Donations will allow night skiing project at Hogadon

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CASPER, Wyo. — Hogadon Ski Area will see new lighting on at least two slopes.

Providing lighting on the Boomerang and Park runs will come with an estimated cost of between $385,000-$405,000.

The “Friends of Hogadon” group has already raised $410,000 they will gift to the city for the project, according to Casper Parks and Recreation Director Tim Cortez.

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The operational cost that would be added should Hogadon offer night skiing is estimated at $60,000 per year.

Another group, the “Zimmerman Family Foundation” is offering 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.

Five test foundations for lighting pylons at Hogadon were drilled in August, according to Cortez’s memo.

Those tests were successful and suggested that the 45 proposed lighting pylons could be placed in three days.

Cost savings to the proposed project have also been made possible with the identification of the company “TorcSill” to carry out the drilling.

Cortez says their technology allows the drilling to be done at a more efficient cost than other companies. TorcSill carried out the test drilling.

“They were able to do that with no trouble,” Cortez said. “Everything seems to be on track.”

Working with City Service Electric has also provided cost saving opportunities as they have agreed to donate a portion of their billing time, according to Cortez.

The Casper City Council listened to these updates during their pre-meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

“I think it is a great idea, let’s go,” Councilman Mike Huber said.

Cortez said the lighting foundational supports could be in by the first week of September.