Loup Loup Ski Bowl
January 28, 2015
$40 midweek lift tickets each ($45 on weekends and holidays)
We drove up to Loup Loup Ski Bowl on Wednesday of our honeymoon trip to the Methow Valley. Loup Loup is the Okanogan’s local non-profit ski hill and offers about 1200′ of vertical and 500 acres of terrain. The best part about Loup Loup is the small ski hill feel and great value. Our hosts at the Chewuch Inn were able to give us 25% off vouchers so our tickets ended up being only $30 each!
As we pulled up to the Loup under sunny skies we were impressed by the size of it – we expected something smaller. We easily found a parking spot about 200′ from the lodge and joined the handful of other cars there for midweek skiing. Within minutes we were on the single quad chairlift that takes you to the top! Having a single chairlift works well for the mountain because it is laid out like a “bee-hive.” There is also a rope-tow and POMA lift that accesses the beginner terrain.
Fortunately, Loup Loup has had decent snow so far this year – better than last year when they weren’t able to operate until President’s day weekend. Unfortunately, the conditions weren’t stellar on the day we visited. It had not snowed in a week or so and the warm daytime temps and sunny skies had put the snow through many freeze-thaw cycles resulting in icy hardpack. We knew it would be like this in advance, got a late start to wait for the snow to warm up, and stuck to the sunnier side of the hill (Ridge Run on skier’s right).
We lasted about 5 runs or so before calling it a day. Even though the conditions weren’t great, we had a wonderful time soaking up the sun and enjoying Loup Loup. We only skied a couple of the twenty runs and with good snow the Loup would be a blast. We are looking forward to venturing up to Loup Loup the next time we are in the Methow Valley!