A special election on Monday could put Eaglecrest Ski Area on the map outside Alaska.
Eaglecrest is included in Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown, competing against Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resort, near Vancouver, British Columbia.
Whistler/Blackcomb is many, many times larger than Juneau’s city-owned ski and snowboard area. But if enough people vote for Eaglecrest, not only will there be bragging rights, but Powder Magazine will feature Eaglecrest and Juneau in one of its monthly editions.
General Manager Matt Lillard says the international magazine reached out to Eaglecrest to include it in the competition, which has several rounds.
“Right now we’re just focusing on beating out Whistler/Blackcomb. They’re obviously a much bigger area with definitely a much bigger following than us. So we’re going to try to get everybody out there and win this round then we’ll start focusing on the next one after that,” Lillard says.
Ski Town Throwdown is a competition among a variety of ski towns and resorts across the U.S. and Canada.
“If we can keep going it just shows that we’ve got passionate skiers, a great area and it just gets our name out there more and more,” Lillard says.
Fans vote through Powder Magazine’s Facebook page one day only. For Eaglecrest, voting will be open for 24 hours on Monday, Oct. 28.
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