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Echo Ridge nordic ski area opens above Lake Chelan

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.

See access info and grooming updates here.

Landslide strands hikers up Icicle Creek

NATIONAL FORESTS — A series of mudslides todayoccurred mid-morning have blocked the upper Icicle Road west of Leavenworth, stranding about 30 hikers and campers, Wenatchee National Forest officials report.

Slides as wide as 40 feet occurred near Fourth of July Trail and Fourth of July Creek.

Chelan County Sheriffs Office of Emergency Management and Forest Service personnel have not been able to access the area becasue of continued landslides.

“Luckily, no one is injured or in distress,” said Wenatchee River District Ranger Jeff Rivera.

Read on for details of the road closures: