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STEVENS ADVANTAGEPASS The Stevens Advantage Pass is your pay-asyou go pass to the slopes. The Advantage Pass comes loaded with one ticket, then receive $7 off weekEND & $12 off weekDAY lift tickets. The pass is backed with your credit card for the convenience of Directto-Lift access!
10 Cashmere High School Fall Concert, Cashmere Middle School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 509-782-2914 12 Second Saturday, Mission District Open House, Mission St. 5-8 p.m. 509-782-7404 17 Cashmere High School Fall Jazz Night, Cashmere Middle School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., 509-782-2914 12 Cashmere Coffee House presents "Grapevine Bluegrass Band," Cashmere Middle School, 7:30 p.m. 509-548-1230 18 Holiday Open House, Doane's Valley Pharmacy. 6-8 p.m., 509-782-2717 21-22 Cashmere High School Jazz Band Fundraiser, Visconti's in Leavenworth-time to be announced
Cashmere Coffee House presents "Marlin Handbell Ringers," Riverside Center, 2 p.m., 509-548-1230 10 Second Saturday, Christmas Tree Lighting, downtown, 5-8 p.m., 509-782-7404 12 Cashmere Middle School Winter
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26 Cashmere High School Solo Ensemble Night, at Cashmere Middle School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 28 Cashmere Coffee House, TBA, Riverside Center, 7:30 p.m., 509-548-1230
1-4 Cashmere High School musical, Singing in the Rain, Cashmere Middle School Auditorium, 7 p.m., 509-782-2914 18 Cashmere Coffee House presents "Kenny and Amanda Smith," Riverside Center, 7:30, p.m., 509-548-1230 Date to be announced-Choir fundraiser night, Visconti's in Leavenworth, 509-782-2914.
Furniture, 4 - 6 p.m. Caroling around the Christmas Tree, 5:45 p.m.- 6:15 p.m., Christmas Tree Lighting and Downtown lighting ceremony 6:15 p.m., www.historicchelan.org
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Concert, Cashmere Middle School Auditorium, 6 p.m. 509-782-2001 17 Pictures with Santa, Customer Appreciation Day 12-3 p.m., Martin's Market Place 509-782-3801 19 Cashmere High School Winter Music Concert, Cashmere Middle School Auditorium,7:30 p.m. 509-782-2914
First Friday, “A Cozy Quilt Walk,” Shop Historic Chelan until 8 p.m. www.historicchelan.org Veterans Day Parade,11 a.m., Chelan VFW, Post 6853, 509-687-9366 Lake Chelan Ski Club ( Echo Valley) Ski Swap, Morgen Owings Elementary School gym, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., www.echovalley.org Free Thanksgiving Dinner, Apple Cup Cafe, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 509-682-2933 Hot Friday,stores open early, Santa and Mrs. Claus visits in Historic Downtown Chelan with kids at Columbia
First Friday, “Rockin’ Jingle Bell,” Shop downtown until 8 p.m., Santa visits with kids at Campbell's lobby at 5 p.m. Chelan High School Band performs in front of Chelan Realty, 6 p.m. www.historicchelan.org 31 Torchlight/night skiing "New Year’s Eve" party, Echo Valley Ski Area, 6-9 p.m., www.echovalley.org
6-8,13-15 Winterfest Fire & Ice Festival, snow and ice sculptures, snowman building contest, snow games, Soupfest, torchlight parade, bonfire, polar bear splash, fireworks, snowmobile drag races www.lakechelanwinterfest.com
4 Lions Club Crab Feed, Lake Chelan Eagles Hall, 5 p.m., 509-682-3503 11-12, 18-19 Red Wine and Chocolate, Lake Chelan
E N TI A T November 12 Entiat Valley Chamber of Commerce Holiday Bazaar,
LEAVENWORTH November 5
Der Rink Raising Fundraiser for Leavenworth Pavilion and Ice, Leavenworth Festhalle, 5:30 p.m., 509-548-5477. 5 Scott Cossu in Concert, jazz and New Age Fusion, Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., 509-548-6347. 12 “Masterworks from the Romantic Period,” Icicle Creek Piano Trio, Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., 509-548-6347. 12 Ski Swap Cascade High School gym, 9-11:45 a.m, 509- 548-5477. 12 Rotary Fest, at the Festhalle, 5:30 p.m. Call Bill,509-548-5286 or www.leavenworthrotaryfest.com. Or call to purchase your raffle tickets to win a trip and all expenses for two to Bavaria in 2012. Limited number available. 22 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Festhalle, 6:30 p.m., 509-548-5477. 25-27 The 16th Annual Christkindlmarkt, on Thanksgiving weekend: Front Street Park, Friday 11-7:30, Saturday 10-7:30, Sunday 10-3, 509-548-6605. Night at the Museum,
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Valley Wineries, www.lakechelanwinevalley.com 17-19 Lake Chelan Trax Festival, Cross-country trails, snowmobile trails, wickedly fast tubing hills, or the family-friendly ski hill, www.lakechelantrax.com
Hall, 7:30 p.m., 509-548-6347. 17 Celtic Christmas, Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., www.arkmusic.com, 509-548-6347. 22, 28, 30 Vineyard Showshoe and Dinner, Icicle Ridge Winery, 4:30 p.m., 509-548-7019.
21 Bakke Cup, Ski Hill 11 a.m., 509-548-5477 27 Nissebakken Telemark Race, Ski Hill, 6 p.m., 509-548-5477 29 Chicks on Sticks breast cancer research benefit, Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, 8 a.m., 509-548-5477
17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade for Dogs and Kids, noon, 509-682-2815
4-5 Bavarian Cup, Ski Hill, 8 a.m., 509-548-5477 10-13 Richard Hugo House Writer's Retreat, www.icicle.org 11 Carnival Day, Ski Hill, 9-6, 509-548-5477 16-20 Fiddle Fest, www.icicle.org 25 Hog Loppet Ski Trek, Mission Ridge Ski Resort, 7:30 a.m., 509-548-5477
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., high school gym, 509-784-0351
Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, 6-9 p.m., 509-548-4573.
2-4, 9-11, 16-18 Christmas Lighting Festival, downtown, 509-548-5807. 3 “Ciao Bella,” Opera and cabaret, Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 6-8 p.m., 509-548-6347. 3, 4, 9-11, 16-18 “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Leavenworth Summer Theater, 1 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Festhalle Theater, 509-548-2000. 3, 10 Christmas Lighting Chili Feed, 423 Evans St., 12-6 p.m., 509-763-2419. 3, 10, 17 Night at the Museum, Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, 6-9 p.m., 509-548-4573. 6, 13, 14 Bronn and Katherine Journey, harp and vocals, United Methodist Church, 4:30, 7:30 p.m., 509-548-5807. 8, 9, 12, 13 Village Voices Christmas Concert,” Christmas in the moutains”, Church of the Nazarene, 7:30 p.m., Tickets call: 509-548-8058. 10 Christmas concert, Icicle Creek Piano Trio, Canyon Wren Recital
The 20th Annual Polar Bear Dip Lake Wenatchee boat launch, need Discover Pass for parking. Call Jim, 509-763-2197 7, 14, 15, 29 Vineyard Showshoe and Dinner, Icicle Ridge Winery, 4:30 p.m., 509-548-7019 8 Ski for Health Day, Icicle River Trails, 12-3 p.m., 509-548-5477 11-16 Piano Festival, www.icicle.org 14 Skirennen Citizen Race, Leavenworth Golf Course Trails, 8 a.m., 509-548-5477 14-15 Bavarian Ice Fest, Front Street, 509-548-5807 Ice Fest's showshoe demo and relay race, Ski Hill, 10:30-1:30, 509-548-5477
26 Holiday Festival and Downtown Lighting, 5 p.m., 509-682-3503
14 Wally Peterson Memorial Snowmobile Drag Races, Mill Bay Casino
OMAK/OKANOGAN/CONCONULLY November (Omak/Okanogan) 12 Okanogan-Omak Rotary Wine & Cheese Tasting, Okanogan Fairgrounds Agriplex, 6-7 p.m., live auction starts at 8:30 p.m., 509-826-7903 19 Holiday Craft Show, Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 509-422-5215 December
3 Centennial Twilight Christmas Parade Downtown Omak, 4:30 p.m., floats, lights, pageantry, and Santa at the firehouse 5 Loup Loup Ski Are, Slope Style Com., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Little Buck Fun Park, skitheloup.com, 866-699-5334 November (Conconully) 25 Holiday Lighting Ceremony, 4 p.m., 800-826-9050
10 Santa Days Santa Parade, 6 p.m., vendor in halls, 1-6 p.m., 800-826-9050
15 Outhouse Races, feature “head-to-head’ races for over 25 years, 800-826-9050 22-23 Snow Dog Super Mush, two day mid-distance sled dog race forest, 509-826-3226
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Wenatchee River Valley
Cashmere, Lake Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Plain, Stevens Pass and Wenatchee
Visitors who want to enjoy a season of frolicking in the snow in the Wenatchee River Valley are limited only by their imagination. With an average snowfall of 150 inches in the Leavenworth area, you don’t have to travel far for a day full of winter activities. The many ski resorts, sno-parks, recreational forests and designated private lands provide invigorating challenges to those who enjoy spending a morning, afternoon or evening in the crisp winter air under the backdrop of the majestic Cascade Mountain Range.
Stevens Pass is located on the crest of the Cascade Range. Stevens receives approximately 450 inches of snow annually, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain including 37 major runs, numerous bowls, glades and faces. The ski resort provides a variety of challenges for every age and skill level. Normal hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Monday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, conditions permitting. Spring operations begin in mid-March with operating hours changing to 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Three lodges with a host of restaurants offer a break from the cold to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, or tantalize your taste buds with a fare from tacos and pizza to a complete sit down pub. A Nordic skiing area with miles of quiet secluded trails for cross country and snowshoeing are also available at Stevens Pass for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the alpine and snowboard area. For information on snow conditions, season passes and lodging accommodations call 206-634-1645 or visit the Stevens Pass website at www. stevenspass.com
Leavenworth Ski Hill
Whether it’s tubing, cross-country skiing on groomed trails, downhill skiing, ski jumping and snowshoeing, the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club provides winter recreation for all ages and abilities. The Lt. Michael Adams Tubing Park and lift is a source of recreation providing fun for the entire family. The ski hill also provides downhill skiing accessible by two rope tows, ski jumping facilities and a historic lodge with food service. The 26 kilometers of beautifully groomed cross-country trails in and around the town of Leavenworth offer a variety of terrain for the beginner to the expert, classic or skate skier. Cross-country ski instruction is available daily. Call 509-548-5477 or visit the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club website at www.skileavenworth.com for hours of operation, rates, events, maps and other information.
Mission Ridge Ski and Snowboard Resort in Wenatchee is Washington state's most distinctive winter playground for skiing and snowboarding. Nestled on the sunny side of the Cascades, only 12 miles from Wenatchee, Wash.; Mission Ridge has been labeled not only as a local favorite, but a resort that offers a unique and attractive setting for visitors. Hosting a 2,000 acre playground, Mission Ridge offers a diverse selection of terrain and winter activities that will satisfy anything from family fun to the most advanced skiing and snowboarding. Call 509-663-6543.
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The brave test the chilly waters of Lake Wenatchee at Jim Sofie’s Polar Bear Winter Group Dip on New Year’s Day 2011.
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Wenatchee River Valley SNOWMOBILING, CROSS COUNTRY AND SHOWSHOEING
Mountain Springs Lodge
Located on the 1895 Burgess Homestead in the Plain Valley is your destination for winter adventures. Enjoy guided snowmobile tours in the beautiful Cascade Mountains and sleigh rides on the ranch grounds through glistening snow-filled meadows, aspen and pine forests along Beaver Creek. When you finish playing in the snow, stop in the lodge for a cup of hot cider to take the chill off, and a plate full of good food to soothe your hungry appetite.
Wenatchee National Forest
Enjoy more than 100 miles of maintained snow covered cross county ski trails on U.S. Forest Service lands that surround North Central Washington. Contact district ranger stations for information, maps, parking permits and winter conditions at 509-664-9300 or 509-548-6977.
Lake Wenatchee State Park
The 480-acre park offers more than 25 miles of groomed Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails. Sledding trails winding through the park are an option for non-skiers who enjoy the snow too. The park is also open for camping all winter long for those who just canâ€™t get enough of the winterexperience.
Winter Rentals Alpine Skis & Snowboards X-Country & Skate Skis Snowshoes & Inner Tubes All sizes for as young as 3 years Season Rentals & Ski Tuning
The Ski Shop at Osprey Hwy 2 & Icicle Road / P.O. Box 668 800-743-6269 or 509-548-6800 www.ospreyrafting.com
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Wenatchee River Valley
Cashmere, Lake Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Plain, Stevens Pass and Wenatchee
Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Catch a glimpse of winter wildlife on a guided snowshoe walking tour around the grounds of the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery. Learn about the survival habits of local wildlife from trained naturalists ev-
If you’re not a hearty adventurer willing to brave the elements and nature during Leavenworth’s snow packed winters, don’t worry. Washington’s Bavarian town has plenty to offer from shopping, fine dining, wine tasting, a movie theater and winter festivals.
On Thanksgiving weekend, Christkindlmarkt has become one of Leavenworth’s most popular winter festivals. An ancient Bavarian tradition, Christkindlmarkt marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Families come from all over the Northwest to kick
The Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is more accessible than ever with the addition of the Icicle Station train stop. The station draws upon Leavenworth’s roots as a train depot in the early part of the last century.
ery Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter season. Snowshoes are provided. Children over 8 are welcome to enjoy the fun. Reservations are required. For information call 509-548-6662 ext. 226.
State Park, Kahler Glen offers 30 kilometers of groomed trails for winter recreation. The trails, which intertwine with those at the park, offer challenges to both novice and advanced skiers. Call 509763-4025 for information.
Bordering Lake Wenatchee
off their holiday shopping. As they shop, festival-goers will catch the scent of roasted chestnuts and spiced wine from the numerous vendors and booths. www.christkindl.projektbayern.com.
Starlight Lantern Parade
A prelude to Christkindlmarkt, the Starlight Lantern Parade has gained popularity for the past 15 years. Children and adults can make a lantern at the Festhalle, decorating it however they want. Once they have their lanterns ready to go, participants walk through town in a magical procession to the “Living Nativity.” www. christkindl.projektbayern.com.
The train stop is located just outside of town on North Road, where the Christmas Lighting trains disembark. The site has a beautiful, new platform to accommodate the daily service. A shuttle service is in place to help visitors get to and from
Christmas Lighting Festival
The festival that really put Leavenworth on the map, Leavenworth’s Christmas Lighting has been recognized by A&E Television as the No. 1 Holiday Town in the country. It has also been on “Good Morning America” and the Travel Channel. Held the three weekends leading up to Christmas, Christmas Lighting truly brings out the magic of the season. Not only can visitors get that last minute shopping done, they have the chance to sing “Silent Night” at the Front Street gazebo every evening and watch as the thousands of lights come to life and
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A fun day for old and young, Icefest includes an ice cube hunt, snow sculpture contest, dog sledding and sleigh rides. Perhaps the most popular event of Icefest is the “smooshing” contest, in which individuals or teams race each other with 2 by 4 strapped to their feet. Icefest concludes with a fireworks show. 509-548-5807.
Trains stop at Icicle Station
the train station easily. The train annually brings thousands of visitors from the west side of the state and beyond. The train service has proven very popular each year as ridership has surpassed even the most bold predictions. Even when the mountain passes are closed in the winter due to inclement weather, the train still provides an excellent way to visit Leavenworth in style. And the route over the mountains on the train provides the most beautiful views of
Take a Vintage Adventure in the Antique Mall at Cashmere
Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus and Father Christmas greet the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the Christmas Lighting ceremony in downtown Leavenworth.
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220 Hwy. 2, Leavenworth, WA
the picturesque Cascade Mountains. Truly, a wonder to behold. The Amtrak train that stops in Leavenworth runs along the Empire Builder route, which operates daily between Chicago and Seattle. The Empire Builder stops daily in Leavenworth at Icicle Station. West side travelers can catch the train at the Kings Street Station in Seattle. For information and tickets, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or visit www. amtrak.com.
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Rental and Retail Ski Equipment and Snowshoes
Wineries: A Grape Experience Washington’s wine industry is booming with over 500 wineries generating over a half a billion dollars in sales. And while Washington remains second to California in total production, Washington vineyards enjoy an average of two more hours of sunshine per day resulting in a higher production of premium wines. Beyond the dozen wineries operating in the Lake Chelan Valley American Viticulture Area, clusters of wineries can be found in Leavenworth, Oroville and Wenatchee. And the magnificent scenery and four seasons recreation, makes a visit to North Central Washington wine country a truly world class experience. Most of the region’s wineries are small family-run operations. These
smaller wineries produce a few hundred cases annually making the visit to these boutique wineries a truly intimate experience. And there’s plenty more to wine production than what happens at each winery. “Wine is not made – wine is grown,” explains Dr. Bob Jankelson, owner of Tsillan Cellars on Lake Chelan’s south shore. To support the burgeoning wine industry, acres upon acres of what were once fruit orchards have converted to vineyards. The unique combination at each vineyard – amount of daily sunlight, soil composition, slope face and agricultural practices – gives each a unique product that’s reflected in the broad range of wines that keep bringing awards home year after year.
It’s a new face to a region historically known for its apple, pear and tree fruit crops. The region’s fall freezes allow winemakers to produce a sweet, rich, ice wine that few regions can accommodate. So, after a hard day on the slopes, fishing for steelhead or just shopping, drop by one of the local tasting rooms or order a bottle of local wine and sit by a cozy fire. It could just be a perfect end to a perfect day in North Central Washington. A complete list of wineries and tasting rooms in Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties can be found at visitwashingtonwineries.com or The wine industry doesn’t stop for visitwashingtonfarms.com. winter in North Central Washington.
The cold is the final ingredient in local growers’ unique ice wine.
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Lake Chelan Valley
Chelan, Manson, Lucerne, Stehekin and Holden Village Winter in the valley means many months of quality skiing, snowmobiling and white-covered hillsides you just don’t see on the “wet side.” With a major winter festival two weekends in January and a family-friendly ski hill, Chelan offers winter fun for all ages. For a real getaway, try the secluded uplake community of Stehekin. Find your recreational activity, whatever your speed, and enjoy!
CHELAN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AND DOWNTOWN LIGHTING
The Historic Downtown Chelan Association invites visitors and locals to attend the Downtown Chelan Holiday Festival and Downtown Lighting on Nov. 25 - the beginning of Small Town Christmas in the Lake Chelan Valley. This annual event brings the Holiday Spirit alive in Downtown Chelan. There will be ‘Hot Friday Specials’ in downtown stores, lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more. For information www.SmallTownChristmas.com.
MANSON HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AND DOWNTOWN LIGHTING The Polar Bear Splash is just one of the highlights of the Lake Chelan Winterfest.
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The Manson Business Association invites visitors and locals to attend the Manson Holiday Festival and Downtown Lighting on Nov. 26. This annual event brings the Holiday Spirit to Manson. Visit the Manson Holiday Tree on the corner of Green Avenue and Wapato Way and watch as members of the community “throw the switch” officially welcoming the holidays. Santa Claus
Lake Chelan Valley
Chelan, Manson, Lucerne, Holden Village AND STEHEKIN
from Allisons of Manson will visit, along with a special performance of a local choir. Refreshments will be served and local businesses will offer seasonal coupons. The Kokopelli Run offers a shuttle from Manson to Chelan. For information, call 509-888-0211.
WINTERFEST Lake Chelan Winterfest - Itâ€™s one of the valleyâ€™s most popular winter events and come this January, it becomes two weekends of fun-filled events. The first weekend, January 6-8 will feature ice carving, visitors and residents join in the fun every year to show off their artistic skills, snow stomping for the snow sculptures, snow sculpting, cross country ski lessons, skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The second weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend January 13-15, will feature sleigh rides, soupfest, ice sculpting, ice lounge, ice sculpture tour, live music, wine walk, snowflake land for kids, snowmobile drag races, Echo-Loppet, artisan alley, fire and ice parade, Polar Bear Splash and fireworks. Businesses stay open later offering specials, and the Torchlight Parade on Saturday, Jan. 14, from downtown Chelan to Don Morse Park leads to a symbolic end to the holiday season with a Christmas tree bonfire on the beach. While the fire is raging, hardy souls dash into the frigid waters of Lake Chelan for the traditional Polar Bear Splash. Call them crazy with heart - Polar Bear participants take pledges and raise money for charity. The evening will be capped off by a fireworks display. At Mill Bay Casino in Manson the Lake Chelan Snowmobile Club will host the 10th annual Wally Peterson Memorial Snowmobile Drag Races and Radar Runs. For information on this seasonâ€™s Winterfest, call the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 800-4CHELAN or 509-682-3503, www.lakechelanwinterfest.com.
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ation Areas. There will be a Frosty Family Fun Run, The Sweetest Trail, chocolate tastings on the Nordic Trails, snowmobile bucket run, Red, Wine and Chocolates, tubing and skiing at Echo Valley, music and much more. For information on this seasonâ€™s Trax Festival, call the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 800-4CHELAN or 509-6823503, www.lakechelantrax.com.
DOWNHILL SKIING Echo Valley Winter Sports Center is a favorite for snow-filled fun for tourists and locals alike. Itâ€™s a unique family location with three available rope tows, a 1,400-foot Poma lift, and a 4-lane tubing hill. Small children can play in the lodge while older siblings ski or go tubing. Located just nine miles from Chelan, Echo Valley offers 70 acres of skiable terrain, and snowboarders are welcome. A wide base area makes it a prime location for instruction. Classes are offered to children as young as 3 years old. Echo Valley operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays, December through late February. Daily lift tickets are $20. A day of tubing including tube rental is $8. Children 5 and under can play for free. If a full day on the slopes sounds like a bit much the center also offers half-day ski passes for $15 and half day tubing passes for $5 starting at 1 p.m.
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Lake Chelan Valley
Chelan, Manson, Lucerne, Holden Village AND STEHEKIN
District Office next to GrandView on the Lake. Echo Ridge is never closed. Courses open as soon as there’s enough snow and stay open as long at the white stuff lasts. For maps or additional information visit the Chelan Ranger District office at 428 W. Woodin Avenue, Chelan or visit www.lakechelannordic.org, or call, 509-682-4900.
HOLDEN, LUCERNE, STEHEKIN Enjoy sleigh rides through downtown Chelan during their annual Winterfest Festival.
A rental shop is available, as is a snack bar if you’re looking for a break from the cold. The current conditions, general information and events can be found on the Internet at www.echovalley.org. Each New Year’s Eve, Echo Valley celebrates with the perfect family outdoor activity from 6 to 9:00 p.m. Come ski, board and tube! It’s a family tradition at Echo Valley....plan to join them December 31 and ring in 2012! To learn more about skiing and tubing and seasons passes at Echo Valley, go to www.echovalley.org or call 509-687-3167. Prior to the ski season, call Peterson’s Waterfront at 509-682-4002.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING A series of improvements over the past several years has turned Echo Ridge from a rural crosscountry ski facility into a world-class destination. The system of more than 25 miles of groomed trail consists of
a series of loop routes for all types of cross country skiers, plus over 2.4 miles of trails for snow shoeing. On some trails man’s best friend is allowed, but check with the Ranger District to see when and where your dog can roam. The trails include a 12-mile area that has been groomed to accommodate both skate-skiers and classic skiers. This trail gets special grooming throughout the season. Classic skiers can enjoy the full 24 miles of trails. One of the most popular easy trails is called Lollipop. It provides a spectacular view of more than 180 degrees of vista that includes Pyramid Mountain, Stormy Mountain, the Enchantments and Mount Stuart. The series of loop trails wrap around ridge tops for a constantly changing view in different directions. The Lake Chelan Nordic Ski Club has added a yurt for skiers near the kiosk at the upper ridge trailhead. Children 17 and younger ski free, while adults 18 and older pay $10 per day. A season pass costs $70 and is available at the Ranger
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Uplake from Manson and Chelan visitors to the Lake Chelan Valley can find an abundance of outdoor activities in the Holden, Lucerne and Stehekin areas. Access to the northern parts of Lake Chelan is only by boat or airplane. Adventurous cross-country skiers can find some excellent backcountry skiing in the Railroad Creek drainage out of Lucerne and Holden. Holden Village takes overnight visitors, and reservations can be made by writing to Holden Village, HCOO - Stop 2, Chelan, WA 98816 or by visiting their Website at www.holdenvillage.org to reserve your space online. The Stehekin Valley, known as a place to “get away from it all,” is a narrow and remote valley at the far end of Lake Chelan. The village of
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Stehekin cannot be accessed by car, and cell phones and televisions don’t work there. Getting there is as simple as taking the ferry or float plane from Chelan. The Lake Chelan Boat Company operates the Lady of the Lake, a boat service to uplake destinations from Chelan. For departure times, ticket prices and other information visit their Website at www.ladyofthelake.com or call 509-682-4584. For information on how to get to Stehekin, where to stay and what to do, call the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce at 800-4CHELAN or 509-682-3503 or visit www.stehekin. com.
Talented artists show off their ice sculpting skills at Chelan’s Winterfest.
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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off with caroling around the Christmas tree as part of Chelan’s Small Town Christmas.
SNOWMOBILING Lake Chelan has been recognized as the best snowmobiling area in the state and one of the top 15 in the western U.S. by SnoWest magazine. The U.S. Forest Service maintains 170 miles of groomed trails - mainly Forest Service roads - in three major valleys. The areas have become so popular that the Forest Service recently intensified its grooming regimen. Snowmobilers access the trails from six local sno-parks: the Entiat Valley, 25 Mile Creek on the south shore of Lake Chelan, Antilon Lake and Echo Valley on the north shore, and Black Canyon and Gold Creek in the Methow Valley.
At Antilon Lake, a trail system spanning 100 miles, facilities are available along the trails. There are also snow shelters and scenic view points throughout. At Echo Ridge, just 10 miles west of Chelan, find 100 miles of trails spanning to 2,640 feet in elevation; sanitary facilities are available. South of Chelan at 25 Mile Creek riders have 63 miles worth of trails to ride reaching 2,000 feet in elevation. The Entiat River system includes 63 miles of trails with sanitary facilities, shelter and scenic view points. At the South Fork Gold Creek trail system in the Methow Valley riders have 100 miles to enjoy reaching an elevation of 2,140 feet. Sanitary facilities and snow shelters are available at the site. At the Black Canyon trail system riders can enjoy 100 miles of trails reaching an elevation of 1,360 feet. Sanitary facilities are available. Passes are required to use the sno-parks during the winter months. They are available at the Chelan Ranger District 509-682-4900 and the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce 800-4CHELAN. Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in Manson the Lake Chelan Snowmobiling Club hosts its Wally Peterson Memorial Drag Races. The event features a full day of snowmobiling drag races at Mill Bay Casino in Manson. For information contact the club at 509-687-6344.
THEATER The Chelan Valley Players theatrical troupe will continue the 26th season. Performances will be at the Chelan High School Performing Arts Center. For information, including performance schedule and admission prices, go to www.chelanvalleyplayers.com.
OMAK/OKANOGAN VALLEY Conconully, Omak, Okanogan
The Okanogan Valley also offers downhill and cross-country skiing on both sides of the border, as well as opportunities for snowmobiling and snowshoeing under sunny skies. There is a dogsled race and outhouse races held in Conconully each year.
CROSS COUNTRY & DOWNHILL SKIING
For those who enjoy downhill skiing or snowboarding, Loup Loup Ski Bowl has both. Loup Loup has a rope tow, a Poma lift and a quad chair accessing 10 runs that cover 1,240 vertical feet. The season typically runs from mid-December to April 1. The slopes are open Wednesday, Friday and weekends, and every day during Christmas break. Children’s programs, ski and snowboarding lessons and a service rental shop round out the services at Loup Loup. The day lodge is complete with a cafeteria and a spacious view of the mountain base. A new administration building with new bathrooms was completed last December.
For a modern-day adventure, try snowmobiling on 400 miles of groomed trails in the Methow. The trails are completely separate from the Nordic trails, and there are several trail heads and sno-parks in the valley. Bring your own sled or rent one, along with all the accessories you’ll need. Call (509) 9962497 for information. Pateros is at the entrance to the Methow Valley where two nearby snoparks, Black Canyon and Gold Creek, provide access to hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails. The Town of Conconully is one of the few in the state that allows snowmobiling right into town. So after a fun day of riding your snow machine on miles and miles of snow you can ride right into town for food and refreshment or to spend the night in one of the town’s many resorts and lodges. NCW Winter Recreation Guide 2011-12 • 11
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MIDTOWNER MOTEL 721 E. Woodin Avenue, Chelan www.midtowner.com
MOUNTAIN SPRINGS LODGE 19115 Chiwawa Loop Road, Plain www.mtsprings.com
LINDERHOF INN 690 Highway 2, Leavenworth www.linderhof.com
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LAKE VIEW HOTEL 104 E. Woodin Ave., Chelan www.chelanhotel.com
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Business & Services Directory ANTIQUES Antique Mall at Cashmere 509-782-1519 See ad page 6
Apple Annie Antique Gallery (Cashmere) 509-782-4004, 866-504-8460 Off Hwy. 2 in Cashmere 70,000 sq. ft. of fun! www.appleannieantiques.com
Napa Auto Parts (Chelan) 509-682-4561 See ad page 10
CHURCHES St. James Episcopal Church (Cashmere)
222 Cottage Ave., 509-782-1590 Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. The Rev. Rob Gohl, Pastor The Rev. Carol Forhan, Deacon
Pateros Church of Christ 509-923-2662 Corner of Independence and Beach www.pateroschurch.org Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.
DINING The Local Grub, Pub & Sushi (Chelan) 116 E. Woodin Ave. Chelan, WA 98816 509-682-1031 www.thelocalgps.com
LODGING/RENTALS Apple Inn Motel (Chelan) 509-682-4044
Bavarian Lodge (Leavenworth) 509-548-7878, 888-717-7878 See ad page 5
Chelan Rentals Resort-Cabins
HEALTH & FITNESS Lake Chelan Community Hospital (Chelan) 509-682-3300 See ad page 9
509-687-8467 See ad page 13
Lake View Hotel (Chelan) 509-682-1334 See ad page 9
Linderhof Inn (Leavenworth) 509-548-5283, 800-828-5680 See ad page 5
Midtowner Motel (Chelan)
INFORMATION Cashmere Chamber of Commerce
Omak Chamber of Commerce 509-826-1880 www.omakchamber.com See ad page 12
509-682-4051, 800-572-0943 See ad page 8
Mountain Springs Lodge (Plain) 509-763-2713, 800-858-2276 www.mtsprings.com See ad page 6
MUSEUMS Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth
347 Division St., 509-548-0728 www.uppervalleymuseum.org
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REAL ESTATE Chelan Cedar Homes (Chelan) 509-682-9783, 877-252-7706 See ad page 8
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DINING B.C. MacDonald’s (Chelan) 509-682-1334 See ad page 9
The Bamboo Shoot (Chelan) 509-682-5723 See ad page 9
Mountain Springs Restaurant (Plain) 509-763-2713, 800-858-2276 www.mtsprings.com See ad page 6
Children hunt for colored ice cubs during the Ice Cube Scramble event in Leavenworth at the Bavarian Ice Fest in January.
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Ice sculptures line the city street during Winterfest in Chelan.
Coldwell Banker/Associated Realty (Chelan) 509-682-7777, 800-572-9531 See ad page 1
Lake Wenatchee Properties, Inc. 509-763-3578 See ad page 4
Leavenworth Properties, Inc. 800-483-9848 Open 7 days a week www.leavenworthproperties.com
RECREATION EQUIPMENT SALES AND RENTALS Leavenworth Mountain Sports 509-548-7864 www.LeavenworthMtnSports. com See ad page 6
SNOWSHOE TOURS: daily 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - $40 per person Guide, equipment and shuttle included X/C SKI & SNOWSHOE RENTALS & DELIVERY $18 per person 509-548-0368 for reservations.
Plain Hardware (Plain)
509-763-3836 18636 Beaver Valley Road, Plain www.plainhardware.com Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals for the Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas. Warm up with a drink at our espresso bar and check out our unique selection of clothes and gifts.
The Ski Shop at Osprey (Leavenworth) 509-548-6800 See ad page 5
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Uncle Tim’s Toys LLC (Chelan) 509-687-8467 X-Country Ski, Snowshoe Rentals
SKIING Leavenworth Mountain Sports
509-548-7864 www.LeavenworthMtnSports.com See ad page 6
SLEIGH RIDES Mountain Springs Lodge (Plain) 509-763-2713, 800-858-2276 www.mtsprings.com See ad page 6
Red Tail Canyon Farm 509-548-4512, 800-678-4512 11780 Freund Canyon Road Leavenworth, WA 98826 www.redtailcanyonfarm.com
SPECIALTY SHOPS Lake Chelan Cheese (Manson) 509-888-0268 Inside Lake Chelan Winery 3519 SR 150, Manson www.lakechelancheese.com
TOURIST ACTIVITIES Leavenworth Summer Theater 509-548-2000 www.leavenworthsummertheater.org
Memories by the Lake (Chelan) 509-682-2738 Full-service scrapbook store 212 E. Woodin Ave. www.memoriesbythelake.com
Stevens Pass Ski Area 206-812-4510 See ad page 2
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WINERIES Lake Chelan Winery (Chelan) 509-687-9463 See ad page 7
Wapato Point Cellars (Manson) 509-687-4000 See ad page 7
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SNOWMOBILING Mountain Springs Lodge Guided Tours (Plain)
509-763-2713, 800-858-2276 www.mtsprings.com See ad page 6
SPECIALTY SHOPS Fromaggio Artisan Cheese Shoppe (Manson) 509-699-9362 See ad page 10
Children can enjoy a visit with Santa and get a scrumptious treat when they visit the Lake Chelan Valley. NCW Winter Recreation Guide 2011-12 • 15
A guide to winter recreation in North Central Washington from Steven's Pass, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Lake Chelan, to the lower Okanogan