[Proudly sponsored by Eaglecrest Ski Area, an AKontheGO supporter since 2014]
When we had to cancel our Spring Break trip to Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau last year, it was a blow. Not just to our family, who had been looking forward to schussing down hills, eating french fries, and making new friends. Rather, we felt deeply for Eaglecrest and all the other western ski areas that closed early or, in some extreme cases, never opened at all due to a warm, wet, and frustrating winter.
Jeffra Clough, Marketing Manager for this city-owned hill on Douglas Island, said it was a tough one, but she and her team of mountain operators, ski instructors, ticket sellers, and hospitality folks are ready for 2015/16, and she’s sure the snow is out there, somewhere. I’ll take that kind of attitude.
To kick things off, Eaglecrest is hosting their annual Discover Eaglecrest Day on Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. It’s FREE. It’s fun. It’s a good way to let this local winter sporting favorite that we love them and wish them well.
Plus, the mountain has gone wild with improvements (one way the closure was a hidden blessing). The new Porcupine Day Lodge celebrates a grand opening at 11 a.m. Kids, take mom and dad to the new Porcupine Den for a few fun activities and show them where youngsters can hang out during a busy ski day. Would-be skiers can even get fitted for the upcoming year with complimentary gear sizing in the lodge’s Board Room. Nice to get that out of the way.
Alaska Zipline Adventures will their zips with special rates (reservations required: Call 907-321-0947), the Juneau Public Library will be on hand to read stories, and the fabulous disc golf course is open for a bit of discing fun.
Look for information tables with mountain maps, employment options, special event calendars, and some cool Eaglecrest swag that’ll make your friends jealous.
A variety of food and beverage options will be available as well. Fatmo’s will be selling their delicious homemade barbeque, Mountain Lift will offer coffee and smoothies, and Peterson’s Pretzels will be selling hot, fresh pretzels. The AK Zipline beer & wine garden will be open for those 21 and older.
Jeffra wanted me to make sure you all saw the note: Eaglecrest season passes and Snowsports school programs are on sale now! You can purchase online and at our ticket office during Discover Eaglecrest Day or normal business hours. A special PFD Pass Sale kicked off September 8 as well, for those looking for a hot deal on some cool skiing and riding, and continues through mid-October.
For more information on all things Eaglecrest, visit skijuneau.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (Eaglecrest Ski Area; @skieaglecrest).
P.S. Keep an eye out for AKontheGO Southeast correspondent Steve SueWing; he and his family will be attending the festivities and showing their support for the biggest little ski area in Alaska!