Sports in Juneau

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003


• Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska snowshoeing tryouts - Time trials for runners/snowshoers born in 1984 or later will take place on Friday and Tuesday at the Mendenhall Campground near Skater's Cabin. Friday's tryout is at 3 p.m. and Tuesday's is at 10:30 a.m. Each participant will complete a 2-mile and a 400-meter course for time, and the times will be compared statewide to determine the team. The 2004 Arctic Winter Games take place Feb. 28 through March 6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The cost per athlete is $555 (includes airfare, room and board and uniforms), plus a $70 coaching fee. Please call the time trial organizers to arrange use of snowshoes. Info: Guy Thibodeau, 463-8442, or Merry Ellefson, 586-1692, or on the Web at

• Hilary Lindh Eaglecrest Ski Area Season Pass Scholarship - Applications are being accepted for this year's scholarships, which go to a boy and a girl in grades K-12. The scholarship was established in 1992 after Juneau's Hilary Lindh won an Olympic silver medal in the downhill and serves as a way to help younger Juneau skiers develop their talent. Applications are available at all Juneau schools, at Eaglecrest's downtown office and at the ski area, Foggy Mountain Shoppe and Nugget Alaskan Outfitter. Completed applications are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the Eaglecrest business office in the downtown municipal building. Winners will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 4. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 586-5284 (business office) or 790-2001 (mountain).

• Juneau Adult Hockey Association women's hockey registration - The last day to register for the winter season is Jan. 5, 2004. The winter season starts Jan. 12 and teams play one game a week through mid-April at Treadwell Arena. The registration fee is $125 (players new to JAHA) and $85 (players who competed in the fall 2003 season). The league is limited to 90 women, no late registration. Info: Aurah Landau, 586-6114, or Jan Rumble, 780-2552, or on the Web at



Saturday, Dec. 20

• Juneau Gun Club - Christmas Turkey Shoot: Events take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Juneau Gun Club range on Montana Creek Road. Competition open to 12- and 20-gauge shotguns only. Loaner shotguns are available and ammunition will be provided. Events include a bubble shoot, card shoot, trap shoot and Annie Oakley shoot. Info: Juneau Gun Club hotline, 789-9844.

Saturday, Dec. 20-Sunday, Jan. 4

• Eaglecrest Ski Area Snowflake Festival - Events run Dec. 20 though Jan. 4, and participants age 19-older can enter to win a ski package for two to Alyeska Resort, a round-trip ticket for two on Wings of Alaska or a five-day booklet of lift tickets. Entry forms are available at the Eaglecrest rental/repair shop and the winner will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4. The Christmas tree lighting is at 4 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the day lodge; there are holiday ski/snowboard camps for all ages on Dec. 22, 23, 24 and 26; there are Christmas Eve festivities starting at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve events include a candy cane race and snow painting at 2 p.m., ornament decorating at 3:30 p.m., holiday music at 4:30 p.m., an adult torchlight parade at 5:30 p.m. and a children's torchlight parade at 6 p.m. and Santa arrives at 6:15 p.m. Register for torchlight parades by 1 p.m. at the ski school, 790-2001. Register kids for gifts from Santa before Christmas Eve at the Eaglecrest office, 586-5284, or the ski school, 790-2001); Christmas Eve is the deadline for the Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship for youth skiers grades K-12; Christmas Day lifts open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; more ski/snowboard camps on Dec. 29, 30, 31 and Jan. 2; the Juneau Ski Club's USSA Timberwolf Gifts Race Series giant slalom races on Dec. 28; a New Year's Day brunch from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 1; the start of Mighty-Mites, Wee Ski and Mountain Explorer programs on Jan. 3-4; the announcement of the Snowflake Festival prize drawings and the winners of the Hilary Lindh Scholarship Ski Pass on Jan. 4; and the JSC Alpine Millennium Race Series slalom races on Jan. 4. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 586-5284 downtown office, or 790-2001 on the mountain.



• Juneau 4-H Cross-Country Ski Club - The first meeting for the Juneau 4-H Cross-Country Ski Club takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Riverbend Elementary School Commons. The meeting times are 6-7 p.m. for returning members and 7-8 p.m. for new members. The club is run by Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant and is open for students in grades K-12, but parents are encouraged to ski with their children. The club's first ski session takes place on Jan. 4, 2004, with regular sessions from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays through March 7, 2004, at various locations around Juneau. Ski equipment is available for rent, but people renting equipment must participate in the club. A 4-H membership fee of $6 (good all year for all 4-H clubs) will be charged, and ski equipment can be rented for the season for $50 (with $20 refunded if you participate in seven 4-H ski days, scholarships available based on need). Info: Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant, 586-1453, or the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 465-8749.

• Juneau Alpine Club - Backcountry avalanche skills refresher sessions take place from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the downtown library (classroom session) and the morning of Saturday, Dec. 20, at Eaglecrest Ski Area lodge (field session). Sarah Carter will lead the classroom session and will discuss risk evaluation, equipment, safe travel and rescue. Greg Bledsoe will lead the field session and will lead beacon searches. Bring a probe, avalanche beacon and shovel to the field session, if you have them. Info: Greg Bledsoe, 463-3211.

• Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska indoor soccer tryouts - Southeast tryouts for the various eight-person teams will take place on Thursday, Dec. 18, in Juneau. Those making the team will compete in the 2004 Arctic Winter Games that take place Feb. 28 through March 6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The cost per athlete is $555 (includes airfare, room and board and uniforms), plus a $70 coaching fee. The Juvenile Female (born 1989 or later) tryouts are from 3:45-5 p.m. at Marie Drake gym, while tryouts for Junior Female (born 1987 or later) and Intermediate Female (born 1985 or later) squads are from 2:30-3:45 p.m. at Harborview Elementary. The tryout cost is $10. Information: Kristi West, 364-2824, or on the Web at

• Holiday Cup 2003 indoor soccer tournament - The annual indoor soccer tournament takes place Dec. 20-31, with five coed divisions - Elementary (grades 4-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), Junior (high school, ages 16-younger), Senior (high school-college, ages 17-21) and Masters (ages 22-222). Team rosters were due by Monday, Dec. 1. Electronic versions of the registration packet are available. This cost-free event is sponsored by the law offices of Dillon & Findley and by Juneau Community Schools. Info: Leslie Houston, 364-2657, or by e-mail at

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation 2004 coed volleyball registration - Team manager packets are available at the Parks and Rec office, Room 218 of the municipal building downtown (155 South Seward Street). Team registration takes place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, in Assembly Chambers at the municipal building. Late registration takes place on Friday, Jan. 9, at the Parks and Rec office ($10 late fee charged). Teams will be accepted on a space-available basis only. Team registration information is available on the Web at Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• Women's classic indoor soccer registration - Registration for the upcoming women's classic indoor soccer season is open until Jan. 9. The season begins on Jan. 12. Teams play once a week on Mondays; no experience necessary, older women and new players are welcomed and encouraged. Registration forms are available at the CBJ Parks and Recreation Department office. The program is sponsored by the Capital City Soccer League. Info: Amy, 364-3266 or 586-1070.

• Water safety instructor aide course - This class takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from Jan. 10 through Feb. 21. The course is designed for mature swimmers age 10 and older who have completed at least Level IV of the American Red Cross' Learn to Swim Program. The cost is $39.50 (including tax) payable to CBJ and $8 for a certification fee payable to the American Red Cross. Info: Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool, 586-5325.

• Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska volleyball tryouts - Tryouts have been announced for the Team Alaska squads in volleyball for the Arctic Winter Games that take place Feb. 28 through March 6, 2004, in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Bryan Stenehjem of Anchorage's Dimond High School team will coordinate the two Alaska teams (10 players each born in 1984 or later), while Juneau's Phil McMurray will coach the boys and Liz Hooe of Anchorage will coach the girls. Information on the team tryouts for other sports can be found on the Team Alaska Web site. Info: Volleyball, Bryan Stenehjem, by e-mail at; Team Alaska, John Estle, 1-907-474-4278, by e-mail at, or on the Web at

• HoopTime Basketball registration: HoopTime Basketball, a non-profit AAU-sanctioned club, is accepting registrations for the 2004 season for boys and girls in grades 4-8. The season runs from Jan. 3 to April 15. Registration is $150 for the first child, and $100 for any siblings. Deadline is Dec. 15. Registration forms available on the Web at Info: HoopTime Basketball, 789-1598.

• Juneau Golf Club's Alaskan Open 2004 - Registration is due by Jan. 15, 2004, at the Juneau Golf Club for this annual event that takes place March 1-5 in Casa Grande, Ariz. No late registration will be accepted, except to fill last-minute cancelations. The week's events include a four-person team best-ball tournament, a one-putt competition, golf clinics and group dinners. The tournament fee is $125, not including 2004 Juneau Golf Club dues of $20 and 2004 USGA handicap fee of $15. Optional memberships in the Juneau Junior Golf CLub are available at $25. Special lodging rates are available at the Francisco Grande Resort in Casa Grande, Ariz. Info: Sandy Sturrock, 789-4702.



• 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

• Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Sessions are held from 7 to 9 p.m. Upcoming open gyms are: Dec. 18 at Harborview Elementary School gym; Jan. 1 at Harborview; Jan. 8 at Harborview; Jan. 11 at Floyd Dryden Middle School gym; Jan. 15 at Harborview; Jan. 16 at Harborview; Jan. 18 at Floyd Dryden; Jan. 22 at Harborview; Jan. 25 at Floyd Dryden; and Jan. 29 at Harborview. 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 WILL NOT BE HELD DURING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S WINTER BREAK. THEY WILL RESUME ON JAN. 5. 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

• 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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