Eaglecrest Ski Area on Friday lost the final round of Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown to Crested Butte by less than 100 votes.
It was a “nail-biter” of a day, with Eaglecrest several hundred votes ahead in the morning. Crested Butte then took a 200-vote lead later in the day. Eaglecrest narrowed the margin as voting drew to a close, losing by just 93 votes.
The final tally was 17,156 to 17,063.
“It was so close. All of us were glued to our computers, watching the vote,” said Eaglecrest Sales and Marketing Director Jeffra Clough, after the vote ended at 4 p.m. Friday. She thanked the community for its support.
“We’re not looking at it that we’re losers,” she said. “We’re all winners in this. It’s been a great ride, and so many more people now know about Eaglecrest and about Juneau. That’s the whole goal, and we’re very happy about it.”
Toward the end the Aurora Project entered the fray, drawing up a T-shirt design celebrating Eaglecrest’s victory to distribute to 200 voters should Eaglecrest win.
Comments on the voting page ranged from mostly friendly “trash talk” to congratulations on each side.
“It was certainly a lively competition! Congratulations to you Crested Butte-ers!” said one Eaglecrest supporter.
“I’m super proud of you, Juneau. You lost by less than 100 votes to a continental US ski resort which probably has had way more people visit it than Eaglecrest. Nice to see such a fervently loyal following to that lovely mountain,” said another.
Shortly after the final vote, Eaglecrest posted on its Facebook page: “Thank you Juneau community and beyond for taking Eaglecrest all the way to Finals. It was quite a ride. Congratulations to Crested Butte Mountain Resort on Ski Town of the Year. Can we go skiing now?”
This weekend Eaglecrest opened Ptarmigan Chairlift. Porcupine Chairlift is already open. Season passes are on sale for $200 off the normal rate ($519 instead of $719) through today in celebration of the Ski Town Throwdown finals.
More information is available at skijuneau.com or Eaglecrest’s Facebook page.