With at least 7 inches of snow falling at the base area Tuesday morning, Eaglecrest Ski Area General Manager Kirk Duncan said the lower lift could open this weekend.
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"We're optimistic we can get Hooter lift open on Saturday, and Ptarmigan open shortly thereafter," Duncan said late Tuesday.
Skiers and riders can check the Web at (www.juneau.org/eaglecrest) for updates.
The staff will decide by 2 p.m. Friday whether to open Saturday morning, Duncan said.
Either way, the base lodge will be open this weekend for food service and store purchases. Season pass-holders also will be able to get their pictures taken for passes. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The National Weather Service called for snow accumulation today, with snow levels at 900 feet tonight.