Winter is here, Christmas is around the corner, and everyone wants to know... Is it ski season yet in Leavenworth?
It depends on who you ask.
Here is the round up of local ski areas from West to East.
Stevens Pass Ski Area
Stevens Pass opened the lifts on Thursday December 18th for the 2008-9 season. You can get current conditions and webcams at www.stevenspass.com
Allyson and I have seasons passes at Stevens so if you see a hotdog skier dragging some long legged bumbly on telemark skis through the bumps, come say hi.
Stevens Pass Nordic Ski Center
Stevens Pass Nordic Center is opening their trails on Saturday December 20. They have 30" as of this morning and more on the way. Generally they are open Thursday-Sunday, but all week through the holidays.
Lake Wenatchee State Park (and Kahler Glen)
I got an email from the park on Friday afternoon.
The snow is falling and it's time to start thinking about winter recreation. As of today, Lake Wenatchee has received 22" of very dry snow, which has settled down to the current depth of approximately 12". The snow is too thin and dry for machine grooming at this time. We did try some limited "track packing" in the North Park today, but were occasionally catching roots and rocks (potentially damaging to the equipment) and found that the dry snow will not pack sufficiently. Until we receive more snow (forecasted for late Sunday), users can ski, snowshoe, and sled on all ungroomed surfaces.
The park is accessible, with plowed roads and open restroom facilities. Sno Park Permits will be required beginning this Saturday, December 20th.
If you want to get email reports from Lake Wenatchee State Park send a message to Mailto:EAWENA@PARKS.WA.GOV
Leavenworth Mountain Sports Club (Leavenworth Ski Hill, Fish Hatchery, et al)
Mission Ridge ski area had a limited opening last weekend. They made quite a bit of man made snow and certainly this weekend's storm should help them open some more trails. www.missionridge.com