Eaglecrest pulled ahead in a neck and neck round two of Powder Magazine’s “Ski Town Throwdown” to defeat its competitor, Mount Washington in British Columbia, by 130 votes.
The final tally was 4024 to 3894.
Many voters were following the Facebook voting war up to the final moment, with multiple comments within the minutes leading up to and immediately after the 11 p.m. Alaska time final count.
“WE WIN!” said one. Others called Eaglecrest “the best (ski area, little mountain…) on the planet.”
Eaglecrest more than doubled the number of votes it received in the first round of voting. Over the course of the day, it went from several “tied” screenshots the ski area posted on its Facebook page to, an hour before the deadline, a lead of just under 50 votes — around 3695 for Eaglecrest to 3646 for Mount Washington.
“Mount Washington definitely has the support of the community as well. It was head to head — it was a close battle. The battle of the islands,” said Eaglecrest Sales and Marketing Director Jeffra Clough. “It was definitely a nail-biter at times.”
With its round two win, Eaglecrest will enter the “Sweet 16.”
“It’s not just about Eaglecrest; it’s about Juneau, and we all know Juneau is an awesome community,” Clough said. “It’s fun to tell the world.”
In the next round, Eaglecrest will take on the 2013 Champion: Red Mountain, British Columbia.
Voting begins Monday, Nov. 18 at 6 a.m. Pacific time. It ends at midnight Pacific time on Tuesday, Nov. 19. People can vote once per day.
Clough said Eaglecrest will be crafting a strategy to get the word out to the community and supporters in the ski industry. Clough said people can stay updated at www.skijuneau.com and Eaglecrest’s Facebook page.