Cody, Wy                                                               July 31st, 2009                                                       

Sleeping Giant Ski Area hires new Executive Director;  Mountain on schedule to open for Thanksgiving.

         The board of directors of Yellowstone Recreations Foundation’s Sleeping Giant Ski Area has hired Hamilton Bryan as their new Executive Director.  Mr. Bryan’s experience includes owner operator of the UXU Dude Ranch for ten years.  During that time his ranch was featured in Architectural Digest Magazine, Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue and Travel & Leisure.  Bryan has also worked for the Yellowstone Club, running their Monster Lake project in Cody and also founded Open Range Images also in Cody.  He is also on the board of the Park County Travel Council.

         Mr. Bryan’s duties will include overall management of Sleeping Giant and also fundraising, marketing and strategic planning. “I look forward to my new roll with Sleeping Giant.  This updated mountain will be an exiting addition to the Big Horn Basin.”

         The ski hill has been making tremendous progress this spring and summer.  One of the highlights is the terrain park, designed by Joe Pope, a veteran designer whose credits include Big Sky Mountain and others.   The park has 14 different features including quarter pipes, rails, boxes, jumps.  It is unique in that it is only one of six ski areas that use virtually no man-made materials…all materials were found on the hill except the nails.

         A triple chairlift is now being installed on the west side of the ski area where trees have been cleared to create new skiable terrain, Bryan said. The new lift, which will operate in addition to the existing double chair on the east side of the ski area, will access more than 900 vertical feet of skiing, double the previous height of the ski area. Skiable terrain will increase from about 45 to 180 acres.

         And, for the first time, Sleeping Giant will have snowmaking equipment. It will draw water from the North Fork of the Shoshone River to generate snow that eventually will melt and go back into the river.  Two lines, on the west and east sides of the area, will be the snowmaking sites, but “you can spread the snow around” as needed, he said. One of the snowmaking lines will be adjacent to the terrain park.

         Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement on the screaming deals for ski passes.

For more information about Sleeping Giant please call Ham Bryan or Andy Quick at 307-527-8986, 307-527-8988 or cell 307-272-6050.