Trip Report    

Cross-country Ski - Sun Mountain Trails

Always be ready with an alternative ski trail route when poor trail conditions exist on your planned route..

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  • We skied an alternative ski trail route in Methow Valley  in lieu of Sun Mountain's lower trails as a Tuesday evening rain and wind storm dumped way too much tree litter onto it's lower trails that we were going to ski on.

    We made a group decision the day before to return to a previous day ski route. We skied a lovely loop trail which incuded: The  Winthop Trail  with its pastoral scenery to Bitter Brush and Barnsley Lake Trails,  then continued on the Winthrop trail to Power's Plunge  and then onto the Methow Community Trail. This route included a variety of  terrain:  flat, intermediate  hill climbs, and a fun and fast downhill section called  Powers Plunge, a challenge trail.

    At the bottom of Power's Plunge where it meets up with the Methow Community Trail there is a lovely junction perfect for a rest stop and lunch. There one can sit on a bench or eat in the modern Warming Hut.....when we are not in a COVID-19 Pandemic.

    The Methow Community Trail is set in full sunshine, and on a sunny afternoon the flat trails ski fast so one can work on their classic stride back to the trailhead.

    This route requires strong downhill skills as Power Plunge has several steep sections, and when it is icy, can be a challenge.


We parked at the Winthrop Trailhead, and we skied a 10.25 mile loop. It took us 4 hours with several stops and a lunch break.IMG_4259.jpg