Arctic Valley's new contract with Alaska State Parks open for public comment

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Arctic Valley Ski Area is set to sign a new contract with Alaska State Parks that would allow the non-profit to run operations for decades to come.

The ski area, operated by Anchorage Ski Club for more than 70 years, will have its lease with Alaska State Parks expire in four years.

John Robinson-Wilson, the general manager of Arctic Valley, explained the ski area and all the infrastructure had been in the area for decades longer than Chugach State Park. Arctic Valley had effectively been grandfathered into the park.

The new contract, which would make Arctic Valley a state park concession, is much like the old lease with three 20-year terms.

The length of the contract will give Arctic Valley security, something Robinson-Wilson says is vital to getting loans. He hopes it will also lead to more skiing, more tubing and more summer activities.

The ski area is said to be doing well financially and the general manager plans to make improvements across Arctic Valley, including spending money in 2019 by making the t-bars much quieter.

The mountain was closed Sunday due to high gusting winds, Robinson-Wilson said that the season had been going well and there were hopes for a good season ahead.

A public comment period on the new contract was set to finish Dec. 28. Due to the holidays and the earthquake on Nov. 30, Alaska State Parks decided to extend the comment period to Feb. 15.