This is a sponsored post on behalf of AKontheGO sponsor Eaglecrest Ski Area.
After crossing fingers, toes, and ski poles, the folks at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area opened last weekend to a dumping of Southeast Alaska powder. With a total of 16 inches at the base and 48 inches at the top, The Best Nest is ready to kick things off the 2016-17 season in a big way.
Jeffra Clough, director of Sales/Marketing and the EC Snowsports School was estatic about the resulting #FirstDayFaces, and sent me several as proof that the snow dances worked. Check ’em out!
Why do we love Eaglecrest? Community. Instruction. Inclusion. Sure, the terrain is great, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and water. Of course the Juneau scene is excellent, too, with options for using Alaska Airlines miles for easy travel between Seattle or Anchorage; amazing options for food and food touring; and fun outside of town at Mendenhall Glacier. But it’s the people who run EC that make my heart happiest.
The Snowsports School has programs for kids, adults, and adaptive learners to encourage and enhance skills. Not to mention, it’s a great way for parents to ski on their own with the knowledge their young skiers or riders are having a blast on the hill. And don’t forget January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, with Eaglecrest leading the way for highest volume of new skiers riders in the state. Love. It.
Juneau grade 5 students are eligible for the 5th Grade Passport Program to encourage good grades, attendance, and exercise in the great Alaska outdoors. Check out the details above, and know that my friends at Eaglecrest want kids to succeed with a variety of tools connected to their town and school. The Nest also has other programs to inspire young people in Juneau, and around the state, so take a look and be part of the fun.
While you’re there, don’t forget to stop in and nosh on some treats at the Grill or or Mountain Lift, both serving up quality products to chase away the hungries (or the chill). The french fries are our favorite, with an espresso chaser before we board the lift and schuss the afternoon away.
So how do you find Eaglecrest? It’s an easy drive from downtown Juneau, with tons of options available for overnights via Travel Juneau, the city’s visitor bureau. Allow at least two solid days of skiing or riding (there’s Nordic trails, too), then perhaps add a day to see Alaska’s capital city.
Know before you go, though: Check current weather conditions on the mountain HERE.
Sign up for the Snow Scoop, a daily email with conditions and upcoming events — of which there are many throughout the season.
And above all, support Eaglecrest’s commitment to skiing and riding, and growing great families, right there in Juneau. It’s worth the trip.