Summary of the Feasibility Study Report
We appreciate your participation and feedback provided as part of the Feasibility Study to help determine the opinions of program supporters, area residents, and civic/governmental leaders for a proposal to complete urgent facility improvements and potentially renovate/rebuild the chalet. It is now time to share the results of the study, to share the progress made since the study was completed, and to outline the next steps as the process moves forward.
In This Document You Will Find...
2018 – 2019 Mount Ski Gull Board of Directors
Brent Wizcek, President
Dan Whirley, Vice President
Andy Hayes, Dir of Board Dev
Phil Saari, Treasurer
Shana Krantz , Secretary
John Linn, Justin Pape, Sean Kaneski,
Ginny Knudson, Ted Schaefer,
David Ude, Jarrod McKinney
Our Treasured Resource In Transition
Carrie Wood-Grillo is the new Executive Director for Mount Ski Gull (MSG). Carrie and her family have lived in the Brainerd Lakes Area for more than 15 years where they own and operate Minnesota Hockey Camps, the premiere summer hockey camp in North America.
Carrie was previously the Executive Director for Hartnelldown Foundation for over 5 years. Her experience with recreational management and nonprofits will help MSG grow and achieve a brighter and more stable future.
“This is an exciting time for Mount Ski Gull and I am very proud to be a part of it,” Carrie said. “The Brainerd Lakes Area understands that MSG is a unique and special place for families and children. It’s very humbling to watch a community commit to Mount Ski Gull and carry on from the point of surviving to thriving. The road ahead is going to be awesome!”
Joining Carrie, is Mata Agra as Director of Programming and Hill . Mata’s emphasis will be on creating, sustaining and growing all programs at MSG that help strengthen community outreach in response to MSG’s mission statement.
Mata will also oversee all day-to-day activities at the hill including employee management, safety protocol and ski/snowboard schools. Mata is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College where shewasamemberandcaptainofthecross-country,Nordicskiing,andtrackandfieldteams. Her experiences, education and enthusiasm make her a perfect fit for this new position at MSG.
Key Findings from the Feasibility Study Demographics
Private Contributions Fund Magic Carpet!
The forthcoming 2018-2019 MSG snow season will have a major improvement with the installation of a magic carpet on the beginner’s hill.
The carpet is a positive sign of more improvements to be made at MSG.
Mount Ski Gull’s Board Response to the Study
The Feasibility Study Report was delivered on May 22 by Hal Johnson and Associates (HJA) of Bloomington, the firm hired to direct the study. The board of directors spent considerable time reviewing the 95-page document and its findings. After reviewing the observations and recommendations, the board unanimously voted to retain HJA to provide counsel and direction for a capital campaign to complete the most urgent repairs and improvements on the MSG campus.
With the assistance of HJA, Carrie Grillo, executive director, has formed a volunteer Campus Evaluation and Exterior Improvements Team. The team will revisit the proposed exterior improvements originally proposed in the case statement. The improvements will be reviewed and prioritized based on the potential return in investment (ROI). Multiple bids will then be obtained for the prioritized improvements. The team will also review options for leasing additional DNR land, clarify the question of building on land owned by the Lakeshore Conservation Club, and other potential site improvements that surfaced in the study.
In addition, a volunteer Chalet Design Development Team has also been formed. The team will take a fresh look at the existing chalet and a potential new design. They will interview all MSG user groups and create a program/space planning study to determine a revised size, scope, floor plan and potential project cost. The team will also estimate how the chalet will impact future operating expenses, including staffing requirements.
We anticipate the teams completing their research by the end of September, at which time the objectives for a capital campaign will be more clearly defined. Stay tuned as good things are happening!