The Echo-Loppet is a 26-mi non-competitive ski touring event that showcases the Echo Ridge Winter Recreation Area 10 miles North of Chelan Washington. The event is divided into loops of 12 miles, 18 miles and the full 26-mile “Echo-Thon Challenge” tour to accommodate a variety of participants. The course will be supported with break stations at 4 different trail junctions and takes place during the Chelan Winterfest weekend. The event is organized by the Lake Chelan Rotary to raise funds supporting local and international projects.
- Friday Night No-Host Reception and Registration at Vin-Du-Lac Winery
- Course Supported with 4 Break Stations--Chile feed hosted by the Chelan High School Interact Club
- Apres-Ski Bon-Fire Bash at Chelan Rentals Resort at the base of Echo Ridge
The Echo Ridge Winter Recreation Area is a network of interconnecting loops covering a variety of terrain and trails vary in width and difficulty. The Chelan Rotary Loppet runs all of the trails in 4 legs that are progressively more remote and challenging.
Leg #1 and Leg #2 make up the 12 Mile Loppet. These trails are groomed for skating or classic style skiers. Leg #1 runs around the easiest trails over rolling terrain before returning to the start line. The Leg #2 makes a long tour around the perimeter of Echo Ridge before returning again to the start.
Leg #3 adds six miles of trails intermediate to more difficult groomed primarily for classic skiers. These are generally narrower trails that can accomodate skate skies but in some areas the groomed platform may be quite narrow.
The 4th Leg has been dubbed the Echo-Thon Challenge. The leg begins about halfway around Leg #3 and leads out the most remote areas of Echo Ridge. These are the most difficult trails, with about 1000 feet of elveation gain and loss over 8 miles. This leg returns to complete Leg #3 for the return to the finish.