PUBLISHED: 1:43 PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Eaglecrest acknowledges volunteers

Eaglecrest wrapped up the 2004-05 season with an acknowledgement of the massive number of volunteer hours that make Juneau's backyard ski and snowboard park a true community asset. Volunteers with the Juneau Ski Patrol alone put in approximately 3800 hours helping make the mountain safer. Total volunteer contributions including Friends of Eaglecrest, Nordic Ski Club, 4-H Nordic program, Juneau Ski Club, Public Race Course, Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center and Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA) add up to a whopping 9700 hours!

"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.