Snow’s here, are you in? -Part 3

So now that you have skis, watched the videos to learn the basics, where do you go?  Well, luckily for you there are plenty of options.  Though like with mountain biking here in Washington you have to travel to get there.

Cabin Creek, Crystal Springs, and the Iron Horse Trail are the three places I’ve been too.  They are the closest and offer a good range of terrain.  Other areas that offer enough track and skating km’s include Stevens, Lake Wenatchee, and the Methow.

I-90/ Blewett

Cabin Creekmap

  • Tracks & skate lane 16 km
  • Sanitary facilities
  • Scenic view point
  • Shelter



Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with Seasonal Permitsee permit information)

Crystal Springsmap

  • Erling Stordahl Trails
  • Tracks & skate lane 20 kilometers
  • Lake Easton snowshoe trail 1 kilometer; dog-friendly trails
  • Shared with snowmobile users
  • Sanitary facilities
  • Shelter



Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with a Seasonal Sno-Park Permit or snowmobile Sno-Park Permit when engaging in a non-motorized sportsee permit information).

The Summit at Snoqualmiemap

  • 50k of groomed trails
  • Yurts
  • Warming huts
  • Summit facilities



Lots of trails.  Consistent grooming  and snow.To get to the majority of the trails requires you to ski all the way around the mountain or take a bus to the lift which takes you up to where the trails are higher up on the hill.  The benefit of this is that there is good snow earlier and later in the season.  Hopefully they will have the lift damaged in the landslide a few years ago fixed, which located right next to the nordic center, so taking the bus is no longer required.

Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with Seasonal Permitsee permit information)

Iron Horse Trailmap

It isnt a snow park but you can ski from Crystal Springs to Hyak on groomed trail or in tracks.

  • Tracks, skate lane 12.3 km
  • sanitary facilities



Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with Seasonal Permitsee permit information)

Lake Eastonmap

  • Tracks, skate lane 9.6 kilometers (first .6 mile of snowmobile trail runs beside ski trail).



Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with a Seasonal Sno-Park Permit or snowmobile Sno-Park Permit when engaging in a non-motorized sportsee permit information).

Salmon La Sacmap

  • Tracks, skate lane 6 kilometers
Shared with snowmobile users
  • scenic view points
  • sanitary facilities



Sno-Park Permit required during the season

Leavenworth/Chelan Area

Stevens Passmap

  • 16 groomed trails
  • 24.75 km (9.25 easy, 7.25 most difficult, and 8.25 most difficult)
  • Sanitary facilities



A little further drive from Seattle, but higher elevation than Snoqualmie pass, good grooming, so a good alternative if Snoqualmie is lacking snow.

Lake Wenatcheemap

Lake Wenatchee South

  • 30 kilometers south side
  • Nason Ridge trails
  • Snowshoe trail 8 kilometers



Lake Wenatchee North

  • Tracks 5 kilometers north side & ; skating lane



The South Park offers a tubing hill, designated snow play area and day-use area open for camping (additional fees may applysee Lake Wenatchee State Park web page. There is no tubing or snow play area in the North.

Nearby amenities: first aid, food, heated restrooms, overnight accommodations and ski and snowshoe rentals

Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with Seasonal Permitsee permit information)

Nason Ridgemap

  • Tracks, skate lane 28 kilometers
  • Alternate access to trails in Lake Wenatchee Sno-Park South Park area and Nason Ridge backcountry
  • Nearby amenities: first aid, food, heated restrooms, overnight accommodations and ski and snowshoe rentals



Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with Seasonal Permitsee permit information)

Chiwawamap

  • See & Ski Trail groomed for track and skate skiing (6.5 km)
  • Flying Loop (4.8 km)
  • Squirrel Run (4 km) trails are not groomed and are suitable for either skiers or snowshoers.
  • Sanitary facilities



Permits: Sno-Park Permit, Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker (required with Seasonal Permitsee permit information)

Leavenworth-Leavenworth ski/ tubing hillmap

  • 7k of more difficult terrain.  Good grooming, fun trails.
  • Food, beverages and warmth are available at the historic Ski Hill Lodge when the alpine hill is open.



The following are located in or around Leavenworth Icicle River Trails 8 km, Golf Course Trails 8 km, and Waterfront Park Trails 3 km.  26 km of total trails, 5 km of night skiing trails.

Rates

Chelan

Echo Ridgemap

  • 25 miles Track & groomed skate lanes
  • Warming hut
  • The daily rate for skiers 18 and over is $10 a day at the trail head. 17 and under ski free.


Methow Valley

(Mazama, Methow Sun Mountain,  and Rendezvous) 166km of trails!

Passes & Tickets

Methow Community Trailsmap

  • 24K Easiest
  • 6K More Difficult
  • 1K Most Difficult



Sun Mountain Trailsmap

  • 13K Easiest
  • 23K More Difficult
  • 18K Most Difficult



Mazama Trailsmap

  • 28K Easiest
  • 4K More Difficult
  • 1K Most Difficult



Rendezvous Trailsmap

  • 23K More Difficult
  • 25K Most Difficult


Greenwater/Yakima Area

1 Roadmap

  • Tracks 44 kilometers
  • Sanitary facilities
  • Huts and yurt rentals available (contact Mt. Tahoma Trails Association,www.skimtta.com)


  • Sno-Park Permit required during the season

    Road 92map

    • Tracks 28 km
    • Sanitary facilities, hut rentals available (contact Mount Tahoma Trails Association, www.skimtta.com)



    Sno-Park Permit required during the season

    Crow Lake Waymap

    • Tracks 11 km
    • Sanitary facilities



    Sno-Park Permit required during the season

    Goose Eggmap

    • Tracks, sporadic grooming



    Sno-Park Permit required during the season

    Hells Crossingmap

    • Tracks 11 kilometers; marked ungroomed trail
    • Sanitary facilities



    Sno-Park Permit required during the season

    North Fork Tietonmap

    • Tracks 20 kilometers; small stretch of marked ungroomed trail
    • Sanitary facilities; nearest public phone is at Silver Beach Resort.



    Sno-Park Permit required during the season

    Pleasant Valleymap

    • Tracks 11 kilometers; marked ungroomed route
    • Sanitary facilities



    Sno-Park Permit required during the season

    Portland

    Note: your Washington State Sno park pass will work in Oregon as well.

    Teacup Lakemap

    • Tracks and Skating lane 20 kilometers
    • Warming Hut
    • Sanitary facilities



    http://www.teacupnordic.org/index

    Great trail system.  Busy on the weekends.

    Mount Hood Meadowsmap

    • Tracks and Skating lane 15 kilometers
    • Warming Hut
    • Sanitary facilities

    http://www.skihood.com/The-Mountain/Nordic-Center

    Check out their schedule of races-  fun and well attended.
    Excellent grooming.  If Teacup is busy, drive a mile back up the road and you can find some wide freshly groomed trails.

    British Columbia

    http://www.bcnordic.com/Locations?id=4

    Skiing at Cyprus mountain will remind you that people in other countries laugh at what we consider a black diamond or expert run. They several beers on tap in the warming hut. Several trails would count as blue down hill ski runs here in the states.  Did I mention they sell beer in the warming hut, and that what they call a beginner trail is what we would consider expert.

    There are other places in the North Cascades to go and British Columbia but this wist will keep you busy for a while.  If I missed one that you feel should be on the list or have any information wrong make a comment.

    There are also numerous ungroomed locations throughout the state if backcountry is your thing. Map

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    Scatman

    Get out there!

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    Highlands

    Others to look at are:
    Salmon Ridge

    5 Comments

    1. drewbie says:

      Craig,

      Nice work on the winter sports info!!

      And now we shall wax.

      Luv Drewbie

    2. Scatman says:

      Thanks, I hope you found some useful information. Up next in a possible part 4, maybe biathlon info? Who likes guns…..

    3. Johnny O says:

      There is going to be a cross country ski camp on the Snoqualmie Nordic trails on Dec 18-19th. It looks like it is for beginners to advanced skiers:
      http://web.me.com/doug.mercer/QuintEssence_XC/Camp.html

    4. Scatman says:

      Great news! I’ve been wanting to do a clinic. Thanks

    5. drewbie says:

      Went to Cabin Creek on Sunday with Nic. I expected wet and marginal conditions. What we got were conditions that could not have been better for XC. 30 degrees and 4 inches of fresh atop previously groomed(We weren’t on the skates). I got my first chance to use my new gear recently purchased from the fine people at Second Ascent.

      We went to the road for the warm up and then took the short loop as speed and distance are a different animal on these classic things. We did however do a little backtracking and went up Ozbaldy. An excellent venture. We even went off trail and followed some tracks to what appeared to be a sweet look out. Unfortunately, tracks are always made by someone and this someone was still there so we opted out of disturbing them and continued on down. Nic kept it upright and I chose the rout of rolling down. Must sharpen those down hill skills!

      Two and a half hours well spent on great snow!

      So the conditions were supreme and I look forward to getting up on Thurs morn for a couple hours and hopefully on skates this time.

      Keep it up…

      …right that is

      luv drewbie