Top 5 Winter Activities in Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan is gorgeous year-round, but when winter arrives, Chelan transforms into a true winter wonderland. If you’re visiting Lakeside Lodge and Suites during the winter months, consider checking out some of these activities.


Winterfest is undoubtedly one of the best festivals in Lake Chelan. In 2019, the fest runs from January 18th – 27th. During Winterfest, you’ll find plenty of winter entertainment for all ages. Adults over 21 can enjoy alcohol-related activities such as Wine Walk, Alefest, Bubble Bar, and the Battle of the Bloody Mary. Food lovers will eat up Soupfest, a competition between local restaurants to decide whose soup is the best (and with all these delicious soups, the tasters always win!). The more adventurous can participate in the Polar Bear Splash and jump into the icy water of Lake Chelan. Afterwards, warm up by a bonfire and enjoy a fireworks display. Other activities include ice sculpting, horse carriage rides, live music, ice slides, and more! Regardless of whom you’re traveling with, everyone will experience a flurry of fun at Winterfest!


Lakeside Lodge and Suites is located in the No. 1 snowmobiling region in Washington State. There are hundreds of miles of gorgeous trails just outside our doors, and riders from all over visit in early December to experience these trails. Once you snowmobile here, you won’t be able to resist returning year after year!


 The Lake Chelan Valley is an ideal destination for both cross-country and downhill skiers. Nearby Echo Valley Ski & Tubing Area is the premiere ski resort in Chelan. Here you’ll find ski runs for all ability levels, making it ideal for families. If you’re more of a cross-country skier, you can explore the trails on Echo Valley’s 70+ acres of ski terrain.


Also located at nearby Echo Valley are runs for snow tubing. Slide down the hills on snow tubes with your whole family—this activity is great for all ages. Since they supply the tubes, all you need to come prepared with are warm clothes and a sense of excitement!

Indoor Activities

While we love being outdoors, we understand that not everyone does. Luckily, at Lakeside Lodge and Suites, you can enjoy the gorgeous views from inside your cozy room. And if you do want to leave the lodge, Lake Chelan offers many options for indoor fun. Visit the Ruby Theater and experience its unique balance of history and modern comforts while watching the newest movies. The theater first opened in 1914 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. If movies aren’t your thing, check out the Chelan Lanes bowling alley for some friendly competition. Chelan Lanes offers standard bowling throughout the week, and also has a restaurant so you can dine while you play. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the alley has Cosmic Bowling, bringing a new level of fun to your game. Chelan also is home to several shops and boutiques in the downtown area, and you could spend all day browsing and buying the different trinkets and treasures in Chelan stores.
Whether you love exploring the outdoors or prefer to stay inside, Lake Chelan in the winter has something for everyone! And after a full day of fun, indulge in some of the delicious dining nearby. Book your stay at Lakeside Lodge and Suites today to experience Chelan’s winter wonderland.
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