Hello Manitoba Mountain supporters,
We wanted to touch base with you all to let you know that this project has not fallen completely off of the radar of Mountain Rider’s Alliance. Dave Scanlan, MRA Co-Founder and Manitoba Ski Area Project Developer has been down performing as General Manager of Mt Abram Ski Area in Greenwood, Maine for the last two winters learning the ins and outs of ski area operations. During this time, Mt Abram has overhauled their entire snowmaking system, installed the second largest Solar Panel array in the State of Maine and is currently undergoing the largest trail expansionseen on the mountain since the mid 1970’s.
During the last two years communications have continued to flow with Marcus Mueller, Land Manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough over the land transfer of the base area from the State of Alaska to the Kenai Borough. This process is now in the last stages of completion. The next step for the Kenai Borough is to convene a joint land planning session to designate zoning districts for all of the Borough Lands Selected through the Summit Lake Corridor with the communities of Hope/Sunrise, Cooper Landing and Moose Pass.This will be a collaborative process that will set the tone of any future development.
The Chugach National Forest is also in the final stages of updating the Chugach Forest Plan that sets guidelines for management policies with the Chugach National Forest. You can view the documents created through the various stages of this process. There should be another series of meetings this fall and early winter to allow community input on the draft assessment. The links are all available here or click on the link of the Chugach National Forest website for “Forest Plan Revision”.
For more information on the project, visit http://www.skimanitobamountain.com/.
Once all of these planning processes are finished up, likely next year around this time, we will be reengaging our investment partners that have expressed interest in funding this project and will be taking the next steps in securing the necessary permits and land use authorizations to take the project to the next level.
Wishing you all a very happy and snow filled winter.