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p. 31: Ninety-six people lost their lives in the Wellington disaster on March 1, 1910. Only twenty-two survived.

p. 176: Bill and Peg Stark made their first visit to the Enchantment Lakes in 1959 and returned every autumn for over thirty years, applying names to the area from Scandinavian legends. They also visited the Enchantments in winter on skis and snowshoes. Skiing in the backcountry led them to create the Scottish Lakes Nomad Ski Camps in the Coulter Creek-McCue Ridge-Chiwaukum Range area.

p. 177: Walter Anderson, a ranger for the Forest Service, promoted the idea of ski jumping at Leavenworth. He had won a silver cup for jumping in Cle Elum in 1928. Anderson wrote an article in The Leavenworth Echo, displayed the trophy in the newspaper's window, and canvassed the town to get support for the project. The first annual Pacific Northwest Championship ski jumping tournament was staged on the ski hill in late February, 1930. It attracted the largest crowd ever to assemble in Leavenworth to that date. A Great Northern train brought in 200 people and over 1,000 cars were driven in for the event. The last Pacific Northwest tournament was held in Leavenworth in 1978.

p. 178: In 1939 the Wenatchee Ski Club sponsored a ski area on Wheeler Hill on the L.V. Cockrum property. They put in a 1200-foot rope tow and a temporary shelter. It operated about two years. A rope tow was installed at Squilchuck in 1946. In 1948 the site became a state park and a road was built as well as a lodge. The opening of Mission Ridge in 1966 relegated Squilchuck to second-class status as a ski area. The Badger Mountain Ski Club was created in 1938 by a group of poker-playing skiers who were pressed by the women of Waterville to do something constructive for the town. They created a ski hill on Badger Mountain, which attracted skiers from Wenatchee, Ephrata, Entiat and the Grand Coulee. There was also a ski hill near Entiat and at Echo Valley near Chelan. At the time of this book's publication, efforts to build major new ski areas at Early Winters in the Methow Valley and at Stormy Mountain near Chelan are under way.

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