Eaglecrest defeated Whistler Blackcomb on Monday in Powder Magazine’s “Ski Town Throwdown” and will move on to compete against Mount Washington in British Columbia on Thursday, Nov. 7.
“We’re very excited,” said Jeffra Clough, Eaglecrest’s sales and marketing director. “We want to thank the entire community for supporting this and getting out there and voting for us on the 28th. It was very cool to watch it. We all believe that Eaglecrest is an amazing place, and it was great to see so many supporters also agree with us.”
It’s to that community support that Clough attributes what she acknowledges is a surprising win. Eaglecrest has almost 1,800 “likes” on Facebook. Whistler has almost 155,000. The contest is a Facebook-based voting war.
“Whistler Blackcomb is so much bigger, plus they’re world-reknowned,” she said. “It’s an amazing place, as well. But I think … it just shows that Eaglecrest is just very much a part of our community, and it is a huge community, and we know we had supporters from around the country that voted for us.”
Powder Magazine doesn’t post the final vote, but Clough said the last tally she saw listed was around 1,500 votes for Eaglecrest and around 860 for Whistler Blackcomb.
Whistler Blackcomb posted a message of congratulations on Eaglecrest’s Facebook wall on Tuesday.
“Congratulations on the win in round one of the Powder Magazine Ski Town Throwdown, Eaglecrest Ski Area! Hope you have an awesome winter — let us know if you’d like to come visit Whistler one day to compare notes!” they wrote.
As Alyeska Resort didn’t advance past the first round, Eaglecrest is now the only Alaska ski resort still in the running, Clough said.
“Our goal is to get all the way to the finals — to be the champion,” Clough said. “It’s a lofty goal; there’s a long way to go, and we certainly need a lot of help from the community to get us there, but we’re looking forward to the vote on November 7th.”
As with the previous round, voting takes place on Powder Magazine’s Facebook page.