(Hailey, ID) – Rotarun is excited to announce the launching of our Ignite the Passion Sustainable Slopes Snowmaking Campaign! The Ignite the Passion Campaign seeks to raise $50,000 to acquire a portable snow gun and compression equipment and bring a water supply to the snow gun. This campaign will help to support fundraising for other components of Rotarun’s Initial Snowmaking Project, including running a water supply pipeline to an existing pond, lining the pond, installing water meters, and running a pipeline from the pond to a new gravity-fed fire hydrant. Snowmaking, primarily during November and December, beginning with the 2017/18 ski season, will enable Rotarun to open earlier during the season, provide the Wood River Valley community with a dependable, sustainable and affordable venue for day and night skiing, snowboarding and tubing, and further expand Rotarun’s youth after school education and training programs.
“The Ignite the Passion Campaign will be supported by a dedicated fund raising website that will make it especially easy for friends and supporters to help bring snowmaking to Rotarun”, said Jesse Foster, Rotarun’s President. The website, http://bit.ly/IgniteThePassion will let donors view a range of Ignite the Passion Party Packs that they can get for their family and friends for different levels of support. For example, with a $50 donation, donors will get an Ignite the Passion Party Pack for 2 that includes 2 adult or child ski hill and snow tubing day passes or, with a $100 donation, donors will get an Ignite the Passion Party Pack for 4 that includes 4 adult or child ski hill and snow tubing day passes. With a $500 donation, donors can get a 20-person Party-Pack. Ignite the Passion Party Packs for larger groups that include bar-b-que lunches or dinners are also available along with a Private Night at Rotarun Party Pack that includes a buffet style dinner.
Rotarun recently received Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) approval of a Water Right Permit that provides sufficient water to produce enough snow to cover the base and the lower portion of the face of Art Richards Mountain (about 10 acres) with a foot of snow! These are the areas used for Rotarun’s Learn to Alpine Ski and Race (LASAR) after school youth training program, snow tubing and various events. “Snowmaking will be a complete game-changer for Rotarun”, said Foster. “Plus, we recently received an additional water right that we are in the process of having IDWR approve for snowmaking that would greatly increase how much snow we can make. Longer term, we hope to extend snowmaking to the upper portions of the mountain”.
Galena Engineering has substantially completed the final design and engineering for the Initial Snowmaking Project which will cost less than $150,000. During the summer the pond, which will have capacity for more than 550,000 gallons of water, will be used to enhance wildfire suppression for the Sage Springs community and adjoining areas in Croy Canyon immediately adjacent to the City of Hailey.
For further information call Jesse Foster at 505.228.2818. Donations to the Ignite the Passion Campaign can be made at http://bit.ly/IgniteThePassion
The Rotarun Ski Area, located at 25 Rodeo Drive just 3 miles west of Hailey, is a non-profit facility that provides affordable winter recreation opportunities in the Wood River Valley.