With lingering visions of last winter’s 600 inches of snow, Eaglecrest Ski Area launched the 2012-13 season on Saturday, Dec. 1. Local Juneau skiers and riders ancy for the lifts to turn raced to the slopes. This winter, it’s not just the locals who can get benefits at Eaglecrest, but visitors, too.

The ski area fired up the Porcupine Chairlift with Muskeg and Dolly Varden trails open for riding. Machine-made snow complimented natural snow to allow the start of the season, but no one seemed to mind since boards were underfoot once again.  

Juneau locals have always gotten good deals for skiing in low season pass rates. But this winter, visitors to the area can get discounted lift tickets when flying Alaska Airlines to Juneau. The ski area is giving $20 off an all-day lift ticket for those who present their Alaska Airlines Boarding Pass at the ticket window.  

Alaska Air visitors have five days after flying in to Juneau to redeem the discount. Only one discounted lift ticket is allowed per boarding pass, and a valid ID that matches the boarding pass must be presented at the ticket window, too.

The ski area plans to operate Fridays through Sundays, conditions permitting, until mid-December when the normal Thursday through Monday schedule starts. The ski area also runs lifts for holidays, except Christmas day, and school vacations. The Alaska Air discount can be used any day the ski area is open through April 14, 2013.

Eaglecrest embarked on several upgrades in the off-season this year. Crews swapped out the center-pole chairs on mid-mountain Black Bear Lift for new chairs with outside poles, upgraded Hooter’s electrical systems, and performed other slope maintenance projects.
 
Eaglecrest sits 12 miles from downtown Juneau. The ski area runs four chairlifts and a tubing hill.

For more information on the Alaska Air deal, go here.