Reader offers a solution

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2008

Lowly Soldotna could rise in the winter. A month ago they couldn't figure out whether to open Ski Hill. They say only 20 people play there on a good day and the hill, like the ice rink, loses money.

I tried the hill once as a teenager and the problem was obvious. The hill isn't tall enough. But a solution is as close as the nearest highway.

Turns out nearby, Sterling Highway is too high. And the state has billions of dollars in unplanned revenue. They should cut the highway, making the road safer and easier for truckers, and pile the material on top of Ski Hill. If they could go up another hundred feet, and install a "T-bar" lift, snowboarders and skiers would line up with their wallets out.

Meanwhile, motorists would begin to save fuel and brakes, and the savings would never stop.

Brent Johnson

Clam Gulch

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