Eaglecrest to host public master planning meeting

Eaglecrest Ski Area is developing a master plan to guide development of the area over the next 20 years. The plan will identify winter and summer recreation and commercial uses that are potentially feasible for the area and meet the community’s vision for compatible uses of the mountain.

An Eaglecrest Master Plan public meeting will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Centennial Hall in Ballroom No. 1. The public is also invited to participate in an on-line community survey on Eaglecrest’s website www.skijuneau.com.

“We believe this pro-active planning effort is a critical first step for Eaglecrest as we consider how to make the ski area an even more valuable asset for our community. Public input is an essential part of this process,” said Mike Stanley, Chair of the Eaglecrest Board of Directors Policy and Planning Committee.

The public is invited to share ideas about Eaglecrest’s future. In addition to public discussion, the consultant team will present the results of preliminary research and analysis, examples of multi-season and commercial uses that have been successful at other ski areas, and results of a telephone survey of Juneau households.

The online survey invites public input on topics ranging from lodge expansion and new recreational amenities such as skiing, hiking and biking trails, bike skills and ski terrain parks, and cabins — to summer commercial uses to generate revenue, motorized use and food and beverage services. The online survey will be available until the end of November. Public comments can also be emailed to directly to janc@gci.net.

The Master Plan is being prepared by a consulting team including Juneau’s McDowell Group, SE Group, an international ski area planning firm, and Jan Caulfield Consulting, also of Juneau.

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