As the temperature drops and the Wenatchee Valley landscape transforms into a glistening winter wonderland, novices and seasoned adventurers can find a plethora of snow sports and activities to partake in. From the adrenaline-pumping rush of downhill skiing to the serene charm of snowshoeing, Wenatchee offers an array of activities that cater to every snow seeker's desires.
Embark on your downhill skiing escapade at Mission Ridge, a premier destination that boasts unparalleled valley vistas and pristine slopes. Carved into the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, Mission Ridge Ski Resort entices thrill-seekers of all skill levels with its diverse terrain. From novice-friendly bunny slopes to challenging black diamond backcountry trails, this winter playground offers 2,000 skiable acres and drier snowfall than the western side of the state, guaranteeing a powder-packed adventure.
For those yearning to forge a path on foot through the snow-covered wonderland, snowshoeing in Wenatchee Valley is a quintessential winter experience. Traverse the tranquil trails of the Clara Lake trail or explore the enchanting landscapes of Squilchuck State Park, just a stone’s throw from Wenatchee. If you don’t have your own, try renting snowshoes from Arlberg Sports, and get ready to immerse yourself in the serene beauty of snow-laden forests and breathtaking ridgelines.
Cross-country skiing in the valley has been up-and-coming in the last couple of years with more groomed, flat runs for Nordic skiers. You can head up to Plain Valley or Chiwawa Sno Park for miles and miles of trail with river views, and routes along Lake Wenatchee.
You can also stay closer to downtown Wenatchee at the previously mentioned Squilchuck State Park for cross-country skiing and a myriad of other snow-centric activities. Here, you can go fat tire snow biking, snowshoeing, and engage in family snow play. Accessing the park is a breeze, making it an ideal spot for an adventure-packed day trip. The park boasts easily accessible snowshoeing or skiing through frosty forests, just 20 minutes away from downtown.
From the eastern border of Squilchuck State Park, fat tire bikers can follow old roads leading up into the Stemilt Basin. Along this route, spectacular views of the surroundings unfold as you ascend, providing glimpses of miles of snowed-over roads near Upper Wheeler and SpringHill reservoirs.
Whether you have or haven’t enjoyed many of the activities winter has to offer, Wenatchee is a great place to get your feet wet (with snow😉). Plan your winter getaway; there's an adventure for every snow enthusiast in the Wenatchee Valley!