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I was pleased to read in the paper about Eaglecrest Ski Area having a successful season and if our winter weather continues, we should enjoy some great spring skiing.
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I have heard that Eaglecrest management and the board has been approached in the past about permitting snowmachine usage after the ski season has closed, but that the idea has not been acceptable to the board. I am not certain if that is true or not, but as a newbie to snowmachine riding here in town, I would sure encourage management to take a fresh look at the idea.
I understand that Eaglecrest is trying to raise $150,000 to complete the additional new chairlift. Why not consider charging a permit for snowmachine users as a revenue source? It would help the bottom line without impacting the skiers and extend the riding season for snowmachiners.
This additional income would be even more important for those years where the ski season is really cut short and lower the subsidy from the city for operations. Eaglecrest could sell permits similar to the boat-launch permits that users would put on their vehicle. The Eaglecrest caretaker could be authorized to write a ticket to any potential violators and I am certain that riders would be more than willing to sign a waiver exempting the city of Juneau from any liability if an accident were to occur up there.
Why not give it a try?