Eaglecrest staff has identified a used gondola (an aerial mountain lift with enclosed cars as opposed to open chairs) in Austria that can be purchased for $2,000,000; inclusive of the shipping to Juneau. The gondola is appropriately sized and scaled for installation at Eaglecrest to facilitate all-season access to the top of the mountain. This ordinance would appropriate general funds for the purpose of purchasing the gondola and getting it delivered to Juneau. Once received, the gondola could not be installed until Eaglecrest secures additional funding for the necessary mountain improvements—including the base station, towers, and summit station—necessary to facilitate the installation, estimated to be an additional $4,500,000.
Assembly Finance Committee reviewed this request at the February 2, 2022 meeting.