Eaglecrest Ski Area will reopen Saturday.
Snow is thin and some trails are closed to all but experts, but officials today decided there's enough white stuff on the slopes to let skiers and snowboarders give it a try.
Eaglecrest Business Manager Gary Mendivil said staffers are making snow to supplement what nature provides. Snow-making equipment only works when temperatures are low.
"The temperatures just got cold last night so they'll probably be making snow on the mountain until the temperatures warm up again," he said.
Eaglecrest opened for a short time around New Year's Day, but closed when rain and warm weather melted much of the snow. The area's Platter Pull lift, at the beginners' hill, has been open for free the past three weekends.
All three lifts Platter Pull, Ptarmigan and Hooter will be open starting Saturday, Mendivil said.
"Some trails may be closed and the west and center part of the mountain are currently rated as double black diamond in difficulty," he said. Double black diamond means experts only.
Lack of snow led Eaglecrest's board this week to announce refunds or credits for season-pass holders. Skiers and boarders can return the pass before the ski area reopens and get a 75 percent refund. Or they can keep the pass to use until the end of the ski season and receive a 40 percent refund.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 586-5284, 790-2000 or check www.skijuneau.com.
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