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.
- A response team is headed to the area Tuesday to find and secure the Invader. The incident is being investigated.
- Now, to avoid a second year of mass layoff notices to state workers and another government shutdown scare, the pressure is on lawmakers to take the negotiated deal as-is.
- The U.S. Forest Service wants tourists to take in the dramatic views, but also consider why the glacier is shrinking.
- Photos from Monday's observances at Evergreen Cemetery and Warrior Park.