Mountain Safety2018-03-10T12:28:24+00:00

Mountain Safety

When Eaglecrest is closed, you are using the area at your own risk and assume all responsibility. You may encounter grooming equipment including Snowcats, Winch cats and snowmobiles at any time.

No uphill traffic is permitted when avalanche hazard control work is in progress.

Be Aware!

Responsibility Code

At any given moment, a ski area might have alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized Snowsport equipment. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing. These risks can be greatly reduced by common sense and personal awareness. Read the code and share with other skiers for a great skiing experience

  1. Stay in control
  2. People ahead have the right of way
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others
  4. When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield
  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
  6. Observe signs and warnings, keep off of closed trails
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely

Terrain Park Safety

Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuverability and landing.

  1. Look before you leap! Look around jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of landing area
  2. Easy style it! Start small and work your way up. Inverted aerials are not recommended
  3. Respect gets respect, from the lift line throughout the mountain 

Responsible Chairlift Use

To safely use the chairlifts, always remember:

  • Ask the lift attendant for help is needed. Smallest kids load closest to attendant
  • Remove and carry packs
  • It’s okay to miss a chair and wait for the next one
  • Do not use phones or handheld technology while loading or unloading
  • If something is dropped, let it fall. Any dropped item can be retrieved later
  • Absolutely NO horseplay on the lifts

Deep Snow and Tree Well Safety

What is a tree well?

A tree well is a void or depression that forms around the base of a tree can and contain a mix of low hanging branches, loose snow and air. Evergreen trees in

particular (fir, hemlock, etc) can have large, deep tree wells that form when low hanging branches block snow from filling in and consolidating around the base of the tree. These voids can be hidden from view by the tree’s low hanging branches.

There is no easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by sight therefore, treat all tree wells as dangerous.

In simple terms, a tree well is a hole or void in the deep snow, which is clearly marked by a tree. You can easily identify and avoid these areas.

For more detailed information please visit:

Risk of Avalanche

While snow safety and avalanche mitigation efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides may occur at ski areas, both inside and outside of the posted boundaries.  Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of snow and it’s accumulation on steep, mountainous terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness.  Visit htt:// or contact the Eaglecrest Ski Patrol for further information on the risks and prevention of avalanche-related injuries or death.

Backcountry Access

Beyond the ski area boundary is considered backcountry terrain. There are no Ski Patrol Services or avalanche hazard reduction measures in this terrain.

If you choose to venture beyond the ski area boundary, you are solely responsible for your decisions, safety and welfare.

You may encounter avalanches, unmarked terrain hazards, disorienting terrain and abrupt changes in weather.

Be Prepared!

Backcountry Checklist – Do you have what you need?

  • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe and are skilled in it’s use
  • Avalanche awareness training and backcountry travel skills
  • Partners who are properly trained and equipped
  • Practiced companion/self-rescue skills
  • Knowledge of the current snowpack structure
  • The current weather forecast (snowfall, winds, temperature, visibility)
  • A plan, someone who knows where you are going and when you plan to return

Video: Know Before you Go!

Easy Searcher Beacon Park

The Easy Searcher Beacon Park is designed to be an educational tool for winter recreational use to practice avalanche transceiver search skills. The park is self-service and is open to the public. Users select the complexity of the search and can choose from one to six beacons.

The Easy Searcher was funded by a generous grant by Alaska Search and Rescue Association through Juneau Mountain Rescue. Juneau Ski Patrol, Alaska SeaDogs and Eaglecrest are partners with JMR in additional funding and maintenance of the beacon park.

The Park is located in the meadow to the left of Raven run out above Log Jam

Beacon Park Instructions:

You will need an avalanche trasceiver (457kHz) and an avalanche probe

  1. Choose your level of difficulty
    • Easy (1-2 targets)
    • Medium (2-4 targets)
    • Expert (3-6 targets)
  2. Activate the control unit, creating a random pattern of targets according to the difficulty level
  3. Search with your transceiver and probe for the targets buried in the snow. Bamboo poles define the search area
  4. Hit the target with the probe. The light and horn above the control panel will confirm the strike. All active targets will continue to transmit until the last one is hit.
  5. When all targets are found, the light and horn will go off three times and the control unit will show search times

Please to do not dig up the search targets as they do not contain conventional transceivers

Eaglecrest Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Eaglecrest Ski Area prohibits the the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems or drones by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from management.

This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operation above or within Eaglecrest boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Eaglecrest property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Eaglecrest boundaries.

Please contact General Manager David Scanlan if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, as well as those policies separately established by Eaglecrest, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements and waivers or releases of liability

Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees

Uphill Traffic Policy

When Eaglecrest is operating, uphill traffic is restricted to three routes for accessing adjacent backcountry areas. Pay careful attention to your surroundings you are traveling against the normal traffic flow. Dogs are not permitted.
Uphill access is not permitted on any other trails.

Route 1.   East Side of Eaglecrest

From the Base follow skier’s right (looker’s left) side of tree line to bottom of Trickster. Ascend Trickster on skier’s right side to access, Hilda meadows upper cross country loop and Mt Troy areas. No uphill access permitted above Base of Black Bear Chair.

Route 2. West side of Eaglecrest

From the Base follow skier’s left (looker’s right) side of tree line to bottom of Ptarmigan Chair. Ascend Log Jam on skier’s left side to access Cropley Lake. No uphill access permitted above Beacon Park.

Route 3.  Porcupine Learning Area

From the lodge follow skier’s right side (looker’s left) of Muskeg to access Mt. Stewart backcountry.

Uphill Routes

When Eaglecrest is closed, you are using the area at your own risk and assume all responsibility. You may encounter at any time grooming equipment including, snow cats, winch cat cables, snow machines.

No uphill traffic permitted when avalanche hazard control work is in progress!

Dog Policy:

During Eaglecrest operational hours, no dogs are allowed on any groomed trail or uphill route, including Nordic trails.


Updated: 04/10/2018 01:00 pm1,130ft2,198ft
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Current Snow Depth - 2,594ft: 0'' Total Snow to Date: 206.1"

Bowl Status

Pittman Ridge: CLOSED
West Bowl: CLOSED
East Bowl Chutes: CLOSED

Lift Status

Porcupine Chairlift: CLOSED
Hooter Chairlift: CLOSED
Ptarmigan Chairlift: CLOSED
Black Bear Chairlift: CLOSED

Updates from the Mountain

All good things eventually have to come to an end and the ski season is no exception. Eaglecrest is now closed for the 2017-2018 season. We would like to thank the entire community for a good season and your ongoing support this winter. Enjoy your spring/summer and we hope to see you back on the mountain soon!

Hikers are urged to use caution as you may encounter snow cats, snow mobiles and other machinery on the mountain at any time.