Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fat Bike all through April

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!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Groomer Appreciation Party March 27

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.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Free Ski Day: Friday, March 14

 photo by Jackie Hovis 

Backyard Ski Day, Friday March 14 

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 Methow Valley 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 ski trails. 

Details of the event include:
  • Free trail access all day on all the MVSTA ski trails. 
  • Free ski rentals can be obtained from Winthrop Mountain Sports, Methow Cycle & Sport, and the Mazama Ski School.  Reservations recommended. 
  • Free, one hour cross-country ski lesson courtesy of Methow Valley Ski School will begin at 10:00am at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama.
  • Free snow cat rides from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama
  • Free beverages and s’mores at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama from 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Dogs also enjoy complementary trail access ( with free deer carcasses here and there.)  

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, Methow Valley Ski School, Nordic Ultratune, Rivers Edge Resort, Rocking Horse Bakery, Smartwool, Sun Mountain Lodge and Winthrop Mountain Sports.

For more information on Backyard Ski Day contact or Danica Ready, Program Manager at 509-996-3287.

The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) is a non-profit organization that connects people to the special nature of the Methow Valley 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.