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Snow!

Elk Ridge Snow

Just a few days left until Christmas and Elk Ridge is beginning to look like a winter wonderland!  With a little more then 2 new FEET of snow on the ground, it would be hard not to get in the spirit of the season.  Lights hung, presents wrapped and a perfect little trail leading to an untouched meadow is just waiting for kids to arrive this weekend!

A few people have reached out via phone or Facebook to inquire what kinds of activities there are here in the winter.  So, besides the obvious “play in the snow”, here are a little more specifics for those interested in visiting our area this season.

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Elk Ridge is surrounded by several Washington State snowmobile sno-parks and is literally right across the street from the Nile sno-park, commonly known as Bald Mountain.  For information about snowmobiling in our area, please see the link below:

http://parks.state.wa.us/439/Greenwater-Yakima#

Earlier this week we took a 15 minute drive into the town of Naches and stopped at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a produce stand turned sporting goods shop this time of year.  In addition to renting skis to be used on the slopes of White Pass (a 50 minute drive from Elk Ridge), you can also rent snow shoes by the day for just $12 and explore countless trails nearby.

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If your idea of “fun” is a little less sporty you can hang back at camp, roast marshmallows by the fire and just take in the stillness of the mountain.  Or, schedule an appointment for a therapeutic massage in the Spa at Elk Ridge.  Short day-trips can be taken to the local feeding stations where big-horn sheep are fed in the late morning, as are Elk in the early afternoon.  Afterward take a stroll through town and stop for cinnamon rolls at the bakery or take the family out to pizza.  And, don’t forget, the Yakima valley is home to over 100 wineries (and several breweries), many of which host tastings in the winter months.

The list could go on, but we firmly believe that:

  1. Doing nothing IS doing something
  2. Your imagination will point you in right direction
  3. Once you get here, you may not want to leave!

We wish many blessings to each and every one of you this Christmas and New Year.  Whether your travels lead you to sunny destinations like Hawaii or Mexico this winter, or you consider a mountain getaway to play in the snow with us, we pray that peace, love and light will follow you.

 

Happiest of Holidays from all of us at Elk Ridge!

 

Julie, Tim, Bob and Chloe

chinook closed

We are open!

chinook closed

With an amazing Thanksgiving weekend behind us and the end of hunting season around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to sit down by the fire with a cup of coffee and express a few words of gratitude.  With the help and support from our friends and members of the community, we successfully served a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings to 35 people and kicked off an unforgettable weekend for our campers of football, snow and bow-hunting.  We could not have accomplished it without the help of all the potato peelers, dish washers, turkey fryers, roll bakers and empty tummies.  So, from our home to yours, THANK YOU for being a part of the memories made this season!

Traditionally, at this time of year, Elk Ridge would be getting ready to go into hibernation for the rest of winter.  Chinook Pass has closed for the season and the Nile Valley will be changing from a bustling headquarters for hunting into a dormant winter refuge.  This year, however, will be different.  As new, full-time residents of Elk Ridge Campground, we are excited to spread the news that we will be staying open all year; We are open!

We are already booking reservations for Christmas and New Years, and are hoping for continued snow to fall to provide play space for outdoor adventurers and snow sport enthusiasts.

Additionally, we are “open” for scheduling massage appointments at our campground!  We have transformed one of our cabins (“Mom’s Place”) into a tranquil space for me to do what I do best :) and Saturday marked the grand opening of the Spa at Elk Ridge.  As a massage practitioner of 15 years, I am excited to bring my practice to our home and provide massage therapy to our campground guests and residents of Nile Valley.  Currently, I am working with other talented professionals to create spa weekend getaways, bridal packages, health retreats and more.  So…… please be looking for updates and announcements on on our Facebook page (facebook.com/spaatelkridge) and website (elkridgecampground.com).

“We are open” is a phrase with great significance this year.  We are open this winter when Elk Ridge is normally closed.  Our spa is now open and available for appointments.  And lastly, we are open to your ideas and suggestions.  Please let us know the winter activities you like to do so we can provide a getaway for you and your family to come to Elk Ridge and play.

Happy Trails (and holidays),

Julie