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XC Skiing and Snowshoeing at Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, WA

PO Box 1000, Winthrop WA 98862

Sun Mountain Lodge is the best and biggest full service hotel in the Methow Valley region of Washington (800/572-0493, 509/996-2211, www.sunmountainlodge.com). A winter adventure awaits at this resort with beautiful scenic views and trails that are interconnected with the Methow Valley 200 km trail system. There is no altitude acclimation necessary in this XC skiing mecca valley that is 40 miles long, laced with ski trails.

High above the valley near the town of Winthrop, the Sun Mountain Lodge is situated in the North Cascade Mountains on 3,000 acres as the perfect base camp with rugged snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, crystal-clear streams and more than 65 km of groomed XC ski trails.

 

At the lodge there's a full service ski shop and XC ski lessons available in half hour, 1-hour, or a 2-hour Tour & Learn package. The rental equipment includes XC skis, snowshoes, Altai skishoes (wide short backcountry skis with a climbing skin underneath), and fat bikes (bicycles with wide winter-tires to ride on the snow), which can be used on a newly expanded network of trails groomed just for fat bikes. Horse drawn open sleigh rides can be taken to the minor's tent for a hot cocoa treat or a western style dinner package.

 

Sun Mountain Lodge has recently been honored by Fodor's Travel as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world. It has 98 guest rooms and 17 lakeside cabins. The wine cellar has 5,000 bottles and 450 different labels. Dining at the 4-diamond gourmet restaurant is AAA rated. Sun Mountain Lodge will pamper you with soothing spa services such as facials, massages, and reflexology and beautiful guest room accommodations in the lodge or cabins.

For outdoor families the Sun Mountain Lodge has a Saturday 3-hour program for kids and there's a hot tub, an outdoor pool, and an indoor game room. Also great in the spring, summer and fall, a vacation at the lodge can include hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, boating and golf.

Nearby are the Cascade Mountains with heli skiing, alpine skiing at Loup Loup Ski Bowl, and snowmobiling. Packages for Sunday through Thursday, December 13th - 24th and January 1 - March 6th excluding holidays start at $77.50 including breakfast and gratuities (plus tax, per person double occupancy).

Directions: From the Seattle/Tacoma Area, alternate route, and the North Cascades route click How-to-find-us. CCSAA member. Fat Tire Photo: Methow Valley Photography