Kids didn't flock to the new ski hill on Karen Street in Soldotna on opening day last weekend, but as the wind died down and the temperatures rose and schools closed for the Thanksgiving Day weekend, more families began to enjoy the new facility.
"It was an 'if we build it they will come' kind of a thing," said Andrew Carmichael, Parks and Recreation Director at the City of Soldotna. The long awaited opening was over a year in coming due to the warm weather last year, "The Ice Age set in on us last year, and we had so much ice on the hill that it was just too treacherous to groom or walk up on, so we opted to hold off and try again this year," added Charmichael.
Russ Millstein levels out the jump near the top of Soldotna's new ski hill.
The hill is open after school 3-5pm Wednesday and Friday and 10am-5pm on weekends and when school is out. There are actually two hills open, one for ski/snowboarding, and the other for sledding. Two years ago the City was given a snow groomer donated by the Soldotna Rotary Club that will now be put to use by city employees to keep up the optimum conditions on the hill. Russ Millstein, who helped to fence the hill, hiking from top to bottom numerous times said, "One thing for sure, after the kids hike this hill for a couple of hours, they'll be ready to sleep when they get home." At the present time there are no plans for a rope tow.
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