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Stemilt Nordic Ski Area

Stemilt Nordic, a nascent Nordic center is emerging in the Stemilt basin.  This endeavor is possible only through the community-minded generosity of the private landowners, the Steffen and Mathison family, the cooperation of the Apple Country Snowmobile Club and the contributions in time and money from the Wenatchee Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation (WVNSEF).

The site is located at the Lily Lake Snowpark at milepost three on the Stemilt Loop Road, most easily reached by the Stemilt Creek Road on the Malaga Highway.  It is less than 11 miles from the old Appleyard and thus very convenient for Wenatchee skiers. The trails are located on the North side of the road and loop through beautiful Ponderosa Pine and Pinegrass habitat.  This location is ideal in that the snow will lie in here very well and the topography is amenable to excellent trail layout without any excavation work.  The elevation of the skiing is at 3,000 feet and should have adequate snow for a fairly lengthy season.  Of course, this will vary from year to year.

The trail layout is in two general loops similar in terrain to the Golf Course and Ski Hill trails in Leavenworth. One a more beginner/intermediate loop which winds its way through some open meadow and another more advanced loop which plunges down the north exposure of the area and has a fairly serious hill back to regain the beginner loop.  The trail marked 'Advanced' is indeed advanced and should not be attempted by beginners.  All hills except two short sections on the steeper trail should be climbable with classic wax without resorting to herring bone (although this will depend of course on the skier and conditions).  The trails have been signed by Teddy Thorson with arrows, difficulty rating and some instructional signage.   With a total distance is about 2.5 kilometers, the loop involves a little more than 400 feet of accumulated climb.  The trails will be groomed for both skate and classic, although some days may not have a classic track set depending on snow conditions.  Grooming will be done by the Apple Country Snowmobile Club and they will be reimbursed by the WVNSEF for their time. 

There is a long history of skiing in this area with Jack Owen training his Wenatchee team up here in the 60's and 70's.  Since then it has lain quiet in regards to Nordic skiing.  The potential in the Stemilt Basin for further skiing options/areas is limitless and it could easily become a Nordic venue capable of hosting regional and even national level events.

A SnoPark permit with the grooming stamp will be needed to ski the trails and if you enjoy the trails a tax deductible contribution would be welcomed to the WVNSEF.  Currently all grooming costs and equipment for grooming is being funded by volunteer contributions from the community, kids volunteering at community events in return for contributions to WVNSEF, and volunteer trail labor.