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After four years of planning and construction, the highly anticipated Black Bear Chairlift has opened on the east side of the Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska. The lift will operate every weekend and holiday through the end of the ski season.
With a length of 4,120 feet and a vertical rise of 1,000 feet, the new lift gives skiers easier access to Eaglecrest’s East Bowl Chutes, while also adding two intermediate runs: Marmot and Vertigo. There are currently four chairlifts, including one beginner lift, that allow access to 31 runs on Eaglecrest’s 640 acres of slopes with vertical drops of as much as 1,000-feet.
The community-owned ski area in Juneau is located on Douglas Island, about 12 miles from downtown. Funding for the lift was provided by a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation as well as an $800,000 ballot measure approved by the residents of Juneau. Eaglecrest was also required to raise an additional $100,000 in order to obtain the funding but raised more than $225,000 in total.
Eaglecreast’s ridges are also perfect for hikers, offering a variety of natural terrains. The Juneau area also features a PSIA/AASI-certified Snowsports School, Rental & Repair Shop and miles of Nordic trails perfect for classic or skate skiing.
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