has offered to cover any shortfall the city incurs from those operational expenses for three years.

“The Foundation will plan to supplement any deficit between the operating expense of $60,000 and the annual revenue generated from night skiing,” Gail Zimmerman, president of the foundation wrote in a letter to the city.

If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:

Mayor Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Vice Mayor Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601

If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.