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Alaskan community ski area receives funding for first lift

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KTVA is reporting that the Skeetawk ski area in Alaska, US, has received sufficient funding to purchase its first ski lift.

The triple chairlift is expected to in place and operational in time for the 2019 – 2020 winter season. The US$1.2 million required was raised by the resort, which is managed by non-profit organisation Hatcher Alpine Experience (HAX), through private donations and community partnerships.

A further US$750 000 is needed to cover the cost of installation.

HAX Executive Director, Amy O’Connor, revealed that the chairlift will have over 300 ft of elevation change. O’Connor added that the resort, which aims to be an affordable and accessible community ski area, is planning in the long-term to add two further lifts, including a high-speed quad lift in approximately five years time.

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