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

Methow Trails events

Saturday Ski Shuttle

On Saturdays in January and February, 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.

Backyard Ski Day

Methow Trails invites everyone to come out for a day of FREE winter trail access. Try cross country skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking for the first time or introduce a friend to the experience you love!

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 marathon 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!

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.


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 Rodeo

Join us in kicking off the ski season with the family-friendly Ski Rodeo. A great way to spend time with friends and family, try a ski race, or cheer someone on! Participants can ski competitively or just for fun. Races for all ages, from 1 to 10 km, plus fun obstacle courses and relays.

Hanz’s Big Adventure

Hanz’s Big Adventure is a trials-format race for kids up to 100 years old at the McCabe Trails at Liberty Bell High School. You guess how long it will take you to do your chosen course and enter your time when you register. All you know ahead of time are the approximate distance of the courses you can choose from–1, 2.5 or 5 km.

Race of the Methow

Two days of racing at this US Ski and Snowboard-sanctioned Pacific Northwest Junior National qualifier! Races for everyone with sanctioned categories and open/community categories too!

Multi-day classes and camps

Methow Valley Nordic Weekly Fitness Classes

For the more fitness-minded, Methow Valley Nordic offers several training groups. These groups are intended for the intermediate to advanced skier and each group has a slightly different blend of technique and fitness-based work.

Methow Valley Nordic Ski Camp

The Methow Valley Nordic Ski Camp has something for everyone – whether you are a beginner to Nordic skiing or have been skiing for decades and love fine-tuning your skills, we’ve got a coach to match your ability and interest. This adult ski camp will be held at Sun Mountain Lodge and includes three days of instruction, demos, wax clinics and more!

Methow Valley Nordic Weekly Technique Classes

Methow Valley Nordic offers weekly classes for a full range of abilities from beginners to advanced. Class sizes are small 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.

Methow Valley Nordic Member Clinic

Based in Mazama, this weekend ski clinic for adult MVN members is a great way to kick start your new year with expert instruction from some of the Valley’s finest. One day of skate and one day of classic instruction offer a healthy dose of guidance and beautiful trails to practice on! Small class sizes based on ability, from beginners to advanced, lunch and snacks included.

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