Area 51 Nordic- Top Secret XC area
Experience what the local folks have known for sometime, that there is an excellent top secret cross country trail systemjust 30 minutes from Winthrop at the top of Loup Loup Pass (Hwy 20). A true hidden treasure with opportunities for the beginner to the most experienced skier. All of our trails start at the Loup Loup Ski area Base lodge so there is always a warm day lodge, food service, and bathrooms ready to help get you started or welcome you back from your nordic adventure
XC Skate ski and Touring- Area 51 trails are different from the highly manicured MVSTA Methow valley trail system. Area 51 trails are well groomed, but the emphasis is more on having an XC adventure in an alpine environment. Several of our longer Bear Mtn loops will take 2 to 3 hours so be prepared. We have shorter, flatter loops leaving from the base lodge as well for those of you looking for a 30 to 40 minute loop.
Snowshoers: Area 51 is open to snow shoers on designated trails ( Short Loop, Flat Loop, and multi use trail. Please check in at the ticket window to purchase a trail pass and and trek, along the side of the ski tracks.
Dogs- Area 51 is open to responsible dog owners and their dogs..on designated trails only (Flat Loop, Short Loop and multi use trail connecting to So Summit) . Please check in at the ticket window for owners responsibility code and to purchase a trail pass.
Fat Bikers-Flat Loop, Short Loop and multi use trail Area 51 are open to Fat Bikes..please check at the ticket window for approved routes, rider responsibility code, and to purchase a trail pass.
To get to Loup Loup Pass, travel Washington State Highway 20 heading west out of Okanogan for 18 miles or east from Twisp for 12 miles. You will reach the summit of the Loup Loup Pass, elevation 4,020 feet. To get to the Loup Loup Ski area base lodge and the Loup Loup ski Area Trail system, left off Hwy 20 at the summit and follow signs for Loup Loup Ski Area (about 1 mile).
Area 51 Nordic ski trails begin at the Loup Loup Ski Area. Parking is free and so is the use of our day lodge and bathrooms. XC tickets is just $15 full day and $10 half day. Rentals are available at the ski shop. The ticket office and day lodge (with bathrooms) open at 8:30 and you must have either a XC season pass or a day pass to access the Area 51 trail system. The area closes down at 4 PM and the gate is locked at 4:30. We groom and maintaiin 23K of trails.You will have the option to ski our easy (Flat Loop and Easy Loop) or take on the more challenging loops that climb and then descend the flanks of Bear Mountain with a vertical rise potential of over 1,000 feet.
South Summit Trails are usually groomed on Friday -check Wa State Parks website for more information
For the South Summit Sno-Park Nordic ski area turn off at the summit and travel on forest road #41, 1/3 of a mile south until you reach the Sno-park parking area. A seasons pass (per vehicle) is $40.00, or a day pass is $20.00. Your Sno-park pass covers the cost to ski the 46 km of trails. For more information on Washington State Winter Recreation program visit their site at www.parks.wa.gov .
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