(Leavenworth, WA) The lingering snow pack is good news for cross-country skiers who utilize the Stevens Pass Nordic Center, but snowmobilers will need to wait a few more weeks before access is allowed into the Mill Creek area.
The Stevens Pass Nordic Center will remain open for operations through Sunday, April 22nd. Monday, April 23rd is the first day that access to snowmobiles will be allowed in the Mill Valley/Nordic Center area.
“We would like to remind snowmobilers that upper portions of Mill Creek are located within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which is closed to all motorized travel,” said Bob Stoehr, Wenatchee River Ranger District Resource Assistant. “Please be aware of resort and Wilderness boundaries, this will enable all recreationists to have a safer and higher quality experience,” he added.The Stevens Pass Resort will continue operating the “frontside” of the alpine ski area including the Tye Mill Chair until May 6th. From April 23 to May 6th the upper Gemini ski run will be closed to snowmobiles on days the alpine area is open.
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