Mining firm will exclude ski area

FAIRBANKS — A Canadian gold exploration company has revised its application for a state land lease to exclude ground occupied by one of the only downhill ski areas near Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Vancouver-based Freegold Ventures this week contacted the Mental Health Trust Authority to exclude ground used by Skiland northeast of Fairbanks.

The authority manages 1 million acres of state land to produce income that helps pay for care of Alaskans who experience mental illness.