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Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Biking on the Methow Trails, WA

309 Riverside Ave, Winthrop WA 98862

 

Methow Trails 509/996-3287, www.methowtrails.org is one of North America's largest cross country ski areas with over 200 km (120 miles) of perfectly groomed skate and classic ski trails. Kis 17 and under ski free everyday in the Methow. Many of the trails also welcome fat bikers, snowshoers and dogs. Methow Trails is located in north-central Washington just below the Canadian border and anchored by the towns of Winthrop, Mazama and Twisp.

Ski lessons and rentals are readily available from a number of different retailers in the Methow. Trail fees are $22 per day for adults 18 and over. Kids 17 and under ski free everyday in the Methow as do adults 74 years young and above. For specific details click the full listing of prices and ticket locations.

Methow Trails are groomed daily and conditions can be found on the Methow Trails grooming Report or by downloading the free Methow Trails grooming app available for iPad, Iphone and Android. Skiers can also view current conditions via the Methow Trails photo of the day and by following Methow Trails on Facebook.

The Methow trail system is comprised of four connected areas: Winthrop, Sun Mountain, the Rendezvous and Mazama; Each area has unique skiing terrain that range from flat lands, glacial valleys, rolling pastures, wooded forests and mountain tops. Many lodges are located right on the ski trails and offer a unique opportunity to do lodge-to-lodge skiing and bakery-to-bakery skiing! Many events happen throughout the winter and a listing of these can be found on the Methow Trails events page.

Lodging, dining and shopping are readily available in each of the towns of Winthrop, Mazama and Twisp. In addition to Nordic skiing, the Methow Valley is home to an award-winning outdoor ice rink, a alpine ski area, endless backcountry skiing, fat biking, sledding, snowmobiling and more. All the information needed to plan your trip can be found at www.methowtrails.org.

Besides building and maintaining the trail system, the Methow Trails sponsors ski races, clinics, and fun events for the whole family. There is a new ice rink, free family trails, sledding and snowshoeing. Methow Trails is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting environmentally sound non-motorized recreation year-round on and near the trails of the Methow Valley. In the summer, the Methow Valley is a mountain bikers' and hikers' Mecca.

 

Sun Mountain Lodge is the best and biggest full service hotel in the Methow region (800/572-0493, www.sunmountainlodge.com) at 2,000 feet with beautiful scenic views and trails that are interconnected with the Methow Valley system (click here for a full page of info about Sun Mountain Lodge). The Chewuch Inn is close to downtown Winthrop and it has a lodge and cabins. The Freestone Inn at Wilson Ranch features a lodge with 21 guest rooms, rustic elegance, 15 cabins, lakeside lodges and gourmet dining.

Directions to the Methow Valley from Seattle is north then take Highway 2 and Stevens Pass or go west via I-90 and Snoqualmie Pass. The North Cascades scenic highway 20 is open from mid April until October. Photos by Methow Valley Photography. CCSAA member