Our last ski of the year was a great one! Here are the photos from the Ski Rodeo which you are welcome to download and use as you wish. (click on the photo below to start the slideshow) A big thanks to everyone who joined us this morning. Happy New Year!
We have some really great Methow Trails logo wear available at our Winthrop office. Our friends at Run Pretty Far helped us source some of the softest, nicest fitting athletic wear. Great gift ideas or treat yourself! It's just a small assortment so don't wait. Plus we still have $8 wool ski socks on sale, a total deal! Come on in.
WINNERS of 3-day ski passes for you and a friend ($114 value) are:
Aileen Hannah Olga Levaniouk Skye Shansby Susana Meistel Myrna Flavedal Ali Badereddin Claudia Gemkow Andrea Reilly Scott Beveridge Mary Duong Zoe Maddox Ed Rafaxz Dillion Sturtevant *THANK YOU REI for letting us connect with skiers in Seattle.
We are very excited to hit the road for our annual Seattle REI store visit. Methow Trails will be right in front of the beautiful fireplace at the Seattle REI store the day after Thanksgiving and the next on Saturday. Stop by and talk with James and Mike about all the great enhancements to the trails this winter. We will have copies of our new Trails magazine and new maps. Enter to win 3-day Ski Passes for you and a friend!
We don't get out the Methow much but this certainly is one of the highlights when we do. Looking forward to connecting with skiers, fat bikers and snowshoe fanatics on the west side.
Friday, November 28 10:00am -2:00pm Saturday, November 29 10:00am - 2:00pm
Top Ten Reasons to sign up for the Methow Nordic Festival
Ski! Run! Bike!
SKI for FREE
(not to mention free rentals and lessons) all day, all trails, on Friday January 23rd. The perfect excuse to take a personal
The Methow Community Trail is the Valley’s signature trail experience, and over the
weekend you can classic, skate, race, tour or relay your way up and down this
The Pursuit race
is a 2 day race on a 30K course that goes up valley one day, and back down the
next day. Do it for fun with friends, or
aim for the podium. Relay option for teams
of three. “The Pacific Northwest’s
Rainshadow Running is offering a 15K winter trail
run up on the Sun Mountain Trails on Saturday morning. This is a first, and could be a new winter
tradition! And yes…….the traditional pizza and beer party is happening too!
Methow Endurance is offering a FREE clinic
(specifically for runners) who want to take the leap and try out Nordic
skiing and/or racing. Saturday afternoon
Fat Bike Demo
offered by Methow Cycle and Sport on Friday the 23rd. If you have not tried it out yet – it’s time!
Happy Hour at The Mazama Store – Beer on tap and tasty chili feed at the hippest little
country store you’ve ever been to.
Saturday afternoon – a great way to convene, recover and celebrate.
Kids Ski and Race for FREE in the Methow Valley every day of the year. Bring your whole family!
Salmon Dinner – Great food and a great cause (Methow Valley Nordic Team). Join your fellow skiers, runners and bikers
and enjoy a delicious meal and community gathering that the BARN on Saturday
The Methow Experience – Even if you did not sign up for
any of the organized events, just being in the Methow in the wintertime is an
experience not to be missed. Friendly
people, world-class trails, snowy mountain peaks and SUN!
Project update: Thanks to those who came out an joined us. Our small group collected over 1140 pounds of cans, bottles and tin from the trails and roads in Pipestone! Unfortunately we didn't get it all. If you are out in Pipestone or anywhere hiking we hope you will take that extra moment to pick up little and recycle it where you can. Our beautiful Valley just keeps getting prettier!
Looking for a great way to give back to
an area affected by the fires this summer? Join the Methow Trails
Board and Staff on Tuesday, November 4th at 9am for a Keep
Pipestone Pretty Project.
If you have been out to Pipestone
Canyon since the fire you may have noticed that the area is rapidly
returning with flowers blooming, grasses growing and wildlife
roaming. However, with the barren landscape, trash that has
accumulated over the years is very visable. Join Methow Trails as we
tackle a garbage pick-up of the roads and trails of Pipestone Canyon.
Tuesday, November 4
Meet at 9am
Junction of Bear Creek
Road and Lester Road- across the street from Rhys Court’s
Sculputure Yard- right where the pavement ends on Bear Creek Road.
Bring your own gloves
and water and food as needed.
Wear clothes that you
don’t mind getting dirty with charcoal ash.
Bright clothing may
also be preferred as hunting may be happening in the area.
Methow Trails will
provide the trash bags.
Individuals will break
into groups and walk sections of Pipestone picking up trash.
Project is only
expected to last a couple of hours.
Thanks for joining our
Keep Pipestone Pretty Project!
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) would
like to share some big news. MVSTA has a new name: Methow Trails! We have a new name, new logo, and new web address.
Why did we change our name? Well, honestly we knew that “Methow
Valley Sport Trails Association” was a mouthful and our acronym of MVSTA often
got in the way of sharing great trail experiences. Not only is our new name
shorter, but it emphasizes the two things most important to our organization:
the Methow and Trails. Going forward, we expect to spend more time talking
about amazing trail experiences and less time explaining our name.
Methow Trails remains committed to enhancing, and growing
trail opportunities in the MethowValley. This winter
season we will continue to operate North America’s
largest cross-country ski area with over 120 miles of ski trail where kids 17
and under ski free everyday. We will continue to offer our signature programs
and events along with new trailside amenities and communication tools to
provide you with the best trail experience possible. We will continue our dedicated
work as a non-profit organization in offering year-round trail opportunities
and management of 11 MethowValley trailheads.
We are proud of our 37 year history. The organization has
updated its name twice in the past as it has evolved. We are proud to showcase
our new name and look, but more importantly, we are excited to more easily showcase
our trails. We hope you will have the opportunity this winter to join us for a
ski, fat bike, or snowshoe.
You can follow us on the digital trail at methowtrails.org,
on Facebook at Methow Trails, via our free Methow Trails grooming apps, or stop
into our office in downtown Winthrop.
There are many trails (and roads) in the Methow Valley where you may encounter cattle. No one likes to be startled out on the trail...including animals! Here is some sage advice on how to handle the situation when you meet livestock.
Cattle should be approached slowly and quietly. Suddenly startling cattle will cause them to act unpredictably and with a high degree of unnecessary stress. Cattle will often charge down the trail you want to travel when you approach them aggressively. The best approach is to sensitively alert the animals that you are approaching and ease off your speed. If you approach the animal from behind, allow them to move down the trail until they can easily move off to the side. If possible, travel off to the side of the trail, this allows the animal to figure out a better escape route. Cattle have wide viewing areas. Travelling directly behind them is a predatory move which causes them to move faster. Moving to their side allows them to better see you and to move away from you and off the trail.
If you happen to meet an entire herd of cattle or livestock on the road, stop, step to one side and stand still and quiet. If the herd is being driven under the control of cattle ranchers, let them lead the cattle in the desired direction.
Please close all gates that you enter and exit!!!
Ranching and recreation go hand in hand in the Methow Valley. It's another one of those special aspects of living, visiting and playing here!
The Balsamroot is just starting to bloom in Winthrop. The timing of the May 10th Sunflower Marathon and Relay might just be at the peak bloom! We are SOLD OUT for team entries. Still space for marathon runners who want to experience the thrill of running from Mazama to Twisp. Here is the Team Roster. Some great team names here!
HHRG Half Carafes
Basher B Van
We'd Rather be Mountain Biking
Best of the Bashers
The Ganbaro Gang
es petits pois chiches
Westside Webfoot Runners
Testing Einstein's Theory of Relativity
NW fit Coast Busters
MV SPRING SEED AND A SONG
Wild Flower Women
Green Canopy Runners
The Flying Gambles
Not As Fast As We Look
Chads and their better halves
The Fabulous Five
Laura's Last Legs
Forty and Flying
Owl the Way
In a Relay-tionship
The Sunflower Chasers
OLDER AND WISER
Lawyer, Writer, Chemist, Laywer aka Out for a Stro
Frolic for Forty
The Sunflower Seeds
Not Fast but Furious
HHRG Torture Sandwich
HHRG Pain au Chocolat
The Dashing Gents
Skagitonians Over the Hill
Things that seem like a good idea when you've been...
For 34 years, every May, we have been running through fields of wildflowers!
We hope you can join us Saturday, May 10th for the Sunflower Marathon and Relay!. Gather your friends and family and form a team of 2-5 runners or tackle the full 26.2 miles from Mazama to Twisp all by yourself. Don't wait to register, team entry is limited and sells out every year! See you there!
Fat bikers taking a break at Grizzly Hut in the Rendezvous
Attention Fat Bikers!
Starting April 1st, all the trails in the Rendezvous and all the trails at Sun Mountain will be open to fat bikes. Collectively this is 63 miles of snow-covered trails. The ski trails are the last thing to melt out each spring so you can probably expect snow trails all through April. This is a great opportunity to continue to ride on the snow! The best riding will be in the early morning before the snow softens. Please obey the same conditions of use as winter as to not damage the trails. A trail pass is not required from April 1st on. ENJOY!
Our groomers perform feats of strength all winter, rising in the middle of the night and grooming up to 8 hours in the dark at a top cruising speed of 4-6 miles per hour. On good nights they go out in the snowcat, plug in their iPod and listen to the same playlist over and over again. On other nights they sit exposed to the elements on a snowmobile.
Many of you have asked..."who are these people and how can I thank them?" Here is an opportunity to sit shoulder to shoulder with these superheros and thank them for another great season.
Thursday, March 27
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Please feel free to stop by and enjoy the company of these fantastic MVSTA employees.
2014 Grooming Team:
Joe, Mike, Steve, Rob, James, Lliam, Mike, Torre, Ed, Alan and Jake.
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) and local
community partners invite everyone to enjoy a free cross-country ski day on
Friday, March 14th.
Backyard Ski Day is a great way to experience the MethowValley
ski trails for the first time. Trail passes will not be required on this day
and the event even includes free ski rentals and free ski lessons. Enjoy this
barrier-free opportunity to experience the thrill of cross-country skiing.
Bring your family, bring a friend, and enjoy a fantastic day outdoors on the
Details of the event include:
access all day on all the MVSTA ski trails.
rentals can be obtained from Winthrop Mountain Sports, Methow Cycle &
Sport, and the MazamaSkiSchool. Reservations recommended.
hour cross-country ski lesson courtesy of MethowValleySkiSchool
will begin at 10:00am at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama.
cat rides from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama
beverages and s’mores at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama from 10:00am to
enjoy complementary trail access ( with free deer carcasses here and
Program sponsors include: Blue Sky Real Estate, Central Reservations,
Chewuch Inn, Freestone Inn, Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Inner Passage,
Lariat Coffee, Methow Cycle and Sport, MethowValleySkiSchool,
Nordic Ultratune, Rivers Edge Resort, Rocking Horse Bakery, Smartwool, Sun
Mountain Lodge and Winthrop Mountain Sports.
For more information on Backyard Ski Day contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Danica Ready, Program Manager at
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA)
is a non-profit organization that connects people to the special nature of the MethowValley
and support community vitality.
The MVSTA trail system includes over 120 miles of
cross country ski trails in the winter months, and is recognized as one of the
finest trail systems in North America for Nordic skiing, mountain biking, trail
running and hiking.
MVSTA plans to groom and keep the ski trails open until April 1st this season. An incredible opportunity to ski right into spring. March provides some of the very best skiing of the year. The sun shines, the days are longer, the temperatures are comfortable and the trails are in great shape. Follow the MVSTA Grooming Report for daily updates on conditions.
Trail passes will be required through March. MVSTA is offering a special incentive...buy a season pass now for next ski season and the pass will also be good for the remainder of this year. Passes are being offered at the early season price of just $275 per person. You need to ski just 13 times to make a season pass worthwhile and you could do all of that this March alone! Passes can be purchased at the MVSTA office in Winthrop.
There are a number of great events in March including:
200k Challenge. If you haven't reached your 200 kilometer goal yet, keep skiing! You have until March 13 to reach this goal. Then be sure to enter your name on the MVSTA website to be eligible for prizes.
Winthrop Balloon Festival- March 7-9. As if the Winthrop scenery wasn't incredible enough, over a dozen hot air balloons fill the ski for this festival. Balloons launch in the morning and you can ski the rest of the day = Perfect!
Backyard Ski Day- March 14 MVSTA's final "free ski day" at the Mazama Trailhead. Bring a friend who has never skied before! Come meet some of our groomers, enjoy some food and social time with new and old friends.
Trail Running Film Festival - March 18 at the Twisp River Pub hosted by Rainshadow Running. A great way to get inspired for some trail running after your ski season is all done.
See how great spring skiing is. We filmed this video in March. Note the sunshine, light jackets and fast snow!
MVSTA's plan is to groom until April 1st. (no joke). We have more snow than we had last year at this time. The skiing is fantastic and will be for weeks to come. The fat biking is also perfect with lots of packed snow. If the everyday event of incredible skiing, scenery and sun isn't enough to entice you over check out our events calendar for upcoming weekend activities. Here are some photos from the past couple of days on the trails:
It's going to be a great holiday weekend ahead with lots of new snow and great skiing.
Here are some great events to consider for the weekend. MVSTA's full event schedule can be found here.
The Methow Valley Nordic Holiday Ski Camp runs Saturday and Sunday (Feb 15&16). This is a great opportunity for kids to get some expert ski coaching and have a lot of fun with other kids. This camp runs from 1-4pm each afternoon. More information can be found on the Methow Valley Nordic website.
Try Biathlon is Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10am-1pm. This very popular event is a great way to try the Olympic sport of Biathlon. Participants need no experience! Methow Valley Biathlon team coaches will provide instruction all in a safe environment. Bring the whole family or challenge a group of friends to join you! First come first shoot in 30 minute time slots. Ski out to the biathlon range in Mazama to sign-up. $20 entry includes all the instruction and a souvenir photo and the event is a fundraiser for the Methow Valley Biathlon team. More information can be found here.
The Tour of the Methow is also Saturday, Feb. 15 sponsored by the Methow Valley Nordic Club. This is a great way to challenge yourself to a lot of kilometers. There is a bus option for skiers wishing to ski from Cub Creek to Mazama. Read more details about this option here. There will be a fun MVSTA sponsored food/party stop for skiers in Mazama at Cow Beach shelter, (or. wai-Cow-ki Beach) all with a luau theme! More food stops are available at North Cascades Basecamp who will be grilling up some great brats for just $5 as well as the ability to stop and enjoy all your Methow Valley favorite bakeries and restaurants in Mazama and Winthrop. This event is a celebration of skiing and a fun way to enjoy the day with family and friends. It's also a great way to rack up a bunch of kilometers for MVSTA's 200k Challenge. More details on the Tour of the Methow can be found on the Methow Valley Nordic website.
Here are some great photos from Mitchell Image from the Rendezvous Race on Saturday. Congratulations to Tav Streit from Hoodriver, Oregon on taking the win and Laura Mccabe for finishing as the first female.