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WINTER SPORTS –The Chelan Ranger District is offering free cross country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area.
Trail grooming, conducted by the Lake Chelan Nordic Club, has ended for the year, but many trails still have enough snow for skiing, a U.S. Forest Service news release said Thursday.
Travelers should be prepared for snow, ice or mud on the Forest Service roads.
Info: Chelan Ranger District, (509) 682-4900.
WINTER SPORTS — The recent snow fall was just what the Chelan Ranger District needed to officially open the Echo Ridge Ski Area for cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
All but one of the area's trails are packed and tracked, giving skiers and snowshoers access to 25 miles of routes, some of which offer a high overlook of Lake Chelan.
Day passes cost $10 per adult and dcan be purchased at the trailhead. There's no charge for skiers or snowshoers age 17 and under.
Season passes are $70 at the Chelan Ranger District office in Chelan, (509) 682-4900.
NORDIC SKIING — Cross-country skiers aren’t being left out in the cold as early snowfall covers trails and allows downhill ski resorts to open. Here’s the latest report:
Mount Spokane: The temperature was minus 10 degrees this morning when the state park rangers show up at Selkirk Lodge. They found drifted snow and blow-down trees on the trails. They planned to be cutting out trees today, then grooming with the snowmobile to provide skiing for Thanksgiving day. The snowcat groomer isn’t scheduled to be out until Dec. 1. Sno-Park permits are required. Remember, you can get them online this year if you wish.
49 Degrees North: Nordic trails will be groomed for Thanksgiving day but the Nordic yurt and services will not be open for customers until Friday.
Schweitzer: At least two trails are scheduled to be groomed for the resorts season opener starting Friday.
Methow Valley: The big snow dump largely missed the Methow, although the groomers were out packing the half a foot or so that’s on the ground to be ready for the next storm, said Don Portman at Sun Mountain Lodge. Meantime, skiers have been traveling up the North Cascades Highway to find plenty of snow near Cutthroat and Rainy Pass.
Echo Ridge: This nordic area above Lake Chelan has 10 inches of snow that will be flat-pack groomed on about half of the trail system for Thanksgiving day.