Eaglecrest Nordic Trails

Two Loops, an Upper and Lower, provide fun, rolling terrain for skiers to hone their Nordic skiing skills. Eaglecrest staff use snow cats to professionally maintain the hilly Nordic trails for the Upper and Lower Loops. The JNSC helps with early/late season grooming via snow machines. Day passes or Eaglecrest Nordic Season Passes are required. The rental shop does offer Nordic gear. Early season skiing could start on the Lower Loop in December followed by the Upper Loop. Eaglecrest stops grooming in mid-April but skiing can be good for weeks afterwards. Dogs are only allowed on the occasionally groomed dog loop which is accessed from the lower Nordic parking lot. There are two trail systems/loops available:

The Lower Loop (5-6km total depending on grooming availability) features beginner (green) to advanced (black) terrain for classic and skate skiers and includes some fast tight corners, rolling hills (elevation change ~42 meters), and winding meadows. Views vary from mountains to forests to open meadows. Despite the average elevation of 330 meters, parts of the trail can be soggy immediately after heavy rains. The Nordic parking lot also has a portable outhouse and is 4.3 miles up Fish Creek Rd (Eaglecrest Rd). Other trail access is from two areas in the main Eaglecrest parking lot.

It’s worth the effort to go to the Upper Loop. At an average elevation of 480 meters (with elevation change on the trails of~48 meters), combined skiing distance on these trail loops can range 3.32-4.5 km long, depending on snow conditions and grooming availability. There are trail options for beginner to advanced skate and classic skiers and includes some fast tight corners and rolling hills. This is the highest groomed trail in Juneau and gets the most snow but also requires several feet to fill in. Views vary from mountains to forests to open meadows. A picnic table is available as well as a recently constructed cabin (open to the public during the day, closed for private rentals for overnight stays). Access is from either the quiet, steep, and narrow Upper Loop Access Trail (off the beginning of the Lower Loop when skiing from the lodge), or skiers may hike or ski about the same distance (~1.1 km) under the Hooter Chair Lift and up the side of the wider Trickster run. Please follow Eaglecrest’s uphill trail policy and watch for alpine skiers and snowboarders when hiking up. Nordic users should use caution skiing down either trail when returning to the lodge.

Recent Trail Updates

Eaglecrest Upper Loop Groomed!

Eaglecrest groomed the upper loop for skate and classic and conditions are excellent. Grab some of that spring ...

Eaglecrest Upper Loop groomed!

Clean, smooth tracks on the upper loop - no dirt, no debris! Skate and classic tracks. Eaglecrest will groom every ...

Sunny Sunday on upper loop

Pack a picnic and head to the upper loop today! Another day of sunshine and smooth groomed tracks. No grooming on ...
Upper loop is groomed and open!

Upper loop is groomed and open!

Nordic skiing is alive and well on the Eaglecrest Ski Area upper loop trails! Come up and enjoy the sunshine and ...

Upper loop is alive and well!

Just returned from Norway and I am happy to report that nordic skiing is alive and well at Eaglecrest! It’s ...

Lower Loop

Not groomed as of 1140 am. Still good snow, but more rocks poking through than 2 days ago. Hard top icy snow in ...

Lower Loop

Still plenty of snow on lower loop. Great skiing on waxless classic skis past two late afternoons.
Spring Perfect

Spring Perfect

Lower loop fantastic on waxless classic skis this late morning