Snow – One of our best features is the Valdez area snow pack. Receiving over 300 inches at the base and over 900 inches in elevations above our mid-station each year, no costly snowmaking is necessary. Most resorts have to rely on pumping water uphill to snowmaking equipment; this is often the most expensive part of running a resort.West/Northwest slopes preserve the snow pack well into the summer. Ski/snowboard season would run from mid-October to mid-June around nine months a year.
At sea level – Largest maritime resort in the world.
Protected from winter winds – Located in the ideal spot for protection from the northerly winds that strip the surrounding mountains of critical snow cover. With East Peak towering at 7100 feet, northerly winds are blocked and funneled around the recreation center.
Multiple summer activities – This facility will be the hub of many different summer sports and activities, from Downhill Mountain biking, hiking to gold panning in gold rich mountain streams via chairlift ride. Valdez Glacier lake offers a glacial iceberg exploration experience that visitors will never forget.
Secondary Attraction - Indoor water park / spa featuring "Wave house" style water rides an indoor / outdoor pool system and a world class full feature spa. For a description check out wavehouse.com
Night use – Short days dominate Valdez winters, but with a lighting system CMRC hours will extend well into the night. Night skiing has been used at Girdwood with great success over the last 20 years. Visibility, as well as participation, is often better during the night with the lights on than during a daytime with overcast skies.
Mountain Safety – The patrol system will consist of mountain patrollers all equipped with cellular phones, radios and G.P.S. all connected to a stationary dispatcher. Rescues will be possible even in the worst of weather. An elaborate mapping system will break the mountain into 40 zones for fast and effective identification of the exact spot of rescue.
Half pipe – The southern bowl (#1) contains a ravine, where a huge half pipe, deemed mega pipe, will be built. The design includes walls of 24 feet, four feet taller than the half pipes used in current Olympic competition. With a total length of over 1000 feet this would be a major draw for competitive snowboarders and skiers.
Terrain park – Hand rails, fun boxes, table tops, 1/4 pipes, and slope style terrain will be available.
Race courses – Slalom, super G, downhill, extreme venues, boarder cross and ski cross will appeal to all varieties of racers.
Guided backcountry – Guided backcountry use will be extensive with over 5,500 acres to explore and a superior safety program to patrol and manage safety in the area.
Summer snowmobiling – Training and events for snow cross, hill cross and hill climb will be possible with the extended snow season.
Those familiar with the terrain, beauty and opportunity of Valdez understand what an amazing asset our environment is. Currently 250,000 visitors come to Valdez annually. We expect these numbers to grow quickly with the addition of a recreational facility. The innovation and magnitude of this project makes it difficult to gather actual demographic statistics, therefore our visitor numbers are very conservative. This modest approach demonstrates that we can pay back the capital investment with very low visitor numbers.
First Market – Winter enthusiast age 1 - 100 who are familiar with Valdez from movies, magazines and other publicity on the region’s superiority in the snow riding industry and the local Alaskan market.
Second Market – Sightseeing tourists of all ages from road, ferry or plane who want a ride to the top for breathtaking views and incredible photo opportunities.
Third Market – Populations that participate in summer mountain recreation activities including hiking, mountain biking, gold panning and rock climbing.
Fourth Market – Competitive athletes or extreme adventurers that need to prepare for events. The site is an ideal training facility for everyone from the U.S. Military to U.S ski teams. It would serve as a primary international hub for outdoor training and mountain safety, such as individuals or groups training for major expeditions such as Mt. Everest.
Snowboarders / Skiers – Who hasn’t heard of Valdez?
Alpinists / Hikers – Incredible terrain all within a days hike.
Sightseers – Views over the Chugach all the way to the Gulf of Alaska.
R.V. Travelers – Out into wild Alaska for the day!
Bus Tours – How about some gold panning with a view?
Cruise Ship Tours – Load’em up, photos, and load’em down.
Mountain Bikers – 4,700 vertical feet of terrain, one hell of a downhill!
Fishing Tourists – Out of the bugs and an incredible view.
Theater Conference – Inspirational views of forever ness.
Business Travelers – WOW! What is that?
Alaska Marine Highway–Seward, Whittier, Cordova, Juneau to Valdez
Snowmobilers – The spot to go while riding the Valdez area, plus they have good gas!
Training Event Facility
U.S. Military – Introduction to mountain terrain to extreme alpine training.
Mountain Safety – Basic avalanche training to crevasse rescue.
U.S. Ski teams
Olympic Training – Whatever training situations these teams need.
International ski teams
X-Games – Huge half pipe and giant terrain park well into June.
Alpine training for large expeditions – Groups training for Denali, Himalayas, etc.
Standard building style for CMRC project
Chalet in France called "Alaska"
Products and Services
We are selling Valdez, Alaska, something never done World Class ans year-round on this scale to date. Our services range from the summer sightseeing tourist, to extreme overnight mountaineering missions to elevations over 7,100 vertical feet. Customers may design their own unique adventures, and our employees will use the facility to make these dreams become a reality. Or customers may participate in special packages or single activities. We offer a wide variety of services suitable for all ages and skill levels.
The following buildings are currently subject to future change.
All buildings will follow a strict building covenant for area esthetics.
Day Lodge with facilities including ticket sales, food service, rental and repair shop, retail equipment, patrol headquarters, first aid facilities, entertainment area, corporate and administrative offices, conference room, training facility with classrooms. 10,000 + sq. ft.
Ticketing and information center
Large river rock fireplace
Equipment rental, retail and repair shop
Open kitchen set up for “Guest Cooks” or catering services
20’x 100’ open floor space for:
-Live entertainment, music, comedy, etc.
-Large training classroom or conference room
20’x 50’ conference and training room
Mountain patrol, dispatch, ski school offices and event coordination
Locker rooms with showers and restrooms
Corporate, Operations and Marketing offices
Old Town Valdez Shopping Plaza featuring early Alaskan storefronts in honor of our city destroyed by the 1964 tsunami. 10,000 sq. ft. with nine rental spaces for potential businesses such as:
·Guided backcountry services
·Helicopter / Snow cat services
·Outdoor outfitters directory and reservation services
·High octane snowmobile fuel sales
·Old time and on the mountain photo shop
·Retail clothing shop
·Snowboard, ski, and mountain bike shop
·Alaskan art and gifts
·Snowmobile and 4-wheeler rentals and tours
·Old Town Valdez Museum
·Shuttle bus service
An aggressive marketing plan targeting interest within mountain user publications will initially attract our customers. Once operational, we anticipate word of mouth to dramatically increase number of visits annually.Offering International tour packages with existing agencies will draw visitors with specific emphasis on the Asian and European markets. Alaska is positioned as an international hub, flights from Asia as well as Europe often use Alaska’s global position as the shortest route.
The marketing plan has already begun; with the use of ERA helicopters we have the year round capability of taking groups of media, investors, and project participants anywhere in the East peak bowls. Having close and easy helicopter access to the mountain will provide future customers and media with a sneak peek of the future chair lift facility and surrounding terrain. The ERA helicopter business headquarters is currently located within two miles of the CMRC base area; this provides direct access with very little travel time and a direct view of the entire East peak area so weather conditions can be observed from the ERA base area before flights.
A full-time sales and marketing director will be a vital part of the management team. That position will be responsible for public relations, assuring customer satisfaction, recruiting new and repeat business, as well as tour contracts. Publicity will be generated through:
-Travel books and agencies
-CMRC website and strategic links
-Community involvement program
-Annual and seasonal passes for Alaskans
Location: Valdez, Alaska is internationally known as a Mecca for snow sports due to its annual snowfall and amazing geography. The site offers incredible views of glaciers surrounded by mile high mountains with views of Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska.
Simplicity: Offering one chair lift servicing over 4,700 vertical feet of terrain as well as 5,500 acres of usable terrain. Operating cost will be incredibly low compared to any facility currently existing with this type and amount of terrain.
Access: Valdez is connected to the Alaskan road system by the Richardson highway for road travelers coming from within the state. The Valdez airport has daily flights to and from Anchorage International Airport. The new Alaskan Marine Highway terminal offers ferry service around the southern part of the state, and a high-speed ferry service from Whittier- just 50 miles east of Anchorage.
Superior customer service: Providing services to meet all customers’ needs from the sightseeing tourist to the big mountain professional.
Reputation: Valdez has an international reputation in the snow sport industry as being the best place in the world for a massive stable snow pack, challenging terrain and long spring days.
Fun factor: The center will offer fun for every visitor including shopping, mountain use, nightlife, entertainment and outstanding customer service.
CMRC versus Alyeska
The facility will provide a venue for the entire family as well as the extreme mountain user, all serviced by one chair lift. Visitors will experience a modern facility with outstanding service for a fair price. CMRC has limited competition. In the state of Alaska, 8 chair lift facilities are running. The closest resort to Valdez is over 300 miles away on the road system. The terrain of our location far exceeds all others.
The closest local competitor to CMRC is Alyeska ski resort in Girdwood, Alaska.
-Alyeska has eight (8) lifts and one (1) tram all going to the same general area with maintenance required on all nine. We have one chair lift straight to the top.
-Alyeska has a 2,500 foot vertical drop. We have 4,700 vertical feet.
-Alyeska has 1,000 useable acres. We will have 5,500 usable acres.
-Alyeska has the name Girdwood. We have the name Valdez – the most thought of 'Ski Alaska' name.
-Alyeska has a localized customer base, where as Valdez would have an international customer base.
-Alyeska is only accessible via the Seward Highway. Valdez is accessible via plane, road system and Alaska marine highway system.
-Alyeska is an hour drive from Anchorage. CMRC is a 45 minute plane ride and just 2 miles from the airport and six miles from downtown Valdez.
-We offer many more services and mountain area.
-CMRC’s summit elevation is over 7,100 vertical feet versus 3,939 at Alyeska.