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Eaglecrest Ski Area prepares for winter with new chairlift
Published: 09/16/2010 19:02:00
Despite the unusually warm and sunny weather this week, winter is just around the corner, and Eaglecrest Ski area is busy preparing.

Jeffra Clough, Director of Sales & Marketing at Eaglecrest, says that even though we don't have it yet, the crew at Eaglecrest is always thinking about snow.

And the biggest preparations have been building a new chairlift to replace the Platter Pole.

Marcus Zimmerman, Lift Operations Supervisor at Eaglecrest told us about the lift: "This lift is the Porcupine chairlift; it's our new beginner chairlift. It is a little over 700 feet long, it has 39 chairs on it, and it services beginner terrain here at Eaglecrest."

The lift came used from Snowmass Ski area in Colorado. Originally built in 1969, the lift was donated to Eaglecrest for the price of removing and shipping it to Juneau. Over $138,000 was raised by the community of Juneau through the Eaglecrest Foundation to build the chairlift.

In addition to Muskeg and Dolly Varden, the electrically driven Porcupine chairlift brings a new run to Eaglecrest called Stickleback which is design to help users transition to the larger lifts like Black Bear which was built last year.

Zimmerman explained: "The ease of use for this lift is considerably better for beginners than a platter pole is. It makes it easier for them to get up the mountain, both skiers and snowboarders. It also helps, being on a chairlift as a beginner going then onto the other lifts up the mountain; they already know how to ride a lift."

There will be a Dedication Ceremony for the new chairlift at 3pm this Saturday as part of Discover Eaglecrest Day.

"We're inviting the community of Juneau and any visitors that happen to be in town to come up and explore Eaglecrest and see what we have to offer. We believe that Eaglecrest is a very special place, regardless of the season and regardless of the weather. And so we have got a full fun day planned of activities so that you can come up and explore your mountain." Clough said.

The schedule for Saturday's events is posted at Eaglecrest's website at the link below.

http://www.skijuneau.com

By: Mikko Wilson - mikko@kath.tv