Mt Telemark Conservancy Map

Developing the Premier Year-Round Outdoor Recreation Facility

As you know, the ABSF has acquired the iconic Mt. Telemark property, and we are progressing with our multi-year plan to rehab the spectacular resource into the premier outdoor recreation facility in northern Wisconsin, as well as a significant effort to conserve the land for future outdoor enjoyment. The WEDC grant has allowed us to get started tearing the lodge down, and as you can see from the photos we are moving along on that project.  We are on schedule to have the entire lodge is down and gone by June.

The Mt. Telemark property is divided into three different zones in our planning. The eastern third of the property is intended to host year-round outdoor recreation and support commercial partnerships that are interested in that outdoor recreation. The central section is intended to become a land conservancy, preserving the property for outdoor recreation exclusively. The western third, is available for purchase by developer or private party or land conservation group.

The western third of the property has a recently past deadline of May 15 for offers.  Selling the piece of the property west of the powerline, which does not contain any trails we plan to incorporate into the outdoor recreation area, will allow us to reinvest into amenities that we hope you will truly enjoy taking advantage of.  We have a couple of different directions to go with that sale, but we anticipate formalizing that in the next 60 days.

The demolition of the Telemark Lodge will bring us to the end of the 1st phase of development that we had laid out for the Mt. Telemark property.  As we launch into phase 2 of the plan, it is time for us to finalize our plans for the different outdoor activities and the hub building.

We are focused on activities that will enhance the outdoor recreation there.  Some of those next phase activities could include:

  • The hub building
  • Ski trails
  • MTB trails
  • Roller ski + fitness loop
  • Ice skating and sledding
  • A year-round outdoor gathering space

Progress has been moving right along and we can hardly contain our excitement!

Contact andew.wall@birkie.com for more information.

Sustainable Telemark Campaign

Sustainable Telemark is a campaign to support the following projects at Mt. Telemark Village:

  • Facilitating over 250 acres being placed into conservancy to ensure it is reserved for silent sport
    recreation forever!
  • Nordic Center
  • Additional snowmaking infrastructure
  • Reopening of World Cup & old Telemark trails originally built in the 70’s/80’s
  • Solar array to power the entire site, including snowmaking!
  • MTB/Hiking tails
  • Start/Finish/Stadium area for smaller events/programs/camps
  • Observation tower on top of Mt. Telemark
  • Fitness Trail

… and as funds allow:

  • Paved rollerski/walk/bike loop/trail (5km)
  • Biathlon range (currently in feasibility stages)

Possible Activities and Amenities

World Cup Quality Ski Trails with Snowmaking

Event Facilities

World Class MTB Trails for Year-Round Multi-Use

Festival Plaza

Ski-Up Restaurant/Cafe

Observation Tower

Trail Amenities

Warming Hut

Playground

Skating/Outdoor Activities

Community Solar

Picnic Area/Activity Field

Campground

Fitness Trail Loop

Pool

Telemark Conservancy

It is the intention of the ABSF to put the largest section of the Telemark property into a permanent land conservancy.  The Mt. Telemark Conservancy will be an opportunity for all to enjoy into the future.

The rolling hills of the Telemark Conservancy were formed 15,000 years ago when the Laurentide glacier receded from northern Wisconsin. The resulting terrain is what makes trails and recreation in this Conservancy special. The Conservancy provides a scenic woodland corridor for the American Birkebeiner Trail and contributes to the north woods experience that draws people to northern Wisconsin. The North Central Forest type, limited to portions of fourteen counties in northern Wisconsin, comprises red oak, eastern white pine, and red pine mixed with basswood and maple.

The Landmark Conservancy is a nationally accredited, nonprofit land trust whose mission is to conserve Wisconsin’s natural legacy for everyone, forever. Landmark has a 30+ year history and works in 20 counties with offices in Menomonie and Bayfield. Formed through the merger of West Wisconsin Land Trust and Bayfield Regional Conservancy, and recently the Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust, the Landmark Conservancy protects land with strong natural resource features primarily through conservation easements with private landowners. A conservation easement limits the uses on the land, particularly related to development.

For more information on the Mt. Telemark Conservancy contact Andew.Wall@birkie.com at the ABSF.

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Partnership Opportunities

The eastern side of the property is intended to blend sustainable outdoor recreation with commercial business partners. The ABSF will be managing the outdoor recreation amenities, but is seeking partners who are interested in exploring the business opportunities that will be sustainable and aligned with the year round outdoor recreation in the area.

Please contact Andrew.Wall@birkie.com at the ABSF for more information.

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