February 27, 2019
Question 1: ORec Current Conditions
Great Access, water and land – year-round
Many have only road – based access
Some trails undeveloped
Difficult to finish
Lots of routes but many undeveloped
No Single Track, technical Mtn., bike trails
Hard to find others to do rock climbing, single track, non-maintained trail.
Lack of snow
Diversity of trail & other or Rec.
Keep unmaintained trails use low
Question 2: 10 Yrs. Down the road
Generational viability of small ORec. Business
Support niche opportunity
Increase Land/Road Based Rec/
Via Katlian Bay Rd
Expand Dive Program
Local Control of Downtown shops
Sea Kayak, Dive Shops
Guided Kayak has high liability
Whittier does have kayak
Whittier does have sea taxis
Question : do we have enough business - do we want more year-round?
SSSC great job w/education
Brings folks to town
Econ Benefit to bike shop from Fine Arts Camp
High / Low Quality Volume (cruise) not enough independent cruise operators
– small cruise try to spread out but still some conflicts. Balance use
“Rural status” is key. We are borderline Population Based & Road based
Whale Fest – More Festivals
Whale watching is big among cruise ship passengers from Juneau
Decline in winter business & Business to shoulder season
E-Commerce a problem
$ Water town/Less money Land based
Better Alpine Access
Harbor Mtn – Ski trail/snowboard could be developed
Verstovia – Telemark/Snowboard
Cabin @ Verstovia w/lockers
Diversity (?) Equity
Winter / year-round
Retain local character
More opportunities for Mtn biking
Off Kruzoff Island & road connected (Indian River?) with maps & road rules
Biking representation on local boards, STW, Parks & Rec. (infiltrate), USFS, youth groups
Explore “fat tire” bike possibilities “Cross Sitka” bike route
Race or tours
Break out Topic: Year-Round Recreation
Festivals – off season
Destination – expand Jazz Fest
Year-Round, road-based tours
Diving opportunity in winter
Education -Science Center
Partner with other businesses to extend stays
“Promote the extra day” – use discounts
Promote Indigenous Language – Education opportunities (Indo Pacific)
Break-out Topic: Local Character
How will environmental/Climate Change affect tourism and local character?
Business strategy & plans opps & threat
Focus on independent tourism (Chris McGraw Private & City)
Plan is @ comfort levels w/cruise ships
Still ensure enough tourism to achieve economic benefit
Identify steps/protocol to support collaborative, shared enjoyment of resources between locals and tourism.
Interactive resource management
Market to young tourists
Access in high season so locals still enjoy
Breakout Topic: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity
Developing infrastructure for independent travelers
Connecting organizations who are already working with groups in town to include one another - strengthen/networking
Developing community psych-energy to include others in OD adventures, not just love wolf attitudes
Develop Recreation Plans to include all groups – motorized, non-motorized, tribal, tourist, local, etc.
Outreach being intentional to reach all community members
INDIVIDUAL Priorities (3 cards)
Sarbonne of the Pacific – Christina
Tour package year-round
How to improve outdoor rec. in Sitka
Indian River multipurpose trail network
More opportunities for Mtn biking, specific:
Ask Sitka trail works to add a MTB seat on their Board
Designated bike route across Sitka, Races, tours
Fat-tire bike possibilities
(?) Is Mt. Biking network and map; youth MTB opportunities
ID opportunities to influence forest service management and planning
More outdoor rec. opps for variety of abilities (including kids)
Some sort of very organized outdoor club that could organize activities like big (overnight) kayak trips.
A healthy, cohesive, local community of recreators that live and play here…. A net work/group/Ambassodors?
Diversity and Inclusion; Equity in the Voices at the Table; People should feel safe, able, and welcome
Better ocean access for visitors
A full-service dive shop in Sitka
Sustained funding for State Marine Parks and Cabins/Docks
Our water and rainforest access is not for beginners. Tides/currents/outer coast weather requires skills and training. Off-trail hiking is very technical due to steep terrain and orientation.
Fish friendly development; fish habitat protections; Salmon 4 ever
We have mild weather compared to the rest of Alaska! We can support year-round opportunities.
Road-based cabin rental opportunities on Federal land.
More year-round opportunity; multi-purpose use trail (i.e., summer – mtn bike trail/winter – cross country ski trail)
Good trails, maintain trails.
Outfitter/guides looking for more developed trails between Juneau & Sitka (multi-day boat trips)
A trail that is long enough to have hut to hut shelters
Access to the alpine
1) Go kayaking more, always; 2) Access to outdoor learning opportunities; 3) Presentation of nature to emphasize preservation of nature
Preservation of Nature; Access for more
We need to improve public access through communal methods – like the ferry to a beach for the day; also for Sitkans and not just for tourists
University gear rental; Classes for outdoor Rec.; bike maintenance; basic kayaking; etc.
Better gear rental/outfitting
Longer hiking in town (multiday?)
Multi-day hiking, kayaking, routes established
Multi-day trip routes (difficult since longest trail is 7 miles.
More independent travels; more out rec enthusiasts, vs charter and cruise ships.
1) More independent tourism @ lower cost; 2) gear rental – access
Have businesses that support outdoor activities: boat rental; kayak gear rental
Repair the State/Federal nexus for RTP grants for trail maintenance
Water Access/Boat Ramps
Old growth forest/intact ecosystem
How are we going to address CLIMATE CHANGE? It will change the face of Sitka. Need a comprehensive strategy/plan
Costs need to come down.
Balance Economic Engine which will create a Disney Land environment for locals. Against quality of experience for locals.
Wilderness and places of solitude
Sustainable Mountain bike trails
Biking single-track trails
Mountain biking off-road trails
A single-track, bike trail
I swear there’s a bunch of us singletrack; Perhaps Indian River? Single Track; Harbor Mtn. Development: Single track? MTB; Mt. Bike Single Track, e.g., Indian River Trail
Mountain biking is a huge unexplored niche. Also base jumping.