Juneau skiers and riders will be jumping on the slopes a week early. Due to early snowstorms in Alaska and more on the way this week, Eaglecrest Ski Area has bumped its opening day to Friday, Nov. 25.

Close to four feet of snow has fallen at the ski area since Nov. 12. The boon of snow prompted the resort to bounce the opening to a week earlier than usual. The Thanksgiving weekend skiing and riding will mark one of the earliest opening days in recent years.

Three chairlifts—Ptarmigan, Hooter and Porcupine—will start loading skiers and riders at 9 a.m. on Friday and run until 3 p.m. Specific run and terrain availability will be subject to snow coverage by Friday.
 
Eaglecrest will run lifts for skiing and riding Friday through Sunday this week. After a weekday closure, the ski area will re-open Dec. 3.

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A boon of early season snow will allow skiers and riders up to the top of the Ptarmigan Lift at Eaglecrest this Friday. Photo by Backwater Surfer/Flickr.

The Snow Bus will not be running yet for opening weekend, so skiers and riders will need to drive the 12 miles from Juneau to the ski area. But other services, such as rentals, repairs, the Eaglecrest Grill and the coffee stand, will be available. With limited instructors for lessons on opening weekend, the Snowsports School will require reservations at 907-790-2000, extension 211.
 
Eaglecrest will still be selling season passes and multi-visit cards at discounted rates until Nov. 27. Season passes cost $69-499, depending on age. Multi-visit cards are available for 5, 10 or 15 days with rates running $69-429, depending on age. Multi-visit cards are transferable.
 
Snow showers are forecasted this week, including opening day on Friday. Check the grooming report for which runs will be available on opening weekend here.