from Eaglecrest Ski Area web site history page:
the early 1930's rope tows were springing up all over the
country, including Juneau . In 1932 a portable tow with 1,000
feet of quarter-inch rope was installed in the Upper
Perseverance Trail area, on Alexander ( Sandy ) Smith's mining
claim. There was a 200 yard grassy area in his front yard, which
became the first real "ski hill" in Juneau . Skiers
could be towed 500 feet up the slope for a great downhill run!
Later, Sandy Smith was to become the first president of the
Juneau Ski Club when it was formed in 1935.
from a December 20, 2001 Juneau Empire article by Mac Metcalfe:
You would never guess by looking
at it, but a muskeg- and tree-covered, windswept hill just above
the junction of the Perseverance and Granite Creek trails is the
birthplace of Eaglecrest, Juneau's recreational ski area. This
hill was the site of Juneau's first mechanical ski operation in
the early 1930s.
The "proprietor" of the
ski site was an 80-year-old prospector named Alexander
"Sandy" Smith. Smith lived in a cabin near the trail
junction where skiers were invited in to warm up and sip coffee.
Nearby, a motor bolted to a toboggan operated a rope tow that
pulled skiers to the top of the hill.
Smith was working a mine near
Granite Creek, said Tom Stewart, a retired Superior Court judge
who has skied in Juneau since the early 1930s. After skiing down
the hill, many skiers would continue down what was then
Perseverance road, said Stewart, 82.