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Leavenworth Skiers Lament Early Spring

Posted by Geordie Romer on February 17, 2010

An Early Spring in Leavenworth

Lake Wenatchee State Park sent out this email earlier in the week which says what we skiers had feared:
Probable end to grooming for the season . . .
Current Conditions: Nason Ridge – first 3-4k have some significant thin and/or dirty spots . . . which will continue to degrade this week. Patience with this will pay off since the remaining 15 k is in good shape! The North Park continues to offer fairly good skiing in the camp loops. The South Park and shoreline trails of the North are in poor condition with too little snow for grooming.
Note forecast this week for rain, then sun with high temps in the mid forties likely will force us to end grooming. Although Upper Nason will be in good shape, access will likely no longer be possible by snowcat.
South Park: No more grooming unless a turnaround in the weather.
Nason Ridge: Lower and Upper Nason groomed yesterday. Good conditions after first few km. Grooming probably over for season.
North Park: No more grooming unless a turnaround in the weather. Decent skiing in the upper trails.
Chiwawa See & Ski: Insufficient snow for grooming this trail due to side slope, ruts, southern exposure.
The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club has the same message on their page concerning skiing at Icicle Creek, the Leavenworth Golf Course and Leavenworth’s Ski Hill:
“We are done Grooming for the season. Thank You for sharing the winter season with the LWSC”
But there is some good news for skiers:

Stevens Pass Nordic Center is Open Thur-Sunday with a 41″ base.
Both Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge downhill areas are still open and Mission Ridge is reporting higher than normal snowfall.
High snowfall at Mission Ridge means good conditions for the  Hog Loppet Ski Tour (still time to register!)


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