The Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation’s capital campaign is called “A Place to Soar.”
But it’s actually an effort for the nonprofit to firmly plant its feet.
The organization for kids that creates opportunities for competitive snow sports and mountain bike skills is breaking ground on a new, permanent facility – its first permanent facility since it originally formed in 1927.
MBSEF’s new HQ will be in Northwest Crossing, near Summit High School off Lolo Drive.
“Back in the end of 2016, this lot became available and ironically backs to Skyliners Road, and we thought it would be a good place to start,” said Executive Director John Schiemer.
The organization was known as the Skyliners Club when it started more than 90 years ago.
The nonprofit plans to build a 9,700-square-foot building to house administrative offices and – for the first time – a training facility that will include an in-ground trampoline.
It’ll be called the Bill Healy training facility, named for the founder of Mt. Bachelor.
“It will be different for the athletes because it’ll be a bit of a hangout facility for them. It will be a second home,” he said. “This is a great, safe environment for kids to come and perfect their winter sport.”
MBSEF is about three-quarters of the way to their $4 million fundraising goal. The official groundbreaking ceremony is Monday at noon.