Eaglecrest Ski Area, Alaska

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Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Eaglecrest Ski Area is located on Douglas Island, only a short drive (12 miles/20km) from downtown Juneau, and is the only ski area in the US that is located on an island. Access […]

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Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Eaglecrest Ski Area is located on Douglas Island, only a short drive (12 miles/20km) from downtown Juneau, and is the only ski area in the US that is located on an island. Access to Juneau is by air or water only. However, it is an easy flight from most major cities in the US and Canada. Skiing in Juneau dates back to the 1930’s, where residents had access to a few local winter recreation areas. In the late 1960’s, Bob Janes and Craig Lindh approached the US Forest Service with the idea of opening a ski area on Douglas Island in the area that is now home to Eaglecrest Ski Area. This location was chosen for its diverse terrain and because the access road was in an avalanche free zone. After years of hard work to overcome regulatory hurdles, permission was granted, and Eaglecrest Ski Area opened to the public in December 1976 with a day lodge, one chairlift and a surface lift. Eaglecrest Ski Area has grown from its original roots to a ski area that has approximately 640 acres of terrain, 36 runs and rivals some North America’s most popular ski resorts. Although it has a vertical drop of just over 1600 feet, the mountain skis much larger; and as Escape2ski likes to say “it’s bigger than you think.” The ski area lists two official bowls, the East and West Bowl, but an argument could be made that it has four bowls if you count the two unofficial bowls as well. If your ski or snowboard level at a high-intermediate to advanced level, take the short 15-minute hike with skis or snowboard on your shoulder (there’s no lift service) to Pittman’s Ridge. From here you will gain an additional 156ft/48m of vertical drop, plus enjoy an almost 360-degree view of the valley and Young Bay.

On the Slopes

  • Eaglecrest Ski Area has a very good mix of terrain and offers something for every type of skier or snowboarder. If you are looking for a challenge, over 40% of the mountain features intermediate and expert terrain. The Ptarmigan Chair will take you to the Eagle’s Nest, and from here, there is a good selection of black diamond runs to choose from, plus some nice options – Hillary’s or Raven – for the intermediate skier.
  • If you are new to skiing or snowboarding, there is a dedicated learning area just outside the lodge with four runs serviced by the Porcupine Chair.
  • The Hooter Chairlift area is home to the only Terrain Park at the Eaglecrest Ski Area. The terrain park provides a good mix of rails, boxes and jumps to keep the adrenaline flowing.
  • At the base area, you will find the Eaglecrest Lodge, which has various amenities, including the Eaglecrest Grill and the Porcupine Lodge. You will also find equipment rentals, a full-service repair shop, snow school, and a retail shop with items such as goggles, gloves and logo wear.
  • Eaglecrest Ski Area has a dedicated team of professional instructors that are available to help get you started skiing or snowboarding, and they are also there to help you improve your current skill set. Various programs and lessons are available, including private lessons, Adult and Youth and group lessons, programs for children as young as three, and specialty workshops and Adaptive Snow Sports programs.

Off the Slopes

  • Eaglecrest Ski Area does not offer any slope-side accommodation; however, there is no shortage of accommodation options in Juneau and its surrounding suburbs. Depending on your needs, you’ll find hotels, motels, Inns, B&B’s and more, all situated just a short distance from the mountain.
  • Make sure you check out historic Franklin Street, which in the early 1900’s was the centre of the cities’ business district. Today you will discover one of the best shopping areas to find that perfect souvenir of your trip, plus great restaurants and authentic bars.
  • When you plan a ski trip to Eaglecrest and the Juneau area, make sure to take some time away from the slopes to see some of the amazing sites, such as the Mendenhall Glacier, which is 13.6mi/22km long and located in Mendenhall Valley, about 12mi/20km from downtown Juneau.
  • Why not visit Eaglecrest Ski Area for more than just skiing and snowboarding. Spend the day Nordic skiing on the approximate 8km/5mi of upper or lower Nordic Trail network. Lessons are available.
  • Throughout the winter season, on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays you can catch the Snow Bus to the mountain. The bus operates at various times throughout the day at various pick-up locations around Juneau. Note, cash only unless you purchase a bus pass from the Eaglecrest Ski Area ticket window.

On the Slopes

Off the Slopes

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1620 ft / 494 m

Base Elevation:
1130 ft / 344 m

Summit Elevation:
2750 ft / 838 m

Skiable Area:
640 acres

Average Snowfall:
350 in / 889 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 36

Beginner: 12 (33%)

Intermediate: 15 (42%)

Advanced: 8 (22%)

Expert: 1 (3%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Juneau AK, 20mi / 33km

Nearest Major City:
Juneau AK, 12mi / 20km

Nearest Town/City:
Juneau AK, 12mi / 20km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 2 to Apr 8

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: M, Th, F, Sa, Su

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 4

Double Chairs: 4


Mountainside: No

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Juneau Intl Airport  (JNU)
Distance: 20 mi / 33 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: Not Applicable

Direct Phone: 907-790-2000

Snow Phone: 907-586-5330

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map

Ski Resort Shuttle