WASILLA, Alaska A company working on developing a downhill and alpine ski area has received a $500,000 grant to help construct a triple chairlift at the new facility in Hatcher Pass.
According to a statement released by representatives of the Hatcher Alpine Xperience, also known as HAX, the grant was awarded by the Mat-Su Health Foundation. In addition to buying a chairlift, the money is intended to fund a part-time executive director for the first phase of the site's construction.
"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,” said Lousia Branchflower, HAX Board President.
This, after the foundation awarded nearly $5 million in grants to address concerns identified in the Community Health Needs Assessments last year.
In the statement, representatives say that HAX is a volunteer "driven" nonprofit to help aid Valley communities' interest in downhill skiing in the Hatcher Pass area.
The organization is already in an agreement with the borough to operate the ski area, which is still in the early phases involving trail clearing and the construction of warming facilities and chair lift.
The following phase is expected to include the building of parking space and road access. After that, it will be the larger projects of a day lodge and "high-speed quad lift."
No specific target date for the opening of the area was specified.