Skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dogsleds…you name it and the Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee areas have it all. Whether you and your loved one want to spend the day downhill skiing or snowmobiling, or taking the leisurely approach with cross county skiing or a dinner sleigh ride through downtown Leavenworth or if you just prefer to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and never leave your suite, Pine River Ranch is your destination retreat. There’s a wonderland world of sights, sounds and activities to enjoy when you enjoy Leavenworth winter activities.
Leavenworth Winter Activities – Things to See and Do:
Cross Country Skiing
“The Stevens Pass-to-Lake Wenatchee-to-Leavenworth corridor is a Nordic skiing Shangri-la.” The News Tribune
Lake Wenatchee State Park Sno Park: Located 1 mile from the Ranch, 4 loop trails, 15 miles of Groomed Cross Country Ski and snowshoe trails. Info at Lake Wenatchee Ranger Station at 509-763-3103
Nason View Trail: Starts from the Kahler Glen Golf Course (Only 1 mile from Pine River Ranch) and goes just above Nason Creek…make sure to look down at the Pine River Ranch from the trail.
Chiwawa Snow Park: Look for blue diamond trailblazes. The Sea & Ski Trail is about 5 miles & follows along the Wenatchee River.
Flying Loop Trail: Climbs 600 feet (for experiences skiers) and has views of Entiat Ridge, Chiwaukum Mountains and the Plain Valley. Sno-Park permits are easily purchased at the Ranger Station, local grocery stores, Kahler Glen Golf Course & on the weekends at the State Park.)
Plain Valley: Ski Plain! Over 20K of groomed skate and classic cross country ski trails! Easy terrain for beginners. Challenging, wooded trails for advanced skiers. Ski trail maps online at SkiPlain.com. Purchase passes at Plain Hardware. Kids 6 and under, ski for FREE!
Stevens Pass Nordic Center: Located 15 miles from Pine River Ranch is the where on weekends you can find cross country ski and snowshoe rentals, lessons, 25k of trails, food and a small lodge. Call 206-812-4510 or 509-782-5516.
Squirrel Run Trail: an easy rolling trip through mostly forested areas, crosses snowmobile trails often, use caution. (snowmobile trails are marked with orange trailblazes)
Leavenworth Winter Sports Club: 24 km of groomed trails in Leavenworth at the Leavenworth golf course, at ski hill, near the Icicle River and at the waterfront near downtown Leavenworth 509-548-5115
Downhill Skiing near Leavenworth, WA
Stevens Pass: About 20 minutes from Pine River you’ll find some of the best downhill skiing in the state. Visit us at the main house for discounted lift tickets! Hotlines 206-634-1645 or 509-782-5516
Mission Ridge Ski Area: About 60 miles east of the ranch. On a clear day, enjoy a great view of the Wenatchee area. One of the best areas around for dry snow.
Ski Hill: The original owners of the Pine River Ranch helped contribute to the development of a ski jump located at Ski Hill. It was used for training by the early US Olympic ski jumpers. The hill is accessed by two rope tows and maintained by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. Visit www.skileavenworth.com or call 509-548-7718 for info.
You can snow shoe right off your back porch at Pine River Ranch. We have state of the art snowshoes for every guest here that are free to use. Strap them on at your leisure. We’ll give you a quick lesson if you like and give you tips on enjoying the valley. There is nothing like the quiet and solitude of trekking through the snow.
Eagle Creek Ranch: Mountain snows transform the ranch for a season of horse-drawn sleigh rides. Glide through meadow and woods on a large group sleigh pulled by a handsome team of Belgian or Percheron draft horses. Or, share a romantic ride in a small private sleigh with that special someone. Either way, you’ll be glad for the warm provided blankets on your 1.8 mile tour (around 35 minutes) of this scenic mountain valley. 509- 548-7798
If you have your own sleds just let me know and I can give you an abundant range of trails for every skill level within a couple of miles from Pine River Ranch. Need to rent? Check out:
Cascade Hideaway Resort: Offers snowmobile rentals near Fish Lake. 509-763-5104
Leavenworth and Wenatchee Community Events
Oktoberfest: An annual festival spanning the month of October where Leavenworth honors it’s Bavarian roots and transforms the town with live music, German food and drinks and activities for the whole family.
Other Leavenworth Winter Activities
Applets & Cotlets 509-782-2191 117 Mission Ave., Cashmere. Continuous 15-minute tours, charming country store, plus free samples!
Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village: 509-782-3230, Cashmere. Pioneer, natural and Native American history and artifacts. The pioneer village includes actual pioneer cabins and furnishings.
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts: Enjoy seeing some of the best films, plays, musical, dance, and more of the arts in North Central Washington. Icicle Creek has an event for all tastes and is a great way to spend your evening, or day, in town.
Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery: 509-548-7641 Icicle Road Leavenworth Exhibits that identify the fish and describe their environmental needs
Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum: 509-548-4708 735 Front St, Leavenworth The only all-nutcracker museum in the US, nutcrackers from the 15th century to present times.
Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center: 509-664-3340 127 S. Mission St. Wenatchee A cultural center and museum with programs and exhibits focusing on history, natural history, art and cultural heritage of the people of North Central Washington.
Ohme Gardens: 509-662-5785 3327 Ohme Rd. Wenatchee Nationally acclaimed 9-acre alpine garden perched high on a rocky bluff above the Columbia River. Stone pathways, spectacular views, pools, waterfalls Apr. 15-Oct. 15 daily.
Rocky Reach Dam Visitor’s Center: Highway 97-A, Wenatchee Interpretive museum, fish ladder, fish-viewing room, café & gift shop.