2008 Echo Ridge
The view from Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area was stunning on Saturday afternoon, the trails were groomed to perfection, the snow was fluffy and easy to ski on, and the new Yurt was a warm and inviting place to finish the day.
Echo Ridge is still undiscovered
By Richard Uhlhorn
The sun was out, the sky was blue and the weather was 10° warmer on Saturday, December 27, which made the outside temperature just around 20° F. when we arrived at in the Echo Ridge parking lot around 2 p.m.
There were a lot of cars in both the lower and upper parking lots, but based on past experience, Carmen (my skiing partner) and I probably wouldn’t see more than five to 10 of them during our outing.
Starting out at the new Yurt on No-Where-To-Hide trail we skied out to the connector road and the beginning of Echo Ridge’s newest trails, “Big Critter.” This trail would probably be easier coming in the other direction, but having never been on it, we skied it to High Five Junction, took Morning Glory back to Grand Junction and then back to the Yurt where we spent 20 minutes warming up and talking to Tim and Tracy Hollingsworth.
While out on the trails, Carmen and I saw only five other skiers. It has always amazed me to see a full parking lot, but very few people out on the actual trails.
By the time we got to Big Critter, it looked like only two other skiers had skied it Saturday. However, from Grand Junction in, the trails were well used and in need of grooming.
Towards the end of the afternoon, with the sun sinking in the West and turning the snow golden, Carmen stopped to take in the incredible view from the well used Chickadee trail.
Having not seen the completed Yurt yet, Carmen and I checked it out.
The Yurt was made possible by a number of private donations equaling around $2,000, a $2,000 grant from the Chelan Rotary, a $500 donation from the Lake Chelan Recreation Foundation and a $1,000 donation from Campbell’s Resort and a lot of donated volunteer labor to build the decking and then put up the Yurt itself.
It will be a wonderful stopping off place for skiers needing a place to relax before heading back to Chelan.
If you haven’t been to Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area this winter, give it a try. Cost is $10 per day for adults 18 and up, or $70 for a season pass which is available at the Chelan Ranger District. All proceeds help maintain the trails throughout the winter.
The new Echo Ridge Yurt
Tracy Hollingsworth and Carmen Andonaegui relaxing in the warmth of the new Yurt at Echo Ridge.