“Ski Land is in dire need of cash to get us through this year’s off-season period.”
Could the northernmost ski area in North America not operate this winter? Last Wednesday, Ski Land in Fairbanks, Alaska detailed the upheaval that’s going on at the mountain. Devin Larson, who is Ski Land’s current General Manager, has decided to move on from the role once his contract expires in November. In his place will be Brad Bishop, who has done various roles at Ski Land, and was a ski patroller at Crested Butte for multiple seasons. In addition, Jack Wilbur has been appointed the new President of the Fairbanks Ski Coalition Board of Directors, which oversees the ski area.
The challenge that Ski Land faces regards money, as they described that they are in “dire need of cash” to get to the 2023-24 season. All the revenue and donations made from last winter got them through July, but the 501c(3) nonprofit needs more money to work on things like “off-season operating expenses and ever-present, on-going equipment and facility upgrades and maintenance required to keep it operating safely and reliably.” Ski Land’s full statement is below.
It doesn’t seem likely that they’ll be closed for this coming winter, but raising money in a more remote location can be a challenge. We’ve seen a few ski resorts asking for financial assistance from the public recently due to varying reasons. If you’re looking to support a small ski area, Ski Land should be on your list. You can donate to them here.
Vertical Drop: 1,027 ft (lift-serviced)
Skiable Acres: 530
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Image Credits: Ski Land