– First documented skiing on the Kenai Peninsula was by Russians in 1790
– 3 rope tows operated from 1941-1960
– The native word Manitoba translates to “Spirit”
– Base elevation: 1,106 feet
– Top of highest surface lift and backcountry access gate: 3,702 feet
– Lift served vertical drop 2,596 feet
– 3 Surface Lifts
– Inbounds terrain: Approximately 1,000 acres
– Backcountry and hike to terrain: Approximately 10,000 acres within a 2 hour hike
– Estimated average annual snowfall: 350 – 550 inches
– Additional activities: Environmental and Climate Educational Center, Terrain Park, Nordic Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Dog Mushing, Mountain Biking, On-Snow Rehab Center
– Clean Energy Potential: Micro-hydro, wind and passive solar. Involving micro-hydro, wind and passive solar to the project assists in reducing Manitoba Mountain’s operating expenses and carbon footprint as well as meeting and exceeding the goals of Alaska House Bill 306, which mandates that 50% of the State’s energy be provided by renewable energy by 2025.
– Estimated number of jobs created by Manitoba Mountain Restoration Project: 30, plus additional employment opportunities created by local businesses that are currently closed during the winter months
Management and Ownership
– Manitoba Mountain will be set up as a Limited Partnership. Mountain Rider’s Alliance will be the general managing party to ensure it’s core values of community, environment and riders will be incorporated into all operations.
– A local advisory board will be established to ensure that the voice of the community is heard
– Partnerships will be forged with local businesses to provide services such as food and beverage, rentals, guide service, dog mushing, etc.