Enchanted Forest and the Sangre de Cristo region recently had an unprecedented weather event: 65-115+mph winds. We cannot fully comprehend how total the devastation is. We estimate there are at least 3,000 trees down on ski trails, and we have no idea how bad the snowshoe trails are. As for the total area, we estimate at least 25,000-30,000 trees are down. All of our yurts were hit, three yurts destroyed and the other two were damaged,
Insurance will cover some — but not all — of the cost of rebuilding the yurts. Insurance will not cover the cost of clearing trees from the trails, none of the cost of repairing trail damage, and none of the loss of business that will extend well into summer. Additionally, we have approximately $35,000 in reservation refunds to process to deserving customers. (Pre-season booking funds go toward trail & equipment maintenance and repairs, pre-season start-up, and other costs.)
With your help, the help of our generous volunteers – and help from local, state, and federal entities like the USDA Forest Service – we will be able to get through this "lost" season, pay bills (like gas, bar oil, and equipment repairs), renew insurance (such as it is) and rebuild the yurts and current trails. Your donation will be extended by the efforts of those generous volunteers.
Our hope is we will also be able to find new routes that will mitigate the loss of shade trees and wind protection. Any funds raised beyond our immediate recovery needs will be used to continue our efforts to expand our summer season programs, improve existing trails, and increase our trail system.