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Olympic National Park waives Hurricane Ridge entrance fees for last two weekends in March

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
March 16, 2010 3:44 pm

Entrance fees to Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge will be waived during the last two weekends this month. The $15 fee will be waived Saturday, Sunday and March 27–28.

Entrance fees will still apply at other park entrances; camping fees will remain in effect at the Heart O’the Hills campground.

“We understand the importance of Hurricane Ridge to our local and regional community, including anyone interested in snow sports, and we recognize the impact caused by the recent landslide and road closure,” Superintendent Karen Gustin said in a news release. “To celebrate the road’s reopening and coincide with special events planned by Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club, we are providing fee-free entry for the last two weekends of March.”

The Brad Stenger Memorial Citizen Races for downhill skiers and snowboarders will be held Saturday and Sunday, followed by the Strapless Weekend snowskate event March 27-28. More information about these events is available on the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club Web site.

A landslide closed Hurricane Ridge Road Jan. 18. A a slope below the roadway gave way, taking with it most of both travel lanes along a 100-foot long section of road. After $1.8 million in repairs, the road reopened Feb. 26.

Weather permitting, Hurricane Ridge Road is open Friday through Sunday each week during the winter; the downhill ski area and snack bar/ski shop are scheduled to be open Saturdays and Sundays. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center information desk will be staffed and a guided snowshoe walk will be offered at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

For information about visiting Olympic National Park, people may visit the park’s Web site or call the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 360-565-3130. The recorded Road and Weather Hotline is updated throughout the day with changes and can be reached by calling 360-565-3131.

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