Skiers Envision New Chugach Lift Development
Aim to develop, but not overdevelop, Manitoba Mountain
MANITOBA MOUNTAIN - Mountain as playground: that's how many Alaskans see the Chugach.
But one group is hoping to harness the beauty and accessibility of one mountain in particular to offer up a different outdoor experience for families – and stimulate the local economy.
You'll see a lot of majesty on a drive through the Kenai Peninsula, but backcountry ski enthusiasts Dave Scanlan and Jamie Schectman have their eye on one place in particular: Manitoba Mountain.
It's not exactly easy getting there, following a historic mining trail where they can finally clip in and enjoy the ride.
But not everyone can make the required journey to the top of this hill, and these two men plan to change that.
Dave and Jamie are part of Mountain Riders Alliance, which they say aims to change the way mountain playgrounds are operated. Within three years, they expect to have a simple lift running skiers of all ages and abilities up this slope.
Their goal is to develop, but not overdevelop, this mountain.
They also hope that bringing more skiers here in the winter could be the economic boost the area needs.
The permitting process will take some time, but Dave and Jamie are expecting to have a network of groomed Nordic ski trails around the mountain this winter.
A few years down the line, small rope tows, a number of yurts, and the t-bar lift will complete their dream of operating a mountain playground that everyone can enjoy.
Until then, Dave, Jamie, and many other adventure seekers, will travel up the mountain, one step at a time.
The last time there was lift access to a ski area on Manitoba was in 1960.