Detroit Mountain Progress Report-Feb-2014

DMRA welcomes 2014 with some exciting updates for our many supporters! Your gifts have helped make the dream become a reality…almost! We are very thankful for the support you have provided!

Take a moment to review our work in progress:

We have hired our first employees! Please welcome Jeff Staley and Dave Sontag to the team!

Jeff Staley has been named the General Manager of DMRA, Inc. In this role, Jeff will be charged with overall operations of Detroit Mountain. He comes with a tremendous amount of experience including a degree in Parks and Recreation from Colorado State University, extensive experience in retail and human resources – and of course a passion for all things outdoors!

Dave Sontag has been named the Mountain Manager of DMRA, Inc. Originally from Detroit Lakes, Dave returns to us after twenty years of experience in facilities management. Dave has worked for Lutsen Ski Group in Lutsen, MN and Granite Peak in Wausau, WI providing lift maintenance, snow making operations, and construction of ski trails and terrain parks. We are thrilled to have him overseeing our outdoor operations.

The Lodge! We have a roof, windows, and a beautiful view!Work continues on both the interior and exterior of the lodge, despite the temperatures.

Up to the Top! As shown in the picture below, our ski lifts are ordered and being manufactured in New Hampshire to be delivered this spring! The mountain will offer two “triple” overhead lifts, 2 magic carpets for new skiers, and two tow ropes.

Bike Trails, Gravity Feed Flow Trails!The biking trails continue to be designed by Progressive Trail Design out of Arkansas. A group of DMRA board members are traveling to Arkansas to meet with Progressive and enjoy riding their trail system. DMRA will have purpose built trails including cross country, gravity fed, and pump track. The trails are being carefully designed with all levels of riders – from beginners to professionals – in mind.

Cross Country Ski Trails! The ski trails are currently being assessed and mapped by Dan Josephson, DMRA Board Member and Detroit Lakes High School Nordic coach.
Ski Patrol! We have a group of ski enthusiasts participating in alpine certification and training this year through Buena Vista Ski Area. Watch for more information as we will continue offering certification and training in preparation for our 2014 opening!

Closing the gap! We have been thrilled with the regional support and enthusiasm for our project! Commitments big and small have helped us raise close to 6 million dollars in pledges! Because of your help, we have just a small amount left to raise to reach our goal of opening a debt free facility early this winter! If you know of anyone interested in making a pledge or donation that hasn’t yet made a commitment, please e-mail or call Mark Fritz. 218-849-3181.

Central Market We Care Program! DMRA is now part of the We Care Program at Central Market. Central Market, one of our key supporters, has a program that gives a percentage of collected receipts to the charity of your choice. Please save your receipts and a portion will be given back to DMRA! Receipts are being collected at DL Bike Shop, Lakes Sport Shop, La Barista, and Jonathan’s Salon. To date Central Market has given more than 1.5 million back to our community through We Care. Please help us by shopping at Central Market!

Thank you again for all of the support and encouragement for DMRA. 2014 will be the beginning of many wonderful experiences for our community and beyond. Stay tuned for more project updates!

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DMRA Progress Report

Dear DMRA Supporter:

It may be cold outside, but things are heating up at Detroit Mountain!

Thanks to our supporters, construction is underway! Take a moment to scroll through the fantastic pictures we have captured showing the progress at Detroit Mountain!

The Lodge goes up! Tomlinson and Sons have begun construction on the new lodge. It is starting to take shape and is an exciting sight!


Building a Mountain! This Fall Lloyd Feldt and crew have been busy moving dirt and reshaping the mountain! We’ve lowered the portion of the parking lot where the lodge sits 12 feet for better accessibility. The resulting fill was used to realign and build a new bunny hill and add over 20 feet to the top of the mountain! The result will be a much better skier experience!

Terrain Park Features, Jump Line and ¼ Pipe! Geoff Bostwick of Terrain Park Consulting was in Detroit Lakes this fall to help design and shape the Terrain Park and Features. By contouring and shaping the terrain park with fill we have the ability to open earlier in the season!


Mountain Bike Trails, Gravity Trails, Cross Country Flow Trails, and Skills Park! Board Member Tony Schmitz discussing bike trails with Woody Woodruff of Progressive Trail Design last week. Trail construction will begin next year for a 2015 open!


The community support “to bring back the mountain” has been great! Thanks to the generosity and support from the businesses and individuals who have made financial commitments, we are very close to making this dream a reality.

We have only 250K left to raise of our 6 million dollar fundraising goal. Once complete DMRA will be a first class destination and a wonderful addition to our community that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Again thank you for your support and stay tuned for more project updates!

Detroit Mountain Recreation Area Board of Directors

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USA Today!

Detroit Mountain Makes National News in USA Today!

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DMRA, Inc. Support Video

Today is the first Call-a-Thon for Detroit Mountain!
We need your help to reach our goal and bring back Detroit Mountain!

Take a minute and watch our support video to learn more about why Detroit Mountain would be a great asset to this community!

Bring it Back! from Detroit Mountain (DMRA, Inc.) on Vimeo.

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Looking for 5 Year Pledges

We are very excited and appreciative of the support we have received so far in our efforts to “Bring Detroit Mountain Back”.
We still need support in order to reach our goal!
Please consider a Five Year Pledge to help make this dream a reality!
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CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT INFORMATION or Print out Pledge Card and Mail to: DMRA, Inc. PO BOX 1039 – DETROIT LAKES, MN 56502

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KVLY-Valley News Live
Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks





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Supporter Party at Zorbaz July 11th

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Gearing up for our Capital Fundraising Campaign.

We are getting ready to launch our capital fundraising campaign and we are excited about the amount of support we have received in talking with area residents and the financial support that has already been contributed.

We are currently looking for supporters and pledges to kick off our capital campaign.  Pledges can be made for up to 5 years, and set up to make them easiest on you.

All pledges are tax deductible as DMRA, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity.  We look forward to having you be apart of our team!

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Mountain Biking!

Spring is in the air, and the thoughts of Mountain Biking is dancing in our heads!

We are hoping to make the New Detroit Mountain a Mountain Biking Destination, bringing you an exciting new network of trails, along with gravity fed flow type trails that will put a smile on faces of ALL AGES!

  Take a look at some of the links here to see what we are dreaming about!


Photo By: Hansi Johnson, IMBA

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Feasibility Study Explained

The Numbers have slightly Changed, but the outcome will be the same.
The grant application has changed to 2.34M and new market tax credits are at 989K
DMRA Fundraising at 2.6M

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