Donate to Fund Blackhawk's High Capacity Well!

Thank you to all who have generously donated to PRIME THE PUMP! With your help, we are over a third of the way to paying for the drilling of our new high capacity well.  To date, we have received $50,000 in donations!  Thank you! 

Furthermore, despite the low-snow winter so far, and our pond running lower to begin the season, we are now enjoying some of the best machine-made snow ever at the club. This is due in large part to the heroic efforts of our volunteer snowmakers and nightly groomers, led by our Facilities Chair, Joe House.  We are also fortunate to have hired Casey Bingham, whose experience in snowmaking and grooming has been a key part of our fantastic conditions. And every machine-dependent operation relies on the knowledge and hard work of a skilled mechanic, and that person at our club is Craig Kleinstieber. Thank you to all who have helped prepare our club for the amazing season we are having! 

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We are grateful to be in this position, but we have a long road ahead. We had hoped to install the pump, piping, and electrical necessary to complete the project last fall, but various factors, namely the price of steel, have made the estimated cost nearly three times what we had expected. Therefore, given the great conditions we have so far and the cost of completing the project at the present time, we are going to pause the installation until next September. This will give us time to thoroughly evaluate the options and (hopefully) for the price of steel to come down somewhat. 

We have completed the first two phases of obtaining a high capacity well – permitting and drilling.  Now, we'll continue to fundraise to pay for the remaining costs associated with those two phases, as well as for the pump, piping, and electrical to complete the project and bring the well online. This infrastructure allows us to make as much snow as possible during our increasingly rare windows of ideal temperatures and humidity, without waiting to refill the pond, which will also decrease our impact on the ecology of the pond.   

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We are at a crucial moment in our club’s nearly 75-year history to choose to support snow sports at Blackhawk for generations to come. We are asking all of our members and those who have benefited from our Club at different times in their lives to consider joining the Board in giving financial support to pay for the well. Please consider donating today! Donate here

Happy skiing of all kinds, snowboarding, ski jumping, fat biking, biathlon-ing, and snowshoeing! 

The Blackhawk Board of Directors