Construction and installation would begin in the summer of 2023.
The gondola system weighs several hundred tons and will take more than 25 truckloads to get to Eaglecrest.
City officials said Goldbelt Inc. is willing to put in up to $10 million for a slice of the gondola ticket sales. The particulars of a deal with Goldbelt would have to be negotiated.
The gondola system is not a done deal for Eaglecrest. Several Assembly members on both sides of the close vote have concerns about a lack of public buy-in and unfairly leapfrogging other priorities.
Buying it could save millions of dollars and shave years off of a plan in development to cash in on summer cruise ship visitors and eliminate the need for local taxpayer support to run Eaglecrest Ski Area.
All Eaglecrest employees got a pay bump. So far this season, the ski area has had record revenue.
Part of the reason is that the city-owned ski area’s pay scale begins $1.84 below Alaska’s minimum wage.
The extra two days of operation is in appreciation of all their guests and regulars that enjoyed the mountain this season.
Four avalanches were reported on Mt. Ben Stewart on Sunday, while Eaglecrest Ski Area managers say there’s still an avalanche risk inside their boundaries when they are closed.
General Manager Dave Scanlan said it was a freak of nature event that has not happened at Eaglecrest Ski Area in almost 40 years. Early last Thursday, chairs on the 4,700-foot long Ptarmigan Chairlift were swinging back and forth, pushed by high winds.