Thursday, November 19, 2015
Greetings from Snowy Eaglecrest,
It has been an amazing week up on the mountain as we have seen the base depths climb with all the new snow. There have been many smiles on the faces of those willing to earn their early season turns. It has been a busy couple of weeks with lots of events going on around town and that trend will continue up until opening day. I hope you were able to enjoy Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows and our weekly Ski Film Bar Night series at Louie’s Douglas Inn. The Annual Ski Sale/Swap was also a great way to find new gear and get ready for the 2015-16 Season.
Looking ahead we are bringing Terrain Park riding to the streets of Juneau with Eaglecrest’s first ever Downtown Rail Jam on Saturday, November 28th. The Downtown Rail Jam is sure to be an amazing event that is not to be missed! Skiers and snowboarder will gather at Marine Park and sample the snow and park features we’re bring down from the mountain. There will be something for everyone - terrain park, music, food, beer and wine garden, and much more!
On the mountain as of Thursday, November 19, 2015 we have 50” of snow at the summit and 21” at the base. We are off to a GREAT start!! We will be getting out with the groomers over the next couple days packing down as much of the mountain as we can in order to help build and preserve our base. We also plan to supplement the natural snow with some snowmaking as temperatures drop next week. Unfortunately the forecast is calling for a sizable amount of the “R” word this weekend, and for that reason, we are still scheduling opening day for Saturday, December 5th. As we get closer to opening day we will make sure to update you on how the mountain is looking. Get excited!
In welcoming everyone back to the mountain, it is important to introduce the two big changes in how the base area operates. First and foremost is the opening of the Porcupine Lodge. The Porcupine Lodge is the new base area facility at the base of the Porcupine Area and houses the following operations:
- Ticketing Office - including Season Pass and MultiVisit cards
- Snow Sports School - including reservation and daily check in
- Retail and Repair Shop
- Rental Department
If you are coming to Eaglecrest and need any of the above services you will now need to go to the Porcupine Lodge instead of the original base lodge. The Porcupine Lodge is a great new facility for Eaglecrest and we are excited to bring it online this season.
The second big change to base area operations is the parking lot traffic. With the opening of the Porcupine Lodge combined with the ever increasing traffic jam at the end of the day we needed to take a new look at how the parking lot functions. After vetting numerous ideas, we have decided to reverse the direction of flow of the upper parking lot. To put it simply, as you are entering the parking lot on the lower level, traffic will flow clockwise. The upper level of the parking lot will only be one way and the direction of travel will be away from the base area and out of Eaglecrest! The lower level of the lot will remain two-way traffic as it has in the past.
We have new signs indicating the new traffic patterns so be alert and mindful of others as old habits are sometimes hard to change. It is our hope that in a relatively short period of time the new parking lot flow will create less of a bottleneck near the base lodge at the end of the day and allow everyone to exit the mountain quicker and safer than before.
We are looking forward to opening weekend in only a few short weeks. Until then keep thinking snow and we hope to see everyone downtown on Saturday, November 28 for the Downtown Rail Jam!