[R141R, Eaglecrest Ski Area] in Juneau, Alaska is on the move. The ski area is developing plans to beef up recreational opportunities and is seeking public involvement in the process. Night skiing and a terrain park may be a few of the options on the table.

Eaglecrest, Juneau’s community-owned ski area, currently maintains four chairlifts on 640 acres along with a snow sports school, rental and repair shop, restaurant, and six-kilometers of Nordic trails. Offseason activities include a zip line, mountain bike tours and hiking.

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The Ptarmigan Chair hauls skiers and riders to the summit. Photo Courtesy of Eaglecrest Ski Area.

The ski area is aiming to develop a 20-year master plan to guide its growth. The plan will specify new recreation options that might be feasible at the ski area as well as improvements to the current offerings. Some new recreational opportunities for skiers and snowboarders might include night skiing, a terrain park, remote cabin and hut rentals, and expanding the lodge and food services.

The plan also seeks to address new summer recreation options. Some of those might include mountain biking facilities and services as well as scenic lift rides. The plan may also include other commercial uses that are compatible with the ski area.


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Eaglecrest Ski Area runs four lifts on 640 acres. Photo Courtesy of Eaglecrest Ski Area.

The master plan development process is open to the public with the first meeting scheduled for Nov. 2. Initial market research and a site suitability analysis will be presented along with examples of potential recreational activities. The public will be invited to make comments.

The Eaglecrest Master Plan meeting will be held from 7-9:30 p.m., Nov. 2, at Centennial Hall. A draft master plan will be presented at the second public meeting to be held in February 2012. The public can also turn in comments online.

For more information on the Eaglecrest Master Plan process, look here.