Eaglecrest in Elite Eight

Eaglecrest Ski Area defeated Red Mountain Resort, B.C. in Monday and Tuesday’s “Sweet Sixteen” of Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown. Now it’s on to the two-day round against Revelstoke, B.C. — already.

The “Elite Eight” competition began Wednesday morning and will continue until 11 p.m. Thursday night, Alaska time. As with the previous round, participants may vote once per day. All voting is on Facebook.

The winner of this round becomes the “Great White North” champion and will compete against the “Big East” champion on Dec. 2 and 3, said Eaglecrest Sales and Marketing Director Jeffra Clough. The Big East champion will be either Mount Bohemia, Michigan or Mad River Glen, Vermont.

“It’s pretty exciting. I just voted myself, and it looks like we’re ahead right now … we’re just kind of hoping that the momentum carries on,” Clough said. “We’re excited to get the word out for everybody to keep on voting.”

As of around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Eaglecrest was ahead 714 to 403.

“Eaglecrest Ski Area fans are already helping Eaglecrest and Juneau take the lead this morning! Let’s keep it up!” said Eaglecrest’s Facebook page.

The page called the Sweet Sixteen a “neck and neck” race. At times in the voting, Red Mountain was ahead, or the scores were very close.

The final count in Monday and Tuesday’s “Sweet Sixteen” competition against Red Mountain was 4805 to 4593.

Eaglecrest fans have voted it all the way to the Elite Eight from an initial round of 64. It’s the first year for the ski area to be in the competition.

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