Eaglecrest moves on to second round

Powder turns in Eaglecrest’s West Bowl, 2013. Photo by Rosemarie Alexander.

Juneau’s Eaglecrest is on to the second round of the Ski Town Throwdown.

The tiny ski area Monday proved to be more popular in the competition than Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resort near Vancouver, British Columbia.

Whistler/Blackcomb is huge by comparison, but throughout the day Eaglecrest was a couple hundred votes ahead in the contest, conducted on Powder Magazine’s Facebook page. The magazine paired the areas.

Eaglecrest is the only Alaska ski area in the competition.  Girdwood’s Alyeska Resort lost to Panorama Mountain Village in B.C. earlier this month.

The magazine divides the ski areas into geographic regions, the Great White North, Far West, Rocky Mountain West and the Big East.

Eaglecrest snow sports director Jeffra Clough says the Ski Town Throwdown has six rounds, just like the March Madness basketball championship.

“There’s the second round and then they call it the Sweet 16, the Elite 8, the Final 4 and then the finals,” Clough says.  “And so the Great White North champion goes against the Big East champion on December 2nd and 3rd.”

The second round is Nov. 7th, when Eaglecrest will be paired against Mount Washington in British Columbia.  The  Vancouver Island ski area is the winner of Tuesday’s Powder Magazine competition against Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, also in B.C.








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