JUNEAU (AP) -- Too little snow is prompting the Eaglecrest Ski Area to offer refunds to people holding season passes.
The ski area's board approved a plan Monday that will provide season pass holders either a 40 percent refund or a 75 percent refund.
The city-run ski area opened briefly on Dec. 29, but closed Jan. 4 because of warm weather, wind and rain. The small beginners hill also opened for three weekends.
The board decided on two options for season pass holders. They can return the pass and get a 75 percent refund if they ask for the refund before the ski area reopens this season, or, they can keep the pass to use until the end of the ski season and receive a 40 percent refund.
Season lockers will be subject to the same refund rules as season passes. Eaglecrest sold 762 season passes this year, Business Manager Gary Mendivil said.
Eaglecrest builds up its budget reserve in good snow years and draws from it in poor years. The fund's starting balance was $30,458 this year, and the ski area expects to lose money, Mendivil said.
Eaglecrest made $279,130 on season pass sales this year, with $45,111 from season lockers.
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