Pembina Gorge Foundation

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The Mission

The mission of the Pembina Gorge Foundation is to preserve and enhance the experience of the Pembina Gorge while connecting people to positive, life changing experiences.  The Foundation develops and supports historical, cultural, education, natural, interpretive and recreational opportunities in the Gorge.  

Have a question about the project? Email Kristi : pgfoundation@frostfirepark.org

 

Greetings from Pembina Gorge

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A Heart-felt Thank You to Lyle & Margie Johnson

Lyle's Lift is named after Lyle (& Margie) Johnson in gratitude and deep appreciation for what they have done and continue to do to support and Fire-Up Frost Fire!  It's been a "heavy lift" and Lyle has often been the advocate and the adviser, leading the team and the community to do the right thing.  Not only that, the generosity extended has been tremendous and has carried a big portion of the heavy load during the times it was too much to bear for this grass-roots group.  Thank you, Lyle & Margie!  You make us proud. 

Frost Fire Soon to Fire Up

Great news!   Lyle's Lift will fire up on Friday, December 6th, 2019!  Runs open include Appleton Meadow, Chicory, Lions Tooth, Yarrow and Prairie Smoke, too!  Come ski Frost Fire Park at 9:00 a.m. and enjoy the great discounts!

Have a question about the project? Email Kristi : pgfoundation@frostfirepark.org

 

About Us

Pembina Gorge Foundation

The Pembina Gorge Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that owns and operates Frost Fire Park.  


History

Richard and Judith Johnson purchased the property previously known as "Frost Fire Ski Area & Amphitheater"  in 1976.  They opened skiing the day after Christmas and added in the annual summer theatre musical in 1985.  For over 40 years, Dick and Judith provided out door recreation fun for thousands of people over many years.  In March of 2016, Richard passed away.  Judith worked to keep Frost Fire going and formed a partnership with North Dakota Parks & Recreation.  Meanwhile, a small group of people gathered to assist in finding a solution that would ensure Frost Fire activities and access to the Pembina Gorge recreation and hospitality would continue.  This group formed the Pembina Gorge Foundation.  The IRS granted 501c3 status (nonprofit) in January 2017.  


The board of directors determined that Frost Fire would be a near-sustainable operation if the capital needs could be met by donors, grants and state investment.  The first step was to secure funding for the acquisition, followed by monies to purchase a new chair-lift, ski /snowboard fleet, snow-makers, groomer, and several other items that would get Frost Fire close to being a sustainable business model.  This first phase is $4.5 million.   Thanks to an anonymous match of $750,000 combined with a ND Gorge Preservation Grant, and several generous people and organizations, we are just $250,000 away from meeting our anonymous match and being debt-free.


The mission of the Pembina Gorge Foundation is to preserve and enhance the experience of the Pembina Gorge while connecting people to positive, life changing experiences.  The Foundation develops and supports historical, cultural, education, natural, interpretive and recreational opportunities in the Gorge.   


We are excited to complete the first phase of our initiative and look forward to the next opportunities including the developing of KANO Kids Club and more programs that help attract youth to nature and recreation.  


It is our great passion to introduce the youth in our area to the wonder that is the Pembina Gorge. We believe that a love for nature enhances and enriches young lives.  With your help, we are creating a world class recreation and leisure destination that will provide positive life experiences for all who live in or visit the Gorge!


The Foundation can accept gifts of cash, stocks, IRA's, commodities, real estate and other real (appreciated) property.  Ask us about the ND 40% tax credit for gifts to endowments.  Our endowment is held at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Foundation.  For more information on giving or the campaign, please email pgfoundation@frostfirepark.org or call 701.317.6729.


 2017 990 is available upon request.