The nonprofit route saved Oregon's Mt. Ashland when it seemed like the community ski hill would shutter, and it saved the ski hill again when pass sales were turned into donations during a low snow year. Being a nonprofit has been good for Mt. Ashland, and in the tough economic climate for ski areas, it has been taken up by other communities looking to save local ski hills. But is it a one-size-fits-all solution? High Country News looks at the nonprofit ski area trend, including a nod to Wyoming's Antelope Butte Foundation, which just made its down payment on the ski area land ahead of schedule.