Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska developed a twenty year master plan that identified multi-season recreation opportunities to provide enjoyment and healthful activity to Juneau and its visitors, while maintaining and enhancing the qualities for which Eaglecrest is highly-valued.
Located on Douglas Island just 12 miles from downtown, Eaglecrest is Juneau’s community owned ski area with 4 chairlifts, and over 640 acres of skiable terrain. The area currently includes a professionally staffed Snow Sports School, a full-service Rental and Repair Shop, the Eaglecrest Grill, and 6 kilometers of groomed Nordic Trails. Eaglecrest has between 50,000-60,000 skier visits each winter season. Current summer uses include a commercial zip line, service as a staging area for commercial bike tours, and use by community residents for hiking and other recreation.
The Eaglecest Master Plan identifies new and enhanced multi-season recreation and commercial uses that are potentially feasible for the area, will increase resident and visitor use of the area, and meet the community’s vision for compatible uses at the mountain. The draft plan also includes criteria to guide the Eaglecrest Board of Director’s decisions about priority projects for the ski area to pursue, and how to respond to any recreation and commercial uses that may be proposed for the area in the future. The community’s opinions about how Eaglecrest should be developed in the future were obtained through a telephone survey of 450 Juneau households, an on-line survey open to the full community, and emailed/written comments submitted during the planning process.
The master plan will guide Eaglecrest’s development and decision-making through 2030, with an update every five years.
Master Plan Process
The Eaglecrest Master Plan process began in September 2011 and was completed in April 2012. Key elements of the planning process included:
Market Research – Identify multi-season uses and activities that could make financial sense for Eaglecrest, based on market analysis and considering uses that have been successful at other ski areas and mountain resorts.
Site Suitability Analysis – Analyze the Eaglecrest site for its potential for different types of multi-season uses and activities.
Public Involvement – Invite the community to express their views about future uses and activities at Eaglecrest – through a random telephone survey of Juneau households, open-access web survey, public meetings and other comment opportunities.
Master Plan Development – Develop a plan for Eaglecrest Board and CBJ approval that will:
- Update Eaglecrest’s mission, goals and objectives through 2030.
- Identify multi-season uses and activites that are potentially feasible for the site, make economic sense for Eaglecest and are compatible with the community’s values for the area.
- Outline a phased implementation approach, to move Eaglecrest forward with development and promotion of the recreation and commercial uses identified through the planning process.
- Include criteria to guide the Eaglecrest Board’s consideration of the compatibility of any future proposals to use or further develop the area.
Eaglecrest Proposed Trails Distance Table
Trails are listed in order of priority
Trail Name Trail Type Length in Ft. Trail Width
Traverse Trail Summer road to Hooter Multipurpose 1102 96”
Pittman’s Ridge Trail Loop Hiking 2527 18″ to 24″
Log Jam Trail Hiking 1871 18” to24″
Sourdough Mountain Bike Trail Mountain Bike 5280 18″ to 48″
Stephens Passage Overlook Hiking 770 18″ to 24″
Traverse Trail Hooter to Cropley Lake Multipurpose 4658 60”
Dick’s Lake Trail Hiking 1090 18”
Heavenly Valley Overlook Hiking 1585 18″
Estimated total trail distances 18883