The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Ski hill logistics daunting to city

Volunteers get to top, but geography stumps city


Valdez Star photo

Workers and volunteers, such as Troy Cozzens, are still working on various projects for the Salmonberry Ski Hill tow rope project. Cozzens, of Cozzens Painting and Drywall Coating, was busy with work inside the bottom warming shack Monday afternoon.

Ardent volunteers, including a crew and equipment from Harris Sand & Gravel, made it to the top of the Salmonberry ski hill in recent days hauling up essential equipment. This includes the second bullwheel to operate the towrope and the state-mandated warming shack. Work continues on the project and has taken longer – and cost more money - to complete than city officials had originally estimated. Backers of the project – who have volunteered untold hours of labor and materials in hopes of opening the towrope to the public for this winter’s ski season – have also urged city hall to keep up work on the project after some officials called for halting the project until the 2012 building season.


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