Photo: Bunny and bonnet

Posted: Monday, April 17, 2006

Willette Janes visits with the Easter Bunny while viewing the Easter Bonnet contest at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday. Janes won for Most Flirtatious. Sunday was the last day of the season for Eaglecrest.

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A shorter season at the Eaglecrest Ski Area didn't chill enthusiasm on the slopes, the general manager said Sunday night.

Kirk Duncan said Eaglecrest recorded more business in 2006 than it did in 2005.

"The opening was the biggest that we've ever got before, and it just kept going," he said.

He said the ski area probably broke 50,000 visits this season in 58 days compared with about 46,000 visits in the 79-day 2005 season. Duncan cited marketing and better grooming of the slopes for some of the credit for the successful season.

Sunday, the mountain was open until 5 p.m., an hour later than usual, and there were still people hanging out having a good time.

Eaglecrest is not just looking for next winter's snows, but to develop more year-round activities, including a zipline opening this summer.

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