Methow Valley Winter Trails


Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

For intermediate to advanced classic cross country or intermediate skater skiers. We will meet each morning at 8:30 am to select our ski tour and can all get together for after ski beverages or dinner. NOTE: skiers MUST purchase a daily ski pass, which is available locally.

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  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi

We will meet at 8:30 am Saturday at the Rocking Horse Bakery in Winthrop. Skiers must have all ski gear plus lunch, water and snacks with them.

Once we meet, we will all ski the same trails and may break into two groups: classic skiers and skate skiers.

This is a flexible trip with the main goal of everyone having fun. Leader and his wife are not extremely fast skiers and take time out for breaks. We may split into a less fast and more fast group. 

Depending on the snow conditions, we typically ski or skate one of these trails on Saturday and one on Sunday and the rest of the day we can stay together to ski or ski our separate ways (when the Mountaineer portion of the trip is officially over): 

Jack's Trail in the upper Methow Valley. We can have lunch on the trail, back at the cars or preferable go to the delightful Mazama Store for lunch and beverages. Depending how tired we are (or how many expressos you get in Mazama), those who wish can ski the Mazama Trails or, if conditions are perfect, Jack's Trail again. 

Rolling Huts to Mazama for lunch and beverage and then back to Rolling Huts. Coffee and expresso at the start, in Mazama and the end (skiing doesn't get much better!). Easy access to multiple trails for those who wish to continue skiing. 

Winthrop Community  Trail (also known as the  Town Trail) from Winthrop  to Wolf Creek and back. Depending on snow conditions (and motivation), we can ski the Twin Lakes trails. 

The Chickadee trails near Sun Mountain.

Sometimes, if the conditions are right (i.e. not icy), we can arrange a shuttle and ski down Powder's Plunge from Sun Mountain and back to Winthrop. This requires a good snow plow. It's a blast going downhill (if we can catch the shuttle or arrange our own). 




This trip is not suitable for beginners, unless you are very strong, provide references and obtain leader's permission.

Leader is coming from Olympia and leaving Friday night. Will not be available to carpool with anyone from Seattle. 

Trip will be canceled in the following conditions:

Unsafe conditions (i.e. icy)

Not fun conditions (i.e. significant rain). 



Methow Valley Winter Trails

  • Green Trails Sun Mtn/Methow No. 83S

    Green Trails Doe Mtn No. 52

    Green Trails Mazama No. 51

    MVSTA Trail Maps (see Land Manager)

    Green Trails Twisp No. 84

    Green Trails Buttermilk Butte No. 83
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Cross-country skis
  • Poles
  • Boots
  • Lunch and plenty of water
  • Extra dry ski clothes for skiing the second part of the day
  • Methow Valley Ski Trail Association daily ski pass, about $25 per day. Worth it because the grooming is usually top notch. A three day ski pass gets you a discount (and we will be skiing on Monday, just not leading a Mountaineers trip).
  • A thermos with a warm beverage is helpful. 
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