From hiking in the spring and summer to sightseeing in the fall to and skiing in the winter, our adventures seeker’s haven offers a myriad of thrilling activities for everyone to enjoy any time of year. One of our favorite outdoor destinations is the Eaglecrest Ski Area. This bucket list item is situated on Douglas Island, just 12 miles from Silverbow Inn in downtown Juneau, and is open from early December to early April with other special events throughout the year.
When you search for the best things to do in the Last Frontier, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide! You’ll find our top recommendations for the best area attractions, including the Eaglecrest Ski Area, the Mendenhall Glacier, the Glacier Bay National Park, and the Tracy Arm Fjord. Our insider’s guide to Juneau also features the modern guest rooms and relaxing amenities at our boutique hotel!
How to Experience the Eaglecrest Ski Area
The Eaglecrest Ski Area is known as “Juneau’s Winter Playground,” and is a favorite among both locals and visitors alike. Before you hit the slopes, read over our local insights to discover why you should experience the 1,400 of vertical distance of this beloved snow-covered destination for yourself!
How to Get Here
Here in Juneau, many visitors rely on city transportation, taxis, rental cars, and ferries to travel around the city and its surrounding areas. But, if you are visiting us on the weekends, you can catch the Eaglecrest Snow Bus to the Eaglecrest Ski Area for a small fee. This convenient service picks up adventurers like yourself from many spots in downtown Juneau. If you wish to use this service, cash is the only acceptable form of payment, so remember to have some on hand!
The High Season
The Eaglecrest Ski Area offers some the best slopes for you to show off your skiing skills during the winter months. Whether you are a local patron or on vacation, there are a wide variety of pricing options such as season passes or day tickets, which can be bought at the Porcupine Lodge. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience this challenging place!
When you arrive, you’ll be captivated by all the spectacular things to do! Are you new to the world of skiing or simply wish to brush up on your skills? If so, book a lesson with one of the expert instructors. Or, set your own pace and hit the slopes of the 640 acres of skiable terrain! As you head down the mountain, take in the stunning beauty of the glistening white snow reflecting the sun off of it and delight in the valleys below. It’s also the perfect place to inhale the refreshing mountain air and exhale the stress of your daily routine.
After your thrilling adventures, make your way into the warm indoors and order delicious food from the Eaglecrest Grill, which is located on the second of the Day Lodge. While you’re there, we recommend ordering the exclusive Eaglecrest Blend of signature Heritage Coffee, a Juneau favorite. If you wish to indulge in a baked good and delightful latte, treat yourself to the Mountain Lift. Whatever way you decide to refuel, you’re sure to get your fill of authentic Alaskan cuisine!
During the Off Season
During the summer and fall months, the Eaglecrest Ski Area is closed for skiing, but you’ll be delighted by the array of other outdoor adventures waiting for you! In fact, you can create a high-flying adventure with the Alaska Zipline Adventures that rents the area during this time. Or, set your own pace by hiking or biking down any of these trails!
- Eaglecrest Lodge
- Bottom of Ptarmigan Chair
- Phase 1 start of Sourdough MBT
- Bottom of Black Bear Chair
- Art’s Bench
- Black Bear Access Trail
- Top of Inside Passage Trail
- Top of the Throat
- The “Y” in Easy Bowl
- Eagle’s Nest/Top of Ptarmigan
- Top of Black Bear Chair
- Pittman’s Ridge Loop
If you wish to see this place in a different way, take a scenic drive in your rental car through this paradise, or we also recommend planning a wildlife watching visit.
Relax at Silverbow Inn
Once you immerse yourself in the year-round beauty of the Eaglecrest Ski Area, bring your camera full of photos and remarkable stories back with you to Silverbow Inn. Whether you are planning a couple’s trip, family vacation, or friend’s weekend, we offer the most comfortable places to stay in Juneau and can’t wait to host you this year. We invite you to browse our contemporary collection of accommodations and reserve the ideal one for your getaway. If you wish to enhance your time even more in Juneau, book one of our adventurous specials and packages. Each of these delightful extras is designed to teach you more about the surrounding nature of the Last Frontier. Book your getaway, grab your favorite drink, and relax each night in our wonderful rooftop hot tub!