By Steve Maher
LAKE WENATCHEE — This Saturday’s Moose Dewlap Citizen Trek is on, although the course has been shortened a bit.
Despite low snow levels throughout the Cascades, there is enough snow in the Meadow Creek area near Lake Wenatchee for the inaugural cross-country ski trek to go forward.
The length has been shortened from 26 miles to 16.5 miles and the official start will take place at the Fish Lake Sno-Park rather than at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club.
“The snow is good and the weather is going to be great,” said Mark Milliette, general manager of the Leavenworth Winter Ski Club, which is putting on the event. “And the little bit shorter course will appeal to more people.
“(We have) mostly two feet of snow, wall to wall, all the way up and all the way around,” Milliette said of the snow on the course.
Registration will take place from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Road.
Participants who choose not to drive to the Fish Lake Sno-Park will be shuttled from the recreation club, a distance of 3.5 miles, beginning at 7 a.m. All participants must be on the trail by 8:30 a.m.
A shuttle will be available afterwards for those who need a ride back to the recreation club.
Milliette said Moose Dewlap’s location — the Meadow Creek area is in a traditionally snowy part of the Cascades that is sheltered from high winds and avalanches — bodes well for the event’s future.
“On a year like this — the worst snow year in probably the last 60 years — that there is still enough snow to pull it off, says a lot,” he said.