Chelan, WA— On March 13th, the Forest Service will stop charging winter season use fees at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area located on the Chelan Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Trail grooming, performed by the Lake Chelan Nordic Club, has ended as well, but there is still plenty of snow for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.
“Springtime brings some additional opportunities for people wanting to continue winter outdoor activities in the Chelan Valley,” said Chelan District Trails Specialist Ken Dull. “The grooming and fees have come to an end for the season, but we open all the trails up to other non-motorized uses like snowshoeing, hiking, and recreating with dogs.”
Many of the trails still have sufficient snow for skiing, and springtime warm sunny days should provide recreationists great weather to visit Echo Ridge in the coming weeks.
“This has been a really successful winter recreation season at Echo Ridge,” said Dull. “The Nordic area is becoming a favorite winter destination location. This is not only due to the beautiful location but also to the hard work of our partners, and all the season pass holders,” he said.
When traveling to Echo Ridge, visitors should always be prepared for winter driving conditions; be prepared for snow, ice and mud on forest roads.
For more information about the Echo Ridge Summer and Winter Trail System please contact the Chelan Ranger District at 509-682-4900.