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Let it snow

...week's local forecast is calling for overcast to sunny skies with temperatures predicted to hover around 35 degrees F.Brian Davies, director of snow safety at Eaglecrest, said those sustained low temperatures are the kind that could finally freeze...
Know the Snow: Glide avalanches

Sometime late November, I was sitting and talking about the heavy early season snowfall with Brian Davies, Eaglecrest patrol director. At some point Brian said that this could be a big glide avalanche season. Like in many other cases...
Photo: Eyes for irises

Brian Davies, an employee for the city's Parks and Recreation Department, pulls weeds in an iris garden Wednesday in front of Gastineau Elementary School.
From supple powder to raging slide the backcountry. That's a fact known all too well by local avalanche forecaster Tom Mattice and ski patroller Brian Davies. Another fact: Snow can handle a tremendous amount of change, but it also needs time. Of course, there are other...
Photo: Garden cleanup

Brian Davies, an employee for the Juneau Landscape Department, takes advantage of a break in the weather to clear freshly cut Japanese knot...
Christmas comes early at Eaglecrest

...Friday, Clough said the most difficult aspect of opening early was making sure all employees were properly trained. Brian Davies, director of snow safety, said there was only one accident on the slopes, but it was minor. "The team has worked...
Gearing up: Eaglecrest hasn't opened yet, but already ski enthusiasts are out on the slopes

...setting up rope and boundary lines. Eaglecrest has seven full-time patrollers and 25 volunteer staff members, said Brian Davies, ski patrol director. He said the staff is training to deal with avalanches and trying to keep the main ski runs free...
Lost boarder finds refuge in snow cave

...What it was, was a ravine that led to the back side of Douglas." It was likely the Hilda Creek Drainage, said Brian Davies, director of the Juneau Ski Patrol. The spot is at least a quarter mile outside of the area boundary. From the start...
Skiers await more snow

...the top was 42 inches. "The stuff that fell yesterday afternoon is light and fluffy," Juneau Ski Patrol Director Brian Davies said this morning from the top of the mountain. Eaglecrest can open with 12 to 14 inches of snow at the base and 5...
Eaglecrest Ski Patrol: Clearing the way to clear avalanche zones in the ski area before allowing riders on the Ptarmigan Lift. In all, lead Patroller Brian Davies and his crew consider 81 potential slide zones before fanning out across the ridge and shoulders of the main mountain...


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