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6th annual community ski race in the Methow Valley

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Methow Trails and the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation are delighted to welcome you to a modified (but still excellent) sixth annual Ski to the Sun (make that the Ski "Around" the Sun)! You'll enjoy food, festivities, and fun along the way!

Like pretty much everywhere else, this has been a warm and wet winter with very low snow conditions. We feel very fortunate to be able to have a race at all this weekend and our staff and volunteers have been hard at work shoveling and preparing the course to provide the best possible experience for you.

2/8/24 Ski to the Sun Update:
The current conditions and lack of snow at road crossings have led us to change the course for the 2024 event. Full details are in the racer packet (below).
• The Classic, Freestyle, and Relay divisions will start at the Chickadee Trailhead and end at Sun Mountain Lodge.
• The Para Nordic race will take place in Mazama.
• Finish Line festivities and awards will remain at Sun Mountain Lodge. Thank you for your understanding, your support, and your enthusiasm.

Racer Packet

Read your packet carefully for details on transportation, parking, wave times, route, awards, and more.

Shuttle Information

Shuttle busses will be provided for spectators and participants throughout the day. No reservations required and buses will run continuously between Liberty Bell High School, Chickadee Trailhead, and Sun Mountain Lodge beginning at 7am. Please note, there is NO PARKING AT SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE.

Detailed information, including pick up times and exact locations, are provided in the racer packet.

Racer Bags - Bags will be transported from the start line at Chickadee Trailhead to the finish line at Sun Mountain Lodge.

Classic & Freestyle Division

The modified course will take racers from Chickadee Trailhead up to Thompson Pass and back down and around Little Wolf before heading up to Sun Mountain Lodge for a heart-pounding finish. Steady climbs, fast descents, and festive aid stations await! Click here for a larger map.

The new course is 17km.

Route details are subject to change.

Relay Division

Inspired by our popular Sunflower Marathon, Half Marathon, & Relay, the Ski to the Sun Relay encourages skiers of all ages and abilities to join in the festivities! This modified course is divided into 5 legs. The first four legs will ski the same loop from Chickadee Trailhead and the final (fifth) leg will ski most of the loop before turning up to the Finish Line at Sun Mountain Lodge. Skiers are welcome to skate or classic, but awards will be based on overall time (no skate and classic divisions). Click here for a larger map.

Relay legs 1-4 are 5km, and the final leg is approximately 6km.

All route details are subject to change.

Para Nordic Division

The Para Nordic course has been modified this year to avoid road crossings. The course will start and end at the Mazama trailhead and will consist of three laps of a large loop.

The course length is 12 km.

All route details are subject to change.

Schedule of Events


Waxing services offered by Winthrop Mountain Sports. Leave the waxing to the pros and secure your spot today!

Friday, February 9

Ski Demo - 10:00am-2:00pm, Mazama Trailhead. Come check out the latest and greatest in ski equipment with this free, public event! Reps from Madshus, Atomic, Fischer, Salomon, One Way, Swix, Nordjork, Bjorn To, and more will be there.

Bib Pick Up -3:00-6:00pm Winthrop Mountain Sports

  • We highly recommend this option!

  • Use your bib to recieve a 15% discount on the entire store and 20% off Nordic ski apparel.

  • Relay teams must pick up their packets on Friday. Only 1 member needs to be present.

  • You are welcome to pick up a bib for a friend/family member, but will need to verify their age.

Saturday, February 10

7:15-10:30 am Late Bib Pick Up - Chickadee Trailhead

Race Start Times

  • 8:30 am - Classic (Chickadee Trailhead)

  • 8:45 am - Para Nordic (Mazama Trailhead)

  • 9:05 am - Freestyle (Chickadee Trailhead)

  • 11:15 am - Relay (Chickadee Trailhead)

10:30 am-2:00pm Post Race Lunch - Sun Mountain Lodge Finish Line

  • We are proud to partner with Willow Brook Farms to provide you with an organic, locally grown lunch of hot soup and sandwiches.

  • Participants 21+ receive 1 complimentary beer from Old Schoolhouse Brewery.

  • Food for racers only. Please bring a picnic lunch for family members and spectators.

11:00am-2:00pm -Awards and Raffle. We have lots of great prizes from our local sponsors!

Sunday, February 11

8:00-9:00am - Motive Yoga Stretch & Recover for Skiers

  • Register soon, this class will fill!

Registration details

Registration is closed. Sign up early for the 2025 race!

Entry fee includes race bib, custom Ski to the Sun hat, post-race lunch, one free beer (21+), raffle prizes, and awards. No day-of registration. Refunds and transfers can be made until Januray 15th for a $15 fee. No refunds or transfers after January 15th. Register early, this event sells out every year.

Methow Trails and Methow Valley Nordic are non-profit organizations.  Income from this event supports year-round trail operations and Nordic ski programming in the Methow Valley. There are no entry refunds, exchanges, transfers or rollovers after January 15th, and the event may be cancelled due to variables beyond our control; severe weather conditions, fire, unhealthy air quality, road closures, natural disasters, or other unforeseeable events. We highly recommend purchasing race insurance through RunReg.

2024 Ski to the Sun sponsors

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