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January 9, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Winter festivals in Chelan and Leavenworth are short of snow

Fire and ice combine during a previous Winterfest at Lake Chelan. (photo by Sy Stepanov)

Fire and ice (an ice sculpture) combine during a previous Winterfest at Lake Chelan. (photo by Sy Stepanov)

Washington’s light-snow winter is taking its toll on snow-dependent recreation across the state, and now it’s starting to infringe on some popular winter festivals as well.

Community festivals in Chelan, this weekend and next, and Leavenworth, Jan. 18-19, have been forced to cancel some ski and snowshoe events because of insufficient snow, though other entertainment is going ahead as planned.

Leavenworth is considering trucking in snow from Stevens Pass, or borrowing a large snow-making gun from Mission Ridge Ski Area, to provide some snow for its Bavarian Icefest.

“We need some nice, good, clean snow” for a snow sculpture event and a Downtown Rail Jam snowboard and ski demonstration, said Jessica Robinson, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce media director. She said Leavenworth has previously tried both the trucking and snow-making options — trucking snow for a winter festival, and snow-making for a film production.

The festival has already canceled two events in affiliation with the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.

Chelan’s two-weekend Winterfest Fire and Ice Festival has canceled this weekend’s snowshoe events but is going ahead with non-weather-dependent activities such as an Alefest, ice sculpting, a beach bonfire and fireworks. Canceled events include “snowga,” which combines snowshoeing and yoga.

Organizers are watching and waiting before making a decision on canceling similar events for Jan. 17-19.

“We had a small dusting of snow last night and we may have some additional snow in the forecast in the coming week, but they are also calling for some rain, so we are hopeful the weather cooperates,” Mike Steele, chamber of commerce director, said in an email Thursday.

Check the festivals’ websites (linked above) for further information on cancellations.

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