Longtime Midwest Ski Area Under New Ownership
Wild Mountain, which Dennis Raedeke opened in 1972, will be under new ownership this coming season. The sale was completed this past summer. The ski area was most recently under co-ownership of Raedeke's children, Amy Frischmon and Dan Raedeke.
The new owner is Sara Larsen who has a long history of involvement with managing resort and hospitality facilities including a multi-million dollar conference facility. She's from the Midwest and graduated from the University of Wisconsin.
“Minnesota is an amazing place for multi-season recreation, and Wild Mountain delivers,” she said in a statement. “We plan to continue operating the resort in a friendly manner for which it has been known since its inception. I'm honored to be taking the reins after multiple generations of Raedeke family ownership.”
Plans call for existing staff, including GM Joe Yasis, in place to manage resort operations. “We've had several inquiries over the year from both individuals and corporations interested in purchasing Wild Mountain, but never found a match until we met Sara. We felt getting the right owner was important to us.” Frischmon told me when we spoke on the phone. “It was a wonderful experience all those years being involved with and building upon the business our parents started. It was bittersweet turning it over to a new owner, but both Dan and I are looking forward to a little more free time in the winter to hit the slopes.”
When fully open Wild offers 26 trails, including the double-black Wall and an easy trail from the top of the Mountain, four terrain parks, and eight lifts including four quads. In past seasons the ski area has held an annual Thanksgiving Race Camp over the holidays. Season passes are currently on sale with a guarantee of offering pass holders at least 100 days of skiing and riding during the 2020/2021 season.