Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


Ski Club Buys Hill for a Buck, Plans Upgrade

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Included with the purchase of the Silver Mine Ski Hill.
Included with the purchase of the Silver Mine Ski Hill.

Who says you can’t get anything for a buck these days? Last we heard, McDonald’s still had a dollar menu. But if your tastes run toward rocketing off a ski jump instead of a gorging on one-buck McDoubles (cheese costs extra), the world still offers some bargains. Take, for instance, the deal the Eau Claire City Council approved Aug. 12. The city agreed to sell the 81.5-acre Silver Mine Ski Hill property to the Eau Claire Ski Club for $1. You read that right: just one dollar. What’s even more surprising than the sale price is the fact that the city even owned the ski-jumping hill, which is miles from the city limits in the town of Union. It’s a convoluted tale, but – long story short – the city bought the then-new facility from the club for a buck in 1967, then leased it back to the jumpers for the same price annually. Now club officials want to improve the ski hill and figure that they’ll be able to raise money more easily if they own the site themselves. The club hosts the Silver Mine Invitational tournament annually (and has done so for an astounding 127 years), and in recent years the event has grown into a full-blown winter festival, with pond hockey, music, food and drinks, and – naturally – high-flying ski jumping performances from world-class athletes. Admission to next year’s tournament (Jan. 16-17, 2015) will cost you more than a buck, but the winter fun is well worth it.

Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

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