The push to reopen the Antelope Butte community ski hill in Wyoming passed another milestone recently, hiring a new executive director. Andrew Gast, a resident of the nearby town of Ranchester, will replace Jamie Schectman, who was the interim director of the Antelope Butte Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Schectman is the CEO of Mountain Riders' Alliance, an organization that supports community ski areas and had previously worked with Antelope Butte.
Gast first joined the Antelope Butte Foundation as a consultant to guide the organization's fundraising and event efforts. Before that, he was the financial director for an area senior center. Gast also has a degree in recreation management, an MBA in tourism and has worked on projects with Whitefish Mountain Resort and Cataloochee Ski Area in North Carolina.
Now that Antelope Butte has a $275,000 purchase agreement in place with the U.S. Forest Service, Gast's attention to fundraising certainly won't lessen, but he'll take on day-to-day duties of the organization as well as plotting it's long-term course. The foundation must complete three payments to the Forest Service before taking control of the property and embarking on its planned renovation. According to a press release, the foundation is targeting a 15-month timeline to reopen the community ski area.