Friday, March 21st, 2014
Awesome Spring Skiing At Eaglecrest

Florian Skiing Eaglecrest - Photo (c) Laurent DickWe celebrated the arrival of spring in style at Eaglecrest under clear skies and several inches of fresh powder. Here, Florian performs an iron cross as he flies of a big jump, with Stephens Passage and Admiralty Island in the background. Happy Spring!

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Freestyle Skiing At Eaglecrest

Jarrett Thomas of Juneau performs a backflip during a bluebird day at Eaglecrest last winter. I wish everybody a fun and safe skiing season!
If you need a little inspiration, check out this cool clip filmed at Eaglecrest last winter by Sweetgrass Productions.

Juneau from Patagonia on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Telemark Skiing On The Backside Of Douglas Island

Gwenna Corvez performs a classic forward bent knee “telemark” turn on the backside of Douglas Island this past weekend. Unlike alpine skiing equipment, the skis used for telemarking have a binding that only connects the boot to the ski at the toes, just as in cross-country skiing. Gwenna joined Florian and I for an afternoon of glorious powder skiing and fun in the sun. We appreciate Gwenna for being Florian’s K-1 teacher at the Juneau Community Charter School and no less important from a Francophone point of view for the fact that she grew up in France and is fluent in French.

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Monday, December 12th, 2011
Freedom Of The Hills At Eaglecrest

Saturday happened to be another one of these magical skiing days. High above the fog, we welcomed the sun, carved turns in fresh powder, and simply enjoyed each other’s company and the freedom of the hills. Here, Florian skis down the west side of Douglas Island through pristine snow in a magic winter wonderland.

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Friday, June 17th, 2011
Skiing Season Over

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It was so beautiful last evening that I decided to head up one last time to Eaglecrest with my skis. The caretaker at the lodge warned me that 1.5 inches of rain the day before yesterday had put a huge dent into the remaining snowpack up high, but I had to see it for myself. But the higher I hiked, the more I realized that I might not don my skis anymore this season. The East Bowl Chutes had patches of snow here and there, but nothing of substance. Somewhere along Williwaw I decided to call it quits, and descended again among beautiful meadows and the sound of little streams running everywhere, as the sun peacefully moved along the northern horizon. The skis are now put away, and I am now ready to fully embrace the boating season.

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Monday, March 21st, 2011
Skiing Mount Jumbo

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Mount Jumbo offers a pretty exhilarating ski from 3,500 feet back down to almost sea level. After we had almost touched the bright blue sky, we put on our skis on and headed back down. Above, Noah Jenkins carves a few telemark turns through pristine sparkling diamonds on the broad summit plateau before heading down a steep narrow chute on the north face of the mountain. In the distance is Young Bay and Mansfield Peninsula. To the right, Demian Schane downclimbs to the lip leading into the couloir to dig a snow pit, before Jessie Goodrich skied for the first three turns while still being roped up and on belay. Below, Pat Goodrich skis the lower portion of the bowl on the north face of Mount Jumbo. The mixture of near-champagne powder, gorgeous weather and great company made for a wonderful day in the mountains. We all agreed how lucky we are to have Douglas Island at our doorstep. The island offers some of the most accessible backcountry skiing around Juneau, unlike other less accessible areas, where helicopter support is almost unavoidable.

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Saturday, March 19th, 2011
Skiing To The Top Of Douglas Island

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I joined a small group of Juneau backcountry skiers who skinned to the top of Mount Jumbo yesterday, lured by clear sunny skies, and the promise of a challenging descent down its steepest gully. From left to right, Pat Goodrich, Noah Jenkins, Jessie Goodrich and Demian Schane climb up the broad southeast shoulder of Mount Jumbo, at 3,500 feet the highest peak on Douglas Island.

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Friday, March 18th, 2011
Spring Skiing At Eaglecrest

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It was another gorgeous day yesterday in Juneau. Greta, Florian and I decided to head up to Eaglecrest in the afternoon, and we were not disappointed. Almost four inches of fresh powder and warm weather made for beautiful spring skiing conditions. I uploaded a 1 minute clip on Youtube of Florian hitting some of Eaglecrest’s mythical jumps like ‘Blowhole’ and ‘Whale Spout’ yesterday. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm7eDiHnHfw

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Monday, March 7th, 2011
High Gravity Games

Snowboarders and skiers, along with snowshoers, sledders and dummys explored the law of gravity to its fullest potential yesterday at the Eaglecrest Ski Area as they tried to navigate a series of courses during the first-ever High Gravity Games. The games were a celebration of 25 years of business for the Alaskan Brewing Co. All funds raised at the event went to Hospice & Home Care of Juneau.

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Monday, February 21st, 2011
Eaglecrest Avalanche Control


This weekend’s storm created very dangerous avalanche conditions. Up at Eaglecrest, the ski patrol used explosives to reduce the risk of human triggered avalanches. In this shot of the West Bowl along Hog’s Back taken from Waterfall, a large fracture line is visible where a large slab avalanche was set off by a bomb to clear the area for skiers. No doubt that those skiers crossing the avalanche path in this picture would have set off an avalanche had the slope not be cleared by the Eaglecrest Ski Patrol.

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