Sports in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2004


• Juneau-Douglas High School football meeting - Parents of all potential 2004 Crimson Bears (including rising eighth graders) should meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Commons. Rules, registration information, a schedule and fund-raising requirements will be discussed. Info: Karen lawfer, 723-2123.



Saturday-Today, March 13-14

• Eaglecrest Ski Area - 23rd Annual Learn to Ski Weekend: Free ski passes were made available to 45 youngsters in grades 3-5 who have never skied before (deadline to apply for pass was Tuesday, March 9). Also this weekend is "Gals Get Up & Go" from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, where women can explore Eaglecrest with other women of their ability for just $10, and "Avalanche Education Day" where Patti Burnett will bring avalanche dog Sandy for demonstrations. Burnett will be at the Nugget Mall location of Hearthside Books from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday signing copies of her book. Also, every Sunday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. a public race course is available on Ego for skiers wanting to run some slalom gates. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2001, or on the Web at

Saturday-Sunday, March 20-21

• Eaglecrest Ski Area - UAS Winter Games: This event is open to the general public with pre-registration. Events include a giant slalom race on Lower Hilary's Run at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, a slopestyle competition at the Terrain Park at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nordic skate and classical races on the Lower Loop course at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, a team race (four-person teams with one Telemark skier, one alpine skier, one snowboarder and one wildcard person, with bonus points for costumes) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, and a chili feed and awards ceremony with live music at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2001, or on the Web at



• Gastineau Channel Little League baseball tryouts - Tryouts for the 2004 season take place Saturday through Monday, March 13-15, at the Marie Drake gym. All players must try out, unless they are returning to a Majors or Seniors team. Tryouts on Saturday are 9:30 a.m. for age 9, 10:30 a.m. for age 10, 11:30 a.m. for age 11, 12:30 a.m. for age 12, 2 p.m. for age 13, 3 p.m. for age 14, and 4 p.m. for ages 15 and 16. On Sunday, the times are 1:15 p.m. for ages 9 and 10, 2 p.m. for ages 11 and 12, 2:45 p.m. for ages 13 and 14, and 3:15 p.m. for ages 15 and 16. On Monday, a session takes place at 6:30 p.m. for any players ages 9 or 10 who weren't able to try out on Saturday or Sunday. Info: GCLL Hotline, 789-9803, or on the Web at

• Juneau-Douglas Ice Association skating skills class registration - The JDIA's next registration sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon and from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, at the Treadwell Arena in Douglas. Basic skating skills classes are offered for ages 4-older, and there also are pre-hockey skating classes for ages 4-6. Info: Ken Collison, 790-2763.

• Buckwheat Ski Classic - Registration forms are available in Juneau at Foggy Mountain Shop for this annual event that takes place in Skagway on Saturday, March 27. Events include 10-kilometer, 25K and 50K ski races, a 5K kids' race and a 5K snowshoe sprint. The registration deadline is Monday, March 15. Info: Foggy Mountain Shop, 586-6780, or on the Web at



• Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Youth open gyms are free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Adult volleyball/basketball open gyms - Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Cost is $4 and open gym is limited to adults (age 18-older) only. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Mount Jumbo Gym preschool open gym - This Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation program is open from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 909 Fourth Street in Douglas for children ages 1-6 and their parents or caregivers. A ratio of four children to one adult must be met. Balls, mats, trikes, scooters, large building blocks, parachutes and a Little Tykes climber system will be available for use. There is a $1 per child per day charge (please no bills larger than $20). Punchcards are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, 586-5226, or by e-mail at

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - Climbing wall hours are 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3-9 p.m. on Fridays. The climbing wall can be used by people of all ages. Climbers age 20-younger climb free, while adults 21-older pay $5 to use the wall. Youth-adult interaction is encouraged, so an adult climbing with a youth pays no fee. Private rental times are available for $25 per hour. Info and scheduling: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.

• Treadwell Arena programs - The ice arena is open seven days a week with a variety of public open skates, youth open skates, pond hockey and rental times available (see Treadwell Arena Web site for details). The rink is closed for ice maintenance from 7:45-10:45 a.m. on Mondays and from 7:45 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Fees for open skates are $4 adults, $3 youths (age 17-younger) and $2 seniors (age 65-older). Fees for pond hockey are $5 adults, $4 youths and $3 seniors. Skate rental is $2 for adults and youths, and $1.90 for seniors. Passes are available for open skates, pond hockey and skate rental. Facility rental is $150 an hour. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or check on the Web at

• Eaglecrest Ski Area nordic ski lessons - Nordic ski lessons are available through the Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School. A 2-hour learn-to-classic-ski lesson or a learn-to-skate-ski lesson costs $17 each, while 2-hour intermediate and advanced clinics cost $20. Learn-to-Telemark-ski lessons are $17 and include and all-day surface lift ticket, while 2-hour intermediate and advanced classes cost $20. During the month of February, the Telemark series takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays and costs $30 or $48 with a lift ticket. Info: Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School, 790-2001.

• Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Sessions are held from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays and most Fridays at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Check for updated schedules. Open to players 18 and older; cost is $5 per session. Contact: Pat Race, 586-3440.

• Open badminton gyms - Meet from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and 7-10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Auke Bay Elementary School gym, or from 7- 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gastineau Elementary School gym in Douglas. Auke Bay gyms open to adults and teens; Gastineau gyms open to all ages. $3 fee per session. All abilities welcomed, bring a racquet if you own one. Info: Auke Bay: Theresa Walden, 790-2499; Gastineau: Jag Yellesetty, 586-3598 or

• Gastineau Channel Little League baseball open gyms - GCLL baseball open gyms for kids ages 8-12 will be held at Auke Bay School from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Feb. 21. Bring tennis shoes and a baseball mitt. Info: Lisa Baker, 789-4486.

• Juneau Nordic Ski Club - The latest ski reports for local nordic skiers can be found on the club's Web site,

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Wednesday and Saturday hikes - For updates on locations of Wednesday and Saturday group hikes, call the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline. Always remember to bring plenty of food and water, wear warm layers of clothing and proper footwear for the hike. No dogs or firearms are allowed. Wednesday hikes are limited to hikers 18 years of age or older. Saturday hikes are open to families, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline, 586-0428.

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