by Richard Uhlhorn
Echo Valley and Echo Ridge were relatively quiet on Monday afternoon, January 15, after a busy WinterFest weekend.
Sunday was a huge day on the Tubing Hill. Tube Hill manager, Tom Trimble said, “On Sunday we had all 30 large tubes and the 20 small tubes in use with people lined up waiting for a tube.” The rush went on for over three hours.
On Monday, there were approximately 20 to 25 people tubing, and all were having a great time.
Keith Carpenter, owner of Lakeland Ski Shop, said that it was beautiful on the hill Saturday and Sunday. “We were busy,” he said. “WinterFest negatively affects us on Saturday because everyone is downtown, but on Sunday, we were packed.”
Up at Echo Ridge, Bruce Willett remarked that both the lower and upper parking lots were full of cars on Sunday.
Late on Monday afternoon, the skiers were mostly locals getting a last ski in before the end of the three day weekend.
WinterFest starts all over again this coming Friday in Manson beginning at 5 p.m. with Apple Bin Train Rides. The Bottle Shop will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the Lake Chelan Brewers & Distillers will be on hand, sponsored by the Manson Chamber of Commerce.
On Saturday (10:30 a.m.), Lynda Kennedy once again has her Snowga event at Echo Ridge for those individuals who want to add some winter into their Yoga regime.
The Manson Ale Fest will take place all day in Manson and the Ice Tower Lighting will start at 6:30 p.m. Unfortunately, the Wish Lanterns will not take place because of new fire regulations.
So, mark your calendars and head out to Manson for more WinterFest activities this coming weekend.