Saturday, February 3, 2024

“Make it Snow!” Campaign to support Mt. Pisgah

Make it Snow capital campaign for Mt. Pisgah logo.

The nonprofit Friends of Mt. Pisgah, Inc. (FOMP) today announced the launch of its $150,000 “Make it Snow!” Capital Campaign. The campaign aims to support critical upgrades to snowmaking equipment, with a primary focus on the purchase of a new pump house. This vital enhancement will enable Mt. Pisgah to significantly increase its snow production—five times more than the current capacity.

The “Make it Snow!’ Capital Campaign will help ensure a sustained and enhanced local skiing experience in Saranac Lake for years to come,” said FOMP President Katie Fischer. “Your support means that future generations will have the opportunity to embrace the joy of a lifelong snow sport. What better way for families to spend time together in a region known for its winter recreation? Not only for the tourists who come far and wide to experience the outdoor activities that the Adirondacks are known for, but particularly for the young people in our local community.”

Mt. Pisgah, a beloved all-season, family-friendly mountain owned and operated by the Village of Saranac Lake, relies on FOMP for volunteering, fundraising, and supporting skiing and snowboarding lessons to local school-aged children as part of the ski club. After a decade since the last capital campaign, which successfully raised over $100,000 for a tow-lift, FOMP is now prioritizing upgrades to artificial snowmaking. These improvements aim to extend the reliability and duration of the ski season.

Thousands of local children, including some who went on to win Olympic medals, have learned to ski at Mt. Pisgah over the course of its rich history. “Community ski centers are unfortunately becoming less and less common in the United States, but they’re vital to the future of the sport,” said two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrcht. “Having spent years racing and training in Europe, a large part of why Europeans are so good at snow sports is because almost every community has a rope tow or t-bar locally where kids and families can go learn to ski and ride affordably. Night skiing at Pisgah is a family favorite for me and my kids and has given us all the opportunity to ski multiple days throughout the week without having to worry about disrupting school or work schedules.”

The Village of Saranac Lake has already shown support by upgrading its snowmaking infrastructure. FOMP also received a $175,000 grant from the North Elba Local Enhancement and Advancement Fund (LEAF). A new water line has been installed, which can handle a higher pressure, allowing the new snow guns to produce two-to-four times as much snow. However, more water is needed to achieve this.

“The next crucial step is upgrading the pump house at Frog Pond to maximize snow making capabilities,” Mt. Pisgah Manager Andy Testo explained, “This upgrade will ensure Mt. Pisgah has snow for a deeper, longer season, benefiting generations to come.”

Founded in the late 1980s, Friends of Mt. Pisgah played a pivotal role in saving the ski center during challenging times. FOMP co-founder Roger King highlighted the community’s commitment, saying, “Pisgah wouldn’t be what it is today if the community didn’t come together to bring in snowmaking to save it.”

Locals and visitors are invited to join Friends of Mt. Pisgah at the “Make it Snow!” Campaign kick-off event during the annual White Stag Race on Sunday, February 4, as part of Winter Carnival festivities. Contributions can also be made online at www.FOMPSL.org.

About Friends of Mt. Pisgah, Inc.:

Friends of Mt. Pisgah, Inc. (FOMP) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the Mt. Pisgah Ski Area as a family-oriented, community ski facility. Committed to providing a safe, affordable, and enjoyable skiing experience for local families and visitors, FOMP fosters a love for winter sports and outdoor recreation.

Photo at top: Make it Snow capital campaign for Mt. Pisgah logo. Image courtesy of the Friends of Mt. Pisgah Fundraising Committee.

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One Response

  1. Joe Kozlina says:

    I am all for educating children about many issues. Including the joy of skiing. We should also explain and educate those same children and adults about the reason why we need to make snow and how it is made and the future costs to our environment and human race by using fossil fuels to pump that water from our lakes and streams up that mountain so we can make artificial snow for them to ski down. Now is the time to educate all as to the cost of doing so.
    As the climate gets warmer there will be less natural snow and possible less water. So that means one thing. Pump more and more water at more and more costs to our planet and children in the future.
    Why not educate the children that we do not have the resources to continue to drain the town of Saranac of its natural resources in order to give some the joy of skiing down a mountain that is unnaturally covered in snow. How about we tell the children we have to use what the earth gives us naturally and enjoy all it brings us without unnaturally pumping exorbitant amonts of water up a mountain.
    This idea of how wonderful it is that we can raise money for a non profit to use to cause more damage upon this planet is the old way of thinking. Time for a new way of education. Tell the children the truth of the state of our climate and raise and use that non profit money to help the planet make its own snow by climate friendly action.
    It is sad we dont have the snow and cold days and winters like we all are accustumed to. The solution is not to help speed up the heating of the planet by burning fuel to pump snow up a mt., But to think anew and realize we have to make the changes to cool the planet.
    Make it snow…….Just let the planet do it.

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