The status of Alaska ski areas include:
Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau: Platter, Ptarmigan and Hooter lifts operate about 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Monday, plus 4-9 p.m. Friday. Tubing hill is open 4-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only.
Eaglecrest is reporting no new snow in the past 72 hours. The base at the day lodge is 59 inches and 179 inches is reported at the top. Snow conditions are hard-packed powder.
Runs groomed today are Easy Bowl, Williwaw, Mother Lode, Sluice Box, Sneaky, Sourdough, Ego, lower Hilary's, Dolly Varden and Muskeg.
The Lower Meadow Loop Nordic trail was trackset today. Call 790-2001 for details.
The ski school offers ski and snowboard lessons beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. when Eaglecrest is open. Call 790-2000 or 586-5284 for details, or go to http://www.juneau.org/eaglecrest. Call 586-5330 for updated snow conditions.
Snowmachine trails, Juneau: Parts of the Dan Moller-Treadwell Ditch trail system above West Juneau and the Lake Creek Trail off Back Loop Road are open to snowmachine and ATV use as long as snow cover allows. Call the U.S. Forest Service, 586-8800, for details.
Nordic ski trails, Juneau: Cross-country ski trails at the Mendenhall Campground and Dredge Lake area are frozen. Skate skiing is hard and bumpy and classic ski tracks are hard and fast. For updates, check http:// home.gci.net/ ~jnordski/. The Eagle Beach State Recreation Area trail is set occasionally and can be used if skiers avoid construction equipment working in the area. On Wednesday, it was hard and crusty.
Ice skating, Juneau: The city floods part of Melvin Park, off Riverside Drive in the Mendenhall Valley, for skating when weather permits. Lights are on 4-11 p.m. Ice was hard on Twin Lakes today and skaters were playing hockey.
Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska: Reporting no new snow, with 40 inches at the base and 180 inches at the top. Details: call (907) 754-7669 or check the Web at http://www.alyeskaresort.com.a