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January 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Snow-light Leavenworth throws a January luau

The Chelan County town of Leavenworth, with no snow for this weekend’s annual Bavarian Icefest,  is “making lemonade” with “our first, and perhaps last, Bavarian Ice Luau,” announced Jessica Robinson of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Temperatures around 50 degrees late this week in the Cascade Mountains town have helped scuttle plans to truck in lots…

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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,

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