Cross-country Ski Trailheads
The Methow Valley’s skiing, scenery, and trails are world-class – and our extensive trail system provides for 120 miles of skiing in peaceful, freshly groomed and uncrowded conditions.
The Nordic ski trail system is divided into four areas, all connected by the Methow Community Trail, which includes a suspension bridge crossing the Methow River, trailheads, and lodges along the way.
On each Saturday from January 6 - February 24, Methow Trails offers transportation service between Winthrop and Mazama for those looking for a one-way ski journey along the iconic Methow Community Trail. The shuttle is free, but a valid ski trail pass is required. Pick-up times are:
Winthrop Town Trailhead Map
6K More Difficult
1K Most Difficult (Bob spur trail)
The Methow Community Trail links the towns of Winthrop and Mazama. The trailheads are located in Winthrop on the south side of town, at the Mazama Junction near the Mazama Store, and at various points along the route. From the Community Trail you can:
Sun Mountain Trails Map
23K More Difficult
18K Most Difficult
The Northwest's oldest and largest cross-country ski resort, Sun Mountain offers scenic views, pro staff for individual or group lessons for all levels of skate skiing or classic track techniques, plus rental equipment and retail gear. An ideal destination for families or groups with mixed abilities. Youngsters will enjoy short rolling loops, while competitive skiers go for the long climbs – and there’s a warming hut at the base to reconvene at.
Mazama Trails Map
4K More Difficult
1K Most Difficult
A great area for beginners learning to cross-country ski. Machine-groomed tracks over flat and rolling farms, along the Methow River and through woodlands offer scenic day tours. Experience lodge-to-lodge skiing via the Mazama Country Inn, North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama Ranch House, and the Freestone Inn at Wilson Ranch.
Rendezvous Trails Map
23K More Difficult
25K Most Difficult
For the seasoned skier, you can’t beat the snow, sun and scenery of the Rendezvous trails. Enjoy views of the North Cascades and the Methow Valley from 4000 foot high trailside overlooks. The ambitious skier can ski 30 kilometers from Cub Creek to Mazama.
The Rendezvous Huts allow skiers to try a day-long or overnight trip using the hut-to-hut system. The European tradition of mountain-hut skiing is affordable, simple and fun. Perfect for a group of friends and families. Ski trail passes are required, along with overnight hut reservations. More information on the huts can be found at the Rendezvous Huts.