Early season cross country skiing: Volunteer early season grooming of local ski trails began this week at Eaglecrest Ski Area, a service provided courtesy of Trail Mix, the Juneau Nordic Ski Club, and the Juneau Snowmobile Club. The local nonprofits groom the trails for use by locals before the ski area officially opens; after lifts begin to run, Eaglecrest staff takes over trail grooming and maintenance.
Jack Kreinheder, a JNSC grooming volunteer and a Trail Mix and JSC board member, has spent the past week on the trails. Here's his report on the latest conditions.
“I have been grooming the Eaglecrest Lower Loop for classic skiing since Sunday,” Kreinheder said in an email. “Last grooming was Thursday, with daily grooming for classic skiing as needed through the weekend. There is over 3 feet of snow on the Lower Loop and the skiing conditions are excellent.
“As of Thursday, the Mendenhall Campground is groomed for both skate and classic skiing.”
However, the ice on the lake is thin and unsafe for skiing, he said.
For the latest grooming updates, or to find out more about the Nordic Ski Club’s volunteer program, visit www.jnski.org.
Avalanche warning for hikers: The Eaglecrest website urged hikers to use caution within the ski area boundary, reporting avalanche danger to be “considerable to high.” For more, see www.juneau.org/ecrestftp.
The city website reported similar conditions on Mount Juneau; avalanche danger was reported to be in the high (red) range as of Thursday.
“With lots of new snow in the last week and rapid windloading, avalanche danger is high. Slides are not expected to be large enough to affect the urban areas yet are a concern for backcountry users,” the report said.
For more, see www.juneau.org/avalanche.