Eaglecrest in Round 16 of Ski Town Throwdown

View from top of Ptarmigan on Nov. 17, where snow depth is estimated at 15 inches. Snow is being made on the lower mountain. The guns will move to the base of Ptarmigan later this week. Planned opening is Dec. 7. Photo by Scott Baxter.

Juneau’s Eaglecrest is the Cinderella story in this year’s Powder Magazine Ski Town Throw Down.

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.










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