Proposed Hatcher Pass, AK Ski Area Gets A $500,000 Grant

Chris Wallner | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Skiing at the proposed ski area. Image: Hatcher Alpine Xperience

According to The Frontiersman, A proposed Hatcher Pass, AK Ski Area, referred to as Hatcher Alpine Xperience, received a $500,000 grant from the Mat-Su Health Foundation. It will be used towards the construction a Triple Chair and hiring a part-time Executive Director for the first phase of construction at the resort.

“We are grateful to the Mat-Su Health Foundation for recognizing the value an alpine ski area in Hatcher Pass will bring to the health and wellness of people in the Valley,” Lousia Branchflower, HAX Board President, said in a news release.

The red pin marks the location of the proposed ski area. Image: Google Maps

The proposed resort is a volunteer-run non-profit that was created in 2015. It’s intended purpose is to represent the area’s growing interest in a downhill ski area. The resort is currently in phase 1a, which is the construction of a maintenance shed to house the resort’s snowcat, 6 miles of trail clearing, temporary warming facilities, and the construction of a triple chair.

Volunteers at the resort. Image: Hatcher Alpine Xperience

The next phase consists of a parking lot, access road updates, a day lodge, and the construction of a high speed quad. If you’re looking to volunteer or donate to this cause, take a look at Hatcher Alpine Xperience’s cite here.

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