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New ski patrol shed built at Eaglecrest

Posted: August 22, 2013 - 12:11am
John Wright and Anne Wilcock carry an unused beam away from a new storage building under construction at the top of Eaglecrest on Wednesday. The building will be used to house materials used by ski patrol personnel.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
John Wright and Anne Wilcock carry an unused beam away from a new storage building under construction at the top of Eaglecrest on Wednesday. The building will be used to house materials used by ski patrol personnel.

You might spy a small change in scenery atop Eaglecrest Ski Area, near the Eagle’s Nest. A 10-foot by 10-foot spruce shed was finished at the site last week, Eaglecrest spokeswoman Jeffra Clough said.

The shed is a replacement for one that stood on the same spot since 1975, when the ski area opened, she said. The new building is a welcome replacement; the previous shed was falling down and unusable, Clough said.

The structure will be used by Eaglecrest’s paid and volunteer ski patrol staff, and will not be open to the public. It will house fencing, signs, ropes, toboggans and other gear for use by patrollers.

“It’s just going to make patrol be able to do their job better,” Clough said. “They don’t have a whole lot of storage up in the mountains.”

Eaglecrest staff started building the shed about a month ago, Clough said. It was built with local lumber, provided by Hoonah’s Icy Straits Lumber and Milling. The project cost about $5,000 and came out of Eaglecrest’s general operating fund.

“People will notice it; it’s a very nice-looking building,” Clough said.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com.

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