Events

Events

Below you’ll find events, races, and trainings happening on the trails hosted by Methow Trails or our partner organizations.


Methow Trails events

Ski to the Sun

Join Methow Trails and the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation for the annual Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay. The course travels through North America’s largest ski trail network and takes skiers from the tranquil banks of the Methow River to the beautiful mountain vistas at Sun Mountain Lodge. Ski the race as an individual or as a relay with up to five other friends or family members. You’ll enjoy food and fun along the way! Register early as this event will sell out.

Doggie Dash

Get out your costume box. This race is all about the costume, and a dose of good luck out on the course. Human-dog teams compete in short heats to go for the glory of the coveted Golden Poodle award. Humans must ski. Dogs must run. Dogs must be on a leash. Both must be in costume. It's that simple.

Sunflower

This unique course begins at 2180 feet elevation in Mazama and includes well marked deer trails, single track trails, and gravel roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower carpeted meadows and fields.

Cutthroat Classic

Topping the charts in inspiration and popularity, the Cutthroat Classic provides incredible mountain views along a spectacular section of high alpine trail. The Cutthroat course is an 11-mile singletrack trail run through the North Cascades, following the iconic Pacific Crest Trail up and over Cutthroat Pass. This race is limited to 400 participants and sells out early every year.

Partner events

Ski to the Sun waxing service

Leave your worries about waxing at home! Winthrop Mountain Sports is here to take care of every detail for you. 2x Olympian Erik Bjornsen and his team will meticulously select each layer of wax, ensuring you have an exceptional skiing experience. Throughout the week, the WMS team will be testing skis and waxes to guarantee you have a speedy ride for your race.

Yoga- Stretch and Recovery for Runners

You just raced the Ski To Sun. Now come stretch and recover. This is 60 mins of pure maintenance and our goal is your recovery. No yoga experience necessary. Our techniques are strategic: long-held stretches to create muscle pliability, ball rolling for soft tissue release, injury prevention through use of props, the wall, and floor, and down-regulation of the nervous system for maximum physical recovery. This class is an investment in your ability to ski again tomorrow. Your body will thank you!

Try Biathlon February

Two times each winter Methow Valley Biathlon hosts Try Biathlon Events. Methow Valley Biathlon Team shares details on equipment, history, training and safety before participants take turns shooting at targets and skiing a short, easy biathlon course. Open to ages 9 and older; no previous biathlon experience is required. First come, first shoot. All proceeds help keep biathlon affordable and accessible to Methow Valley youth.

February Kids Holiday Camp

Skiers of all levels aged 6-14 are welcome. Sessions take place from 1-4 PM daily at the McCabe trail at Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop. Monday the skiers will CLASSIC ski and Tuesday will be SKATE technique. Dress for the weather of the day. There is no inside area, but there is covered area to snack and rest.

Multi-day classes and camps

Methow Valley Nordic Weekly Adult Classes

Methow Valley Nordic offers weekly classes for a full range of abilities from beginners to advanced. Class sizes are small – typically four to eight skiers per group – so you get plenty of individual attention from our professional instructors. The classes are also a great way to connect with other skiers in the valley. Most classes meet once-a-week for eight weeks from January through the first week of March, taking a break for President’s Day week. These classes are split evenly between classic and skate technique, with the actual technique of each class determined weekly based on snow conditions. In addition, we offer four-week classes that focus on either skate or classic technique. We have two skate-only classes offered in January, and one in February. Our classic-only class begins at the end of January and runs into February.

Methow Valley Nordic Para Nordic Clinic

The formal kickoff of the clinic will be early afternoon on Wednesday the 7th, giving people time to travel to the valley, with options for people to arrive early for additional skiing and training. All skier types and abilities are welcome – Sit Skiers, Standing Skiers, and Visually Impaired (VI) Skiers.

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