Goldbelt may work with Juneau on new ski area gondola

JUNEAU (AP) — Juneau has purchased a gondola in Austria for the city-owned ski area, but questions remain about long-term plans. Officials have expressed interest in working with the Goldbelt Native corporation on the project.

City officials recently signed a purchase agreement to buy the gondola system for $1.33 million.

Deputy City Manager Robert Barr said the city is seeking bids from transport companies to bring the gondola to Juneau. Eaglecrest Ski Area has been looking for ways to expand summer operations and create opportunities for a more sustainable year-round model.

City leaders last week authorized City Manager Rorie Watt to negotiate an agreement with Goldbelt, which operates a tram near downtown and owns land near Eaglecrest.

Watt said Goldbelt has expressed interest in providing funding for up to $10 million for the installation of the gondola and “other related improvements.”

“The rough proposal is that Goldbelt would provide funding in exchange for a contractual agreement to receive a percentage of summer ridership on the gondola,” Watt wrote.

 

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