by: Jake - 28th March 2010

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Dumps, Terrain, No Lines, Backcountry, Beautiful.
3 lifts, smaller acreage, rain, nightlife, cold.

Full review

I learned to start loving skiing, at Eaglecrest. My home mountain in Juneau, AK is renowned for it's steeps and snow in and out of bounds. The area mostly serves the residents of Juneau and the surrounding areas. People don't go to Eaglecrest for it's size or apres ski scene. The area, on Douglas Island is hit with ocean storms which results in massive amounts of wet snow that covers two large bowls and many runs snaking all over the mountain. Don't be offput by Eaglecrest's lift situation. The area accessed by ptarmigan is huge, especially for one lift. In addition to their number of named runs, Eaglecrest has amazing tree skiing, incredible steeps, and wide open bowls. This is all tiny however, compared to the backcountry. Eaglecrest is flanked on all sides by steep mountains that accumulate A LOT of powder that remains untouched until it snows again. Hogsback, heavenly, showboat, and the backside of Eaglecrest open up a lot of options for those that came to Alaska for the challenge. There is however, only 3 double lifts, and 1 surface lift. So if you come from a resort skiing background, it may be surprisingly barebones. Same goes for amenities, Eaglecrest is located nearest Juneau, the capital. The nightlife in Juneau isn't really comparable to anything in CO for example, but this is Alaska, so it's never too hard to get hammered in a fun atmosphere. Lastly, I know this matters to some of you, Alaska supports compassionate use.. come see why Eaglecrest is different than anything in Utah or Idaho!
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