Alaska is getting a new ski area. A nonprofit group Hatcher Alpine Xperience (HAX) has raised $1.2 million to purchase its first ski lift. The lift will be installed at the Skeetawk ski area near Palmer, Alaska.
The 1,200-foot triple chairlift will have a 300-plus-foot of elevation reach serving beginner terrain as well as providing a boost to backcountry skiers accessing the upper terrain.
Hatcher Alpine Xperience still needs about $750,000 to cover installation costs, but believe they will reach their goal and have the lift installed by summer 2019.
Amy O’Connor, the executive director of the nonprofit group Hatcher Alpine Xperience, told KTVA that the 20-year goal for the ski area is to have a 6,000-foot high speed quad that goes all the way to Peak 4068 in the Government Peak area.