Locals banded together to save yet another resort in Wyoming. Wind River Resort, the owners of White Pine Resort, planned to close the state's oldest ski hill, but the Citizens to Save White Pine rushed in at the last minute to keep the resort operating for the community.

Six local business members from Pinedale pooled their own resources as Citizens to Save White Pine and bought the permit for the ski area and the Wind River Resort assets. They promptly hired Jim Sullivan, who spent the last 26 years as general manager for Snow King Resort, to run White Pine.

"It's been a smooth transition," Sullivan told OnTheSnow, noting the previous owner has been assisting with the changeover to new management. But then he added the best news that skiers and snowboarders can hear, "We have snow." Sullivan and the new owners are targeting Dec. 2 as opening day for the ski area.

Locals won't see big physical changes this winter at the ski area. New carpeting and a new menu will be in the base lodge, but the lifts and slopes will be the same. What's new is lower rates to ski and ride.

Sullivan brought with him a philosophy that reduced the price of season passes and daily lift tickets at the resort. "People are watching their dollars, so we want to make it affordable and convenient," he said.

Season pass rates dropped from previous years. A group of five can purchase a group pass that works out to $199 per person. Season passes are available for purchase online and at outlets in Pinedale. The passes are on sale until Dec. 15.

Daily ticket rates are also dropping this winter. Adult lift tickets will cost $36 instead of $40.

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