The snow just keeps coming at Eaglecrest. Juneau’s city-owned ski area boasts more snow than any other ski area in North America, a distinction it has held since November.
The snow stake Tuesday morning read 140 inches at the top of the Ptarmigan lift and 63 inches at the lodge. Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood is also doing fine, with 38 inches at the base and 105 on top.
By comparison, Aspen Mountain, Colorado, had a base of 16 inches of snow; Sun Valley, Idaho had 20. Magic Mountain in Southern Vermont has 10 inches and two of 40 trails open. That’s where Eaglecrest’s general manager Matt Lillard recently worked.
Many ski areas across the continent are hurting for snow during this holiday season when they stand to make up to 20 percent, sometimes more, of their winter revenue.
A database of ski areas indicates 366 areas have opened, out of 469 in the U.S. and Canada. Many are running partial operations.
On those days when it’s raining at sea level, it’s probably snowing at Eaglecrest. According to the Juneau Forecast Office of the National Weather Service, temperatures decrease about three degrees for every one-thousand feet this time of year.
- The series of simulated drills was known as the Arctic Chinook exercise and wrapped Thursday morning in Kotzebue, according to a Coast Guard press release.
- Scientists are trying to learn how to prevent botulism in seal oil, a main ingredient in many traditional Alaska Native foods.
- Alaska's earthquake simulator will visit Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Sept. 1, in downtown Juneau giving residents some emergency preparedness practice at an event that promises to shake, rattle and roll.
- The creator of the Facebook page the Juneau Community Collective is running for public office and that created a problem. He had to figure out how to continue moderating political comments on the page without falling into a conflict of interest.