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Eaglecrest weekend features torch parade; Haines snowmachine race this weekend; Fly fishing workshop offered

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002

Eaglecrest weekend features torch parade

JUNEAU -- Eaglecrest Ski Area will present its Discover Eaglecrest weekend highlighted by a scavenger hunt and a torchlight parade commemorating the Olympic torch coming to Juneau.

The scavenger hunt will be Saturday, open to all ages of skiers and snowboarders. Scavenger teams are asked to meet at the bottom of the Hooter chairlift at 1 p.m. The scavenger hunt will incorporate aspects of ski safety and also the history of Eaglecrest.

Sunday will feature a torchlight parade at 5:15 p.m., which will be more elaborate than Eaglecrest's traditional Christmas parade. In addition, Eaglecrest will be offering ski snacks prior to the torchlight parade and a video highlighting the Olympic spirit.

The Discover Eaglecrest weekend ends Monday with a special adult "explore the mountain" workshop. For more information, contact the Eaglecrest Ski School at 790-2001.

Haines snowmachine race this weekend

JUNEAU -- The 33rd Annual Alcan 200 International Snowmachine Race and related events take place in Haines this weekend.

Driver registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Fog Cutter bar, followed by a Calcutta auction at 7 p.m.

The race to Dezadeash Lake and back starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mile 42 Haines Highway. Organizer Diana Lapham said an average of 45 snowmobilers participate, most from Alaska and the Yukon Territory.

Snow is forecast, but at least part of the route, which is the Haines Highway, is covered with ice. That's a change from the usual packed snow and open pavement, Lapham said.

"If that stays on the road, it will make for a very different race," she said.

The race usually takes until 1 or 2 p.m. First prize overall is $2,000, second is $1,000 and third is $500. There are also prizes for class winners. Entry fee is $200 for racers and $25 for mechanics.

The race will be followed by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, with results and awards.

Oval races are also scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Mile 25 Haines Highway.

For more information, call Lapham at (907) 766-2503 or the Haines Convention and Visitors Bureau at (907) 766-2234. The sponsor is Alaska Power and Telephone.

Fly fishing workshop offered

JUNEAU -- A Fly Fishing 101 workshop, which has introduced many to the sport of fly fishing over the past several years, is being offered again.

The workshop is designed for anyone considering the sport or for any one new to Juneau who wants to know how to fly fish roadside waters, said Tony Soltys, a local fly fisherman. The workshop covers rods, reels, lines, leaders, knots, flies and related equipment appropriate to Juneau.

Fly-casting theory and how to fish local roadside waters is covered. An unbiased evaluation of present equipment is also available. The workshop will be held at Dryden Middle School from 7 to 9 p.m. on three Wednesdays: Jan. 23 and 30, and Feb. 6. Call Community Schools, 463-1717, to enroll.

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