Lake Chelan is more than a lake. The Lake Chelan Valley bursts with wintertime fun. Attend Washington’s largest winter festival, snowboard or ski down the slopes of Echo Valley, take a trip up to beautiful Stehekin for peace and serenity or sip and savor next to a crackling fireplace at one of our many local wineries.
Lake Chelan Winterfest
Few events during the cold months epitomize big time fun with small town charm like our annual winter party. During two weekends in January, you’ll find ice sculptures a plenty right downtown, wine walks and ale tasting, a torchlight parade, polar bear splash and bonfire on the lake, capped off by fireworks reflecting off the snow. It’s a magic getaway for lovebirds and families alike. (http://www.lakechelanwinterfest.com/)
We don’t have to travel hours to find great skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling…it’s all just up the hill. Echo Valley beckons downhill fans with a rope tow, runs for all skills, and a healthy dose of small town charm. Echo Ridge’s miles of trails will thrill cross country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts with panoramic views of the lake usually paired with one of our 300 days of sunshine. Both of these options are less than 15 minutes from town, accessible for nearly every kind of car.
Winter and Wine Make a Perfect Pair
Look up the definition of “cozy” in your dictionary, and you’ll likely see a picture of Lake Chelan revelers toasting the cold months as snow falls outside their window. Make a day of it, rent a car service, and sample all the valley has to offer, from the caves of Karma Vineyards on the South Shore to Wapato Point Cellars tucked in Manson. It is a time separate from the bustle of the summer season, and chances are you’ll have the winemaker all to yourself as he or she shares their passion and craft with you.
Stehekin in Winter is Magical
Want to find perfect solitude? Try this perfect day trip: bring a backpack filled with wine, cheese, and a very good book. Board the “Lady of the Lake” in the morning, and enjoy the views on your 4-hour trip to Stehekin. Once there, marvel at the scenery, thrill at the silence, and indulge in a glass of what you brought. Then, an hour and a half later, board the boat and finish that book you started on your way down to civilization.