Juneau is situated along the shores of the Northern Inside Passage and is surrounded by islands and mountains. We enjoy a maritime snowpack with consistent snowfalls throughout the winter at tree-line and up. The majority of storms will range in temperatures from 25 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit and dump a few feet of snow between cycles.
With over 1 million acres of permitted land, there are many opportunities to explore new places and rack-up first descents. Our terrain is so incredibly varied that it’s difficult to post averages regarding a typical day of operation. We have lines that descend 5,000 feet, and others that may only be steep 900 foot spines. Some runs take over an hour for a group to complete, and others may take 15 minutes. It’s important to remember that there are many variables involved for each given day and group. Where and how we complete lines is dictated largely by the snowpack and capability of each individual.
Coast Mountains – The Juneau Icefield covers 1,500 square miles across the crest of the Coast Mountain Range. It extends from Taku River to Skagway, and spills into Altin British Columbia. Snow can fall 12 months out of the year atop the plateau, with over 100 feet of accumulation, and contains approximately 65 summits and 38 glaciers. Peaks along the coastline offer scattered tree runs, steep chutes, and giant meadows which descend into deep valleys holding glaciers or rivers below. Flying further into the icefield yields tall granite spires, with icefalls, spines, roll-overs, and couloirs dropping into massive glacial run-outs.
Chilkat Mountains – The Chilkats extend into Haines bordering Lynn Canal and Glacier Bay, and we operate south of the Endicott River. Here, mountains are surrounded by 270 degrees of water, and offer long ridgelines, open faces, hanging glaciers, and giant ravines. Views of the Juneau Icefield, Fairweather Range, and Glacier Bay National Park make the riding aesthetically pleasing.
Terrain Options – Weather is always on the forefront of our minds, and we are constantly in communication with the NOAA station and helicopter pilots. Micro-climates exist throughout our region, so decisions are never black & white. Our strategically located FAA approved landing zones at the base of the Coast Mountains allow us many options to access terrain along a 50 mile stretch. If the weather is not conducive for flying at any of the zones, than Eaglecrest Ski Area is our first choice as an alternate activity.