GCI plans to lease a spot at Eaglecrest Ski Area for a cellphone tower.

The company wants a 20-foot by 20-foot parcel of land near Porcupine Chairlift to install a 50-foot high wooden pole with cellular equipment.

Cellphone coverage at Eaglecrest is spotty at best and non-existent in some places, especially at the base of the mountain.

CBJ Lands Manager Greg Chaney told the Assembly Lands Committee Monday that reliable communications would improve Eaglecrest customer service and skier safety as well as bring the city-owned operation more revenue.

“It’s going to be in the order of 500 to 600 dollars a month.  We’re still negotiating the final amount, but we’re hoping to have a 3 percent increase-per-year provision.  That’s what we’ve done on other towers and that’s kind of the industry standard right now, so for about a five-year period we’ll have that little bit of escalation,” Chaney said.

Chaney said the tower won’t spoil skiers’ and snowboarders’ view, or hinder their way down the bunny slope.

He said GCI plans to string fiber optic cable all the way up Fish Creek Road to the Eaglecrest Lodge.

The Eaglecrest Board of Directors has already approved a draft lease, but it must yet come before the CBJ Planning Commission.

Recent headlines

  • Acting Alaska U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder speaks at a press conference in Anchorage on March 23, 2017.

    Veteran prosecutor nominated to be the US attorney in Alaska

    Trump nominated Bryan Schroder for the post, the acting head of the Alaska district since Karen Loeffler and 45 other U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama were asked to resign after Trump's election.
  • The Alaska Capitol Building in Juneau on June 6, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

    Alaska lawmakers to reconvene on capital budget next week

    A Senate spokesman says the third special session is likely to start Thursday, July 27, in Juneau, and it's expected to last one or two days. The House and Senate indicated an agreement had been reached.
  • A robotic camera provides for wildlife tracking across a meadow near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center for Wild Alaska Live. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)

    Behind the scenes of Wild Alaska Live

    The BBC and PBS are teaming up on a special series of live, prime-time nature programs showcasing Alaska’s wildlife to tens of millions people around the world. Cutting edge technology and a lot of luck goes into the high stakes production.
  • Greens Creek Mine

    Juneau Assembly mining task force to add members

    The three-member Juneau Assembly mining task force is seeking to add two planning commissioners and two members of the public. The group is studying a proposal to streamline the city's mining review process.