Methow Valley Winter Trails


Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

A half-day trip to explore some of the wonderful Sun Mountain Ski Trails

  • Sun, Jan 10, 2016
  • Seattle Skiing Committee
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Adults
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft

9:00 am Winthrop Town Trailhead and Rink (use upper parking lot). Details on how to find the meeting place will be e-mailed to those who register several days before the trip. 

We will carpool from there to the Chickadee Trailhead, ready to ski about 9:30 am.


We will ski part of the wonderful Sun Mountain trail system. The trails should be well groomed with classic track and skate lane trails and some hills that will require a good wedge brake and wedge turn to descent and herringbone to ascend some sections. Classic waxless skis preferred, but skating is also an option.

I expect we will ski about 9.5K (6 miles) round trip. An Methow trail pass is required for everyone 18 years and older. This is $ 24.00 for an adult day trail pass available on line or from sports outlets in Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge or Mazama. For details visit:

Anyone 17 years or under ski for free!

Guests (non members of the Mountaineers) as well as members are invited to sign up in advance for this trip. For visitors either call the Mountaineers Member Services on 206-521-6001 or visit click on "join" on the top right hand corner, then select GUEST ADULT FREE and follow the steps.  

This trip is part of the "Celebrate Winter Trails in the Methow" Jan. 8- 10 event. Visit the event listing for full details:  This URL also includes lodging suggestions. The Methow Valley is roughly 250 miles and 4 - 5 hours from Seattle. Make a weekend of it an stay in Winthrop or elsewhere in the Methow Valley on Jan. 8 &9. There will be lots to do including a half-day Nordic ski trip I'm leading on the Saturday.

I am also offering a longer day ski of about 12 K on the Saturday morning along the Methow Community Trail.  Details are on the Mountaineers website and registration can be done though the link on the Winter Trails Day URL.






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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