Over the last 30 years, more than a thousand Juneau elementary school children have been the recipients of a weekend of free ski lessons at Eaglecrest Ski Area.
As long as they’ve never skied before, the third, fourth, and fifth graders can apply for the Learn to Ski program and hope their name is pulled in a drawing. The ski area provides transportation, skis and boots, lift tickets, lessons, and lunch for both days. It’s sponsored by Mendenhall Auto Subaru.
Thirty-two enthusiastic kids were on skis for the first time last weekend (Jan. 29/30).
- Southcentral Alaska has seen an increase in wasp activity this year. Mild winters are good for overwintering queens, and more queens means more nests come springtime.
- A Canadian company conducting exploration for a potential mine about 35 miles north of Haines was recently granted permission to grow its project.
- Juneau's first state-certified commercial cannabis farm is up and running with plans to start selling their products as soon as October.
- The Crystal Serenity is carrying 980 passengers on a 32-day journey from Anchorage to New York City. The cruise ship is the largest ever to navigate the Northwest Passage, a voyage of many other firsts for Crystal Cruises, according to captain Birger Vorland.