Methow Valley Winter Trails


Cross-country Ski - Methow Valley Winter Trails

Explore some of the wonderful trails in the Mazama area: approximately 12 miles round trip and minimal elevation gain

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  • Sat, Jan 7, 2017
  • Seattle Skiing Committee
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Youth, Adults
  • Easy/Moderate, N2 Nordic Advanced Basic Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 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 Mazama Trailhead, ready to ski about 9:30 am.

Alternatively, if you are lodging in Mazama or close by you may meet us at the Mazama trailhead at 9:30 am.

Snow and trail conditions permitting, we will ski some of the green and blue trails west of the Mazama trailhead. I envisage an approximately 12 mile loop including Basecamp, River Run, Jack’s Trail and the north section of the Methow Community Trail that are part of the extensive Methow Trails. The trails should be well groomed with classic track and skate lane trails.

There will be some small hills that will require a good wedge brake and wedge turn to descent and herringbone to ascend some sections. A good standard of fitness and stamina is required. This trip is not suitable for first time Nordic skiers: even those with Alpine ski experience. Classic waxless skis preferred, but skating is also an option.

A 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. 6- 8 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. 5 & 6. There will be lots to do!

 For the Sunday morning there will be an opportunity to take a half day ski trip in the Sun Mountain area (please register separately for this trip), book a lesson to improve your classic skiing or perhaps try a new ski activity like skating with the Methow Valley Ski School. As you will see from our event URL the ski school is offering great deals: 25% off private ski lessons . Visit The ski school is based both in Mazama and at Sun Mountain Lodge.



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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