Donate to Minocqua Winter Park

Thank you for considering making a donation to the Minocqua Winter Park Trail Fund.

The Lakeland Ski Touring Foundation’s “Winter Park Trail Fund” is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and your donation is 100% tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


 

A personal appeal from former Executive Director Jim DiDomenico:

Hi,

For the past 25+ years I’ve shown up at Minocqua Winter Park, clicked into my skis, and then skied off on the Midwest’s finest Nordic trail system.  I’ve enjoyed the chalet and all of the great programming and special events offered.  And, I’ve pretty much taken it all for granted.

That was prior to serving as Executive Director of MWP, and then discovering all of the “behind the scenes” effort and support it takes to make this all work.

Essentially, it takes one key factor to make a successful season for Minocqua Winter Park: SNOW.  In a very very good year, with abundant snow by mid-December that lasts through March, Winter Park’s daily needs for payroll, utilities, the chalet, the plowed parking lot, fuel, equipment maintenance, and right down to the trail signs and other miscellaneous costs are all just about taken care of by the cash flow generated from season and daily trail passes.  That’s in an exceptional snow year though, and as we all know too well this tends to be, as stated, the exception and not the norm.

The reality is that the chalet upkeep and meticulous preparation of 80+ kilometers of trails is the full-time job of the executive director, the operations manager, the other paid staff, and many wonderful volunteers.  They all work very hard at making it look easy for everyone, and the work is visible on the trails every day.

Not visible is the work of Lakeland Ski Touring Foundation’s (LSTF) board of directors in making sure Winter Park has all the equipment the staff needs to accomplish this task — and not only this year, but for years to come. We want to explain why capital planning is critical to Minocqua Winter Park and why your help is so important.

A few years ago, the LSTF purchased a new Pisten Bully, the large machine used to groom the trails.  The useful life of our equipment is predictable, cyclical, and replacement can and is being planned in a regular sequence. The new Pisten Bully is just one of the “big ticket” items that run in the background, but are absolutely essential before you step into your skis.  There are a handful of other “wishlist” items that our normal operating revenue just can’t possibly cover.

Each is a capital expense which even in the best of seasons, sales of daily and season passes couldn’t come close to funding. It’s a fact of life — money makes capital planning work.

One hundred percent of the dollars donated will go directly to funding LSTF’s capital needs.  Every dollar you give is a real investment in your enjoyment of all the best Minocqua Winter Park has to offer.

Before you click into your skis, consider adding a donation to keep Winter Park “the best in the Midwest!”.

Thank you,

Jim DiDomenico
Former Executive Director, MWP