Friday, November 20, 2015

Free Skiing for REI Members Friday, November 27

In support of REI's bold move to close all of their retail locations on Black Friday and encourage all their members to get outside, Methow Trails invites REI members to ski for free on Black Friday, November 27!

Simply state you are an REI member or show your membership card at any of these 7 ski pass vendors and you and your family will be provided with a ski pass for a free skiing on Black Friday!

You can now eat 2 slices of pie on Thanksgiving Day knowing you will ski it off the next day! There is a lot happening in the Methow Valley over Thanksgiving weekend including fireworks, wagon rides, Santa, a balloon glow and a 5k run.  You can find out more about these events and great lodging offerings at

For your free ski pass for Friday, November 27 please visit:

Winthrop Mountain Sports
Methow Cycle and Sport 
Cascades Outdoor Store
Rocking Horse Bakery
The Mazama Store
Goats Beard Mountain Supplies
Mazama Ski School and Rental Shop
Methow Trails

Enjoy a day on the ski trails with your family!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Discounted Season Passes until November 1

Discounted Ski Passes On Sale Now!

Save on Season Passes now until November 1st. You only need to ski 14 days to make a season pass worthwhile! Historically (including last year!) we are open well over 100 days each year with beautiful groomed conditions. Passes can be purchased on-line via our website or by stopping into the Methow Trails office.

And hey Canada, we know what it is like when the exchange rate doesn't go in your favor so we would love to offer you day and season passes at par.  Please stop in the office for this deal or give us a call to learn more.  509-996-3287

Friday, October 9, 2015

Snow Science and the Art of Grooming

Join Methow Trails and the Methow Conservancy as we team up to bring you snow in November! Snow science that is!  Learn what is special about Methow Valley snow from snow scientists and what it is really like to be a Methow Trails Groomer. Our stories will entertain, educate and inspire!

Tuesday, November 3 at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Doors open at 6:30pm. Program starts at 7:00pm and runs to 8:30pm.

At 8:30pm following the program will be the annual Methow Trails membership meeting.  Methow Trails members are invited to stay and cast a ballot for new Board Members.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cutthroat Classic Photos

Thanks to everyone who joined us for another inspirational Cutthroat Classic!  Here are some great photos from   High resolution photos are available for purchase here.
Cutthroat Classic 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Connect More with the Methow

Methow Trails Supporters,

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has offered Methow Trails and 21 other local non-profits a special fundraising opportunity during the month of September. Any donation you make through the Give Methow Campaign is matched with a gift from the St. Paul Foundation.

Methow Trails strives to enhance the lives of individuals and of our community through our work with trails. This is your opportunity to connect with our mission. We hope you'll take a moment to learn more about the inspirational work we all do and be involved as you can.

More information on the Give Methow Campaign can be found here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Patterson Mountain Trail Enhancement Party Sept. 3

Beautiful Patterson Mountain! 

Jon is leading a trail enhancement effort on Patterson Mountain, Thursday September 3rd from 8am - 12noon. 

We would love to have your assistance doing some tread work and brush removal.  

Meet at Patterson Lake Boat Launch at 8am.  Bring gloves, water, snacks and loppers if you have them.  Methow Trails will provide tools as well. 


Monday, July 6, 2015

Patterson Lake Trail Work

Join Jon on Tuesday, July 21 from 8:00am to 12:00 noon for some trail work on the iconic Patterson Lake trail.  We will be doing some tread, slope and brush work.  Meet at the Patterson Lake Cabins with gloves, loppers (if you have them), water and a snack.  We really appreciate your involvement in our trail efforts.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thanks REI

Methow Trails is honored to have received a $5000 check from REI today to help with our work on increasing the care and access to Methow Valley outdoor recreation.  We are using this additional funding towards the work we have been doing on the Methow Valley Community Trail.

We added a new bridge this spring, added trail surfacing, and leveled out many parts of the trail.  The main goal of this work is to provide a better skiing, fat biking trail and snowshoe system in the winter but access to this trail is year-round also providing a hiking and biking trail from Winthrop's town edge to connector trails at Sun Mountain and Mazama. Thank you REI for your support!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bridge & Trail Enhancements: June 13

We could use a hand with a bridge over troubled waters.  Ok it's not troubled waters but rather the beautiful Methow River.....

Saturday, June 13 from 8am to 12noon our Trails Manager Jon Albright is enhancing the o-so-popular Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge by shoring up the railings.  Jon could really use some assistance with this project and with some trail surfacing work on both ends of the bridge.

If you can spare a little time for the trails, please meet Jon at the Suspension Bridge Parking Lot off Goat Creek Road at 8am. Bring along some water, snacks, gloves and sunscreen.  Tools will be provided by Methow Trails.

Give us a call at the office if you have any questions.  509-996-3287

Mazama Corral Trailhead Project

Methow Trails is working on an exciting trailhead parking project in Mazama.  Our hope is to have this project completed by 2017.  More information can be found in this Methow Valley News article.  If you have any questions about this project please contact James DeSalvo, Methow Trails Executive Director at 509-996-3287.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

2015 Sunflower Marathon & Relay Photos

What an incredible day for a trail run. Thank you all for joining us!

Here are some photos from the race start today. From this album you can download the images and use them as you wish.
2015 Sunflower

Friday, April 17, 2015

Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies announces new Sunflower Marathon food and fun enhancements!

Title Sponsor of the Sunflower Marathon and Relay, Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies, at the race start in Mazama, presents some great new food and fun additions to the event.

We at Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies are proud to be the Title Sponsor of the 2015 Sunflower Marathon and Relay. 

We have a special event for race packet pick-up this year.  Come with your team or family to the courtyard of the Mazama Store between 5pm - 7pm Friday, May 8 to pick up your race packets and we will be offering dinner and beverages for purchase. The Mazama Store kitchen crew will be preparing your meal so it is guaranteed to be delicious! We will also have beer on tap and other non-alcoholic beverages available.  This is an outdoor event so come with appropriate clothing. 
Menu: Lasagna (sausage and vegetarian options), side salad and garlic bread with the famous Mazama Store baguette for $12.95.  

The Goat's Beard will stay open late in case you need any last minute items before the race-- "Oh shoot! I forgot my socks" ! 

Good luck with your training and we look forward to having you share an evening with the Mazama Store family.  

In addition to this great new pre-race dinner option, Wild Mountain Nation will be performing at the end of the race party!

There are still spots available for marathon runners to join us. The flowers are going to be incredible! More information and registration at

A huge thanks to Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies for supporting this race and all our sponsors who are tremendous trail supporters.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sunflower Team Names

We are full for team entries at the Sunflower Marathon!  We always enjoy seeing the line-up of funny names. Here is this year's competition:

2 courageous moms
2nd Milers
4 forFUN
4 granted
A Game of Groans
Awesome Sauce #1
Awesome Sauce #2
Big Mama Squad
Blue Lotus Lackeys
Bring It!
But Why
Cake & Steak
Cascade Torrent Salamanders
Casey and the Sunshine Band
Cat Brush
Chicks with Kicks
Crush Kill Maim
Dragonfire Running Company
Evan and the Oldies
Fairy Lotus Girls
Four Pack
Fox & Hound
Fox Force Five
Frog n Toad
Fueled By Whiskey
Giddy Gazelles
Gritty Mountain Folk
Half n Half
Happy Feet
Hops and Barley
Humphrey's Kids
Hungry like a Wolfpack
IBT T-Town Tramps
In it for the views and flowers
Jac Attack and Crew
Johnson's Jumpers
Knitten kittens
La Porta/Roller/Ambach Runners
Lady and the Tramp
Lightning Magic
Lonely Goatherd
Lotus Girls Rock
Lotus Love
Mazama Hens
Methow Mama Hee Ho
Not as fast as we look
Older and Wiser
On the Ball Fitness
OSB Beer Boys
PiCollins Family
Prairie Ghosts
Press Forward
Pripet Running Club
Puna's Gang
R2R or Bust
Run On
Runaways Beez
Runaways Eh
Runnin' for Robyn
Shiny Happy Running People
Slesk Family
Snot Rocket Science
So Fine '79
Steel Lotus
Steere Fam
Super Snails
Team Boggs
Team Brandenburg
Team Eastlake
Team Esterby
Team Focus
Team Hank
Team JK
Team Kendall
Team Sando
Team Swanson
The Allusions
The Clarke-Freidmar Project
The Day Olds
The Deadly Viper Assasination Squad
The Drug Runners
The flower Frolickers
The Flying Gambles
The Furious Five
The Johns Are On the Loose!
The Klister Klan
The Masonjars
The McCrickets
The Meltdowns
The Money Slide
The Nellions
The Runaissance
The Seattle 48ers
The Weak Links
Thelma & Louise
Toe Stubbers
Uli's Diaper Changers
Wait for Me!
West Side Webfoot Runnners
Wind Runners

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We are Hiring! Methow Trails Manager

Position Summary:
Methow Trails Manager- The position is full time, year round, exempt, with a competitive benefits package. The focus of this position is to promote and support the mission of Methow Trails by coordinating and executing summer and winter trail maintenance operations. Primary responsibilities include year round trails maintenance, distribution of trail equipment and infrastructure, coordination of volunteer/community trail projects, providing support for all events and organization functions, and interacting positively with all trail users and partners. The Trails Manager works closely with the Executive Director, Program Manager, and Mechanic. The ideal candidate is familiar with the trails system, the community, and enjoys spending lots of time interacting with our broad user-base. Hours are flexible, but candidates must be willing to work some weekends, and be on call in the winter. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail to by Thursday, March 12th.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Organize trail projects that engage, inspire, and grow the trail community.
Assist Executive Director in daily administration of Methow Trails
Contributing member of Staff Leadership Team
Coordinate with the Grooming team, Mechanic, Program Manager, Executive Director, and volunteers to provide the best trail experience possible.
Support Program Manager in carrying out all trail events and organization functions.
Whatever role necessary to successfully execute the mission/goals of Methow Trails.

Trail Maintenance
Execute trail-based capital improvement projects.
Maintain all trail signs, markers, and kiosks.
Seasonal openings/closures of all fences, bollards, bridges, trails.
Maintain trail clearance by cutting trees, brush, and grass throughout the trail system.
In coordination with the Mechanic assist with maintenance of equipment; snowmobiles, ATV’s, snow cats, renovators, rollers, ginzus, blades, tillers, fuel tanks, and all trail tools.
Transportation of all grooming equipment and supplies where and whenever is needed.
Perform day grooming duties/shifts and night grooming shifts as needed.
Clean and stock all cat shacks and grooming “stations” throughout the system.

Assist Program Manager with event logistics, presentation, course marking, course preparation and day of course marshals/race volunteers as needed.
Assist all organization staff and volunteers to deliver a high quality program, event, and trail experience.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Free Skiing for Season Pass Holders of Any Area

The Methow Valley ski trails are open and continue to have great cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. Beginning February 17, we invite ski season pass holders from any alpine or nordic ski area in North America to join us for a day on the trails for FREE.    

Ski season pass holders simply need to stop into the Methow Trails office at 309 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop, WA during normal business hours, show a valid 2015 season pass from any alpine or nordic ski area* in the US or Canada and we will provide you with a ticket to ski for free, for one day, on the Methow Valley cross-country ski trails. This offer is not good from any other Methow Trails ski vendor, rather only redeemable at the Methow Trails office. One pass, per person for one day of skiing this season. This offer is good for the remainder of this ski season. Methow Trails office hours for this promotion are Monday-Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm.

Methow Trails salutes skiers that make an investment in snow sliding activities. A season pass is a great show of support for your favorite ski area and Methow Trails wants to add value to your investment during a winter that has been trying for many.  

Methow Trails is North America’s largest cross-country ski area with over 120 miles of perfectly groomed trails where kids 17 and under ski free everyday. The Methow Trails nordic system also has selected trails open and available to fat biking and snowshoeing. 

Daily grooming reports with real time GPS trail updates can be found at, via the free Methow Trails app or by calling 509-996-3860. A full schedule of events and activities can also be found on our website at

*day and annual sno-park permits do not apply.  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The 2015 Ragnar Trail Cascades-WA presented by Salomon is September 11th & 12th.  Please join us for this brand new addition to our trail series.

Methow Trails is the official charity partner for Ragnar Cascades.  Please use promo: CT15MMETHOW when registering online and Ragnar will donate $150 directly to Methow Trails. 

Register Here

Introducing Ragnar Trail Cascades-WA, an overnight trail running relay created for those with an adventurous spirit. Nestled in the heart of the Methow Valley among evergreen trees and endless views, Ragnar Trail Cascades will ignite your inner wild. Conquer three different loops of trail running which feature awe-inspiring vistas of the Cascade Mountains and finish at Ragnar Village---offering both solitude and a party vibe.

Pursuit Photos

Photos from the Methow Valley Pursuit can be found on

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Methow Snow Trail Race Photos

Here are some photos from today's Methow Snow Trail Race.  Thanks to everyone who came out and a big thanks to Rainshadow Running for being the Event Host.  We sure hope this can be a annual event!
Feel free to download the photos and use them as you wish.