"It was the volunteer spirit and support of the Juneau Ski Patrol and Juneau Ski Club that helped bring Eaglecrest into existence.ETheir continued support and enthusiasmEsustain Eaglecrest today," said Brian Davies, director of the Eaglecrest Professional Ski Patrol. A key part of that original group is 83 year old Bob Janes Sr., who is marking his 40th year as a volunteer with the Juneau Ski Patrol. As a forester with the U.S. Forest Service, he joined Craig Lindh in helping secure land and financial support that resulted in the opening of Eaglecrest in 1975. Janes will be receiving a Meritorious Service Award at the University of Alaska Southeast commencement May 8 at Centennial Hall.
Volunteers at Eaglecrest range from parents of ski racers to cross country ski enthusiasts to outdoor safety experts. Eaglecrest is where people who experience disabilities learn to ski or snowboard with the help of volunteers. Volunteers with Friends of Eaglecrest have undertaken several projects, including repainting the day lodge, bringing live music to the mountain and hosting a summer festival. Volunteers recognize Eaglecrest as an invaluable regional resource and a priceless community investment.
Eaglecrest's final weekend of the 2004-05 season was April 9-10. No doubt volunteers were there as a great example of community spirit, enthusiasm, and support.