Sustainable Slopes Capital Campaign
Several years ago the Seagraves Foundation donated funds to Rotarun’s Capital Account to support development of snow-making. Since that time Rotarun has been working tirelessly to make snow-making at Rotarun a reality. We completed a strategic planning process that reaffirmed the importance of snow-making to sustaining Rotarun’s programs and operations. subsequently, a water right was donated to Rotarun that could provide a sufficient quantity of water to support development of snow-making across the full face and base of the mountain. Next, we successfully negotiated a Well Use Agreement with the Sage Springs Homeowners Association to provide a nearby point of diversion for a water supply that avoids needs to pump and transfer water from a more distant location. Concurrently, we began working with various experts in the industry to develop ideas for new educational, athletic and recreational programs for families and youth and estimates of costs to develop a state-of-the-art snow-making system and other related facility and equipment improvements. This Sustainable Slopes Snow-Making Capital Campaign Plan documents results of these efforts.
With snow-making, we anticipate that use of Rotarun will increase by at least 400 percent fromfewer than 1,500 skier days per year to more than 7,500 skier days per year (an increase of more than 6,000 skier days per year). We are currently waiting for final approval of our water rights permit application from the Idaho Department of Water Resources. We expect to receive this approval by spring 2016. We estimate that about $1.0 million is needed to develop snow-making capabilities at Rotarun. Additionally, about $600,000 is needed for other related facility and equipment improvements including a lift upgrade that will double the existing lift’s capacity, an expansion of the lodge to provide
additional seating, and a new snow cat and equipment storage building. To keep Rotarun’s educational programs and recreational opportunities as affordable as possible, we hope to raise most (or all) of these funds through grants and donations.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following organizations and individuals for the financial and technical assistance they provided to us during the past several years:
NOT-FOR-PROFIT AND PUBLIC AGENCIES
- Sage Springs Homeowners Association
- Seagraves Foundation
- Hailey Rotary
- Wood River Women’s Foundation
- Kiwanis Club
- Papoose Club
- Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
- Silver Creek Alternative High School
- Hailey Elementary School
- United States Ski Association
CONSULTANTS AND ADVISORS
- Brockway Engineering P.L.L.C.
- TechnoAlpin AG
- Mr. Cory Allen
- Mr. Lee Ritzau, Esq.
- Mr. Fritz Haemmerle, Esq.
Your thoughtful review and consideration of our Sustainable Slopes Snow-Making Capital
Campaing Plan and any support you can provide to help make our plan a reality are truly appreciated. If
you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us at any time. Contact
information is provided in Section VI in Full PDF Version
Jesse Foster, President