When the final round of voting ended on the magazine’s Facebook page at 4 p.m., less than a hundred votes separated Juneau’s city-owned ski area from Crested Butte of Colorado. The final tally was 17,063 votes for Eaglecrest to 17,156 for Crested Butte.
People from all over North America cast votes in the March Madness-style competition, which started with 64 ski areas pitted in head-to-head matchups against each other.
Eaglecrest Marketing Director Jeffra Clough says there’s no shame in finishing second.
“We don’t look at this as we lost,” she says. “We won so much, and we have so many followers in the community, and across the state, and across the nation. And people now know a little bit more about Eaglecrest. And it’s dumping snow! So we’re looking forward to an awesome season, and we thank the entire community for your support.”
Thanks to all the new snow Juneau has seen in the past 72 hours, Eaglecrest is opening the Ptarmigan Chair this weekend.
The ski area’s season kicked off last weekend with just the Porcupine lift open.
Eaglecrest is lowering season pass prices through the weekend to thank all those who supported the ski area during the Ski Town Throwdown. Until Sunday, passes start at $519. A normal adult season pass is $719.
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