That’s according to magazine editors John Davies and John Stifter, as they watched the small ski area amass enough votes to beat Whistler/Blackcomb and Mount Washington resorts in the first two rounds of the competition.
Eaglecrest is now in the Sweet 16 against another British Columbia resort, Red Mountain in Rossland.
While Red Mountain calls itself “the last great, unspoiled resort,” Eaglecrest is even less spoiled. It’s not a destination resort, but a city-owned ski area with no lift lines and a small mountain feel. Eaglecrest calls itself Alaska’s best-kept secret.
Ski Town Throwdown is patterned after the March Madness basketball championship with six rounds. The Throwdown began with 64 U.S. and Canada ski areas, 16 in each of four geographic regions.
If Eaglecrest defeats Red Mountain, it will be in the Elite 8 competition.
Voting is Monday and Tuesday on Powder Magazine’s Facebook page. You can vote once each day.
Beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Eaglecrest will hold a Rock the Vote party at Juneau’s Red Dog Saloon, with Wi-Fi for voting, regular vote updates and, of course, the final count at 11 p.m., Alaska time.
- The state Division of Insurance plans to ask the feds to offset its costs for the Alaska Reinsurance Program.
- After a mild start to December, it’s gotten bitter cold in Haines and Skagway, with temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits. With temperatures far below freezing, snowfall from the weekend is not likely to go anywhere soon.
- As temperatures rise, Arctic ice is retreating, making trips through the Northwest passage – from Alaska to Maine – a new summer reality. But until now, mariners navigating Arctic ice have had limited formal training. A professor at Maine Maritime Academy is working to change that.
- One shot was fired in an officer-involved shooting Saturday, according to the Juneau Police Department. Police say Sgt. Chris Gifford fired the shot that injured Jeremie Shaun Tinney, 38, of Juneau while officers were investigating a single-vehicle crash in the 16500 block of Ocean View Drive.