Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska taking it to the snowy slopes

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011

It’s wintery days like these that give Juneauites a good excuse to get up to the mountain and enjoy the fresh powder, and on Saturday, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska will take full advantage of all that a good day of riding has to offer.

The local branch of the nationwide mentoring program will hold its third annual Winter Fun Day at Eaglecrest Ski Area, giving some kids around Juneau the opportunity to ski or snowboard for the first time.

“We just want to get the bigs and littles up to Eaglecrest to learn how to ski or snowboard together,” Eaglecrest Director of Sales and Marketing and Snowsports School Jeffra Clough said. ““Skiing or snowboarding, we believe, is a great thing to do as matches.”

This event can’t be held without a little help from Eaglecrest itself, and the folks at the resort are offering a full-day lift ticket, rentals and a lesson for $19. That price pays for both bigs and littles.

“Each year it gets even more successful,” Clough said. “One of the really exciting things for this year is the fact that we have the Porcupine chair, which has really enhanced our learning experience. Hopefully all the bigs and littles take advantage of it.”

The discounts do not stop, however, after Saturday is over. Little sisters or brothers in the program can ski for free for the rest of the season if their big brother or sister buys a lift ticket at Eaglecrest. They will also be able to rent gear for $10.

“They’ve given us a great deal for this,” Thomas Cramer, an active big brother said. “This is just a great way to introduce this and get everybody up on the mountain. It’s going to be really cool to have everyone out there.”

Cramer said each year the program is trying to get more people involved and taking advantage of the opportunities provided.

“Eaglecrest has been more involved this year. With fifth graders ski for free (5th Grade Passport Program) and things like that. I think they’re really promoting to get kids up there — kids that might not have the chance to normally,” he said. “We sent out the flier last week and we already have 12 matches signed up, and every time I go talk to the kids at school they’re really excited.”

With a mountain like this virtually in the backyard of Juneau residents, Cramer said it’s programs like these that provide a great chance for the youth to enjoy the place in which they live.

“Some of the kids haven’t even been, so just getting them out there and knowing their resources is really cool,” he said.

For more information or to sign up for the event, visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska program website or call (907) 586-3350. Fore more information, interested parties can also contact Cramer at

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