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7th 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 the seventh annual Ski to the Sun Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay on February 8th, 2025. You'll enjoy food, festivities, and fun along the way!

Classic & Freestyle division

The course will take racers from Mazama down the valley and up to the sunny slopes of Sun Mountain Lodge for a heart-pounding finish. Steady climbs, fast descents, and festive aid stations await!

Route details are subject to change.

  1. Distance: 40km

  2. Elevation Start: 2,210’ / 673m

  3. Elevation End: 2,680’ / 817m

  4. Total Elevation Gain: +1,932’ / 589m

  5. Total Elevation Loss: -1,040’ / 317m

  6. Team relay: Field limit 225 participants

  7. Marathon categories: Free (skate) or classic, field limit 325

  8. Para Nordic: 10.5km sit ski or standing

Team 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! Skiers are welcome to skate or classic, but awards will be based on overall time (no skate and classic divisions).

All route details are subject to change.

  1. Leg 1: Inn Run Loop
    Kid/Beginner Skier - 0.7km

  2. Leg 2: Mazama to Goat Creek Road
    Beginner Skier - 4.8 km

  3. Leg 3: Goat Creek Road to Browns Farm - 7.2 km
    Intermediate Skier - 7.2 km

  4. Leg 4: Browns Farm to Wolf Ridge Resort
    Intermediate/Advanced Skier - 11.7 km

  5. Leg 5: Wolf Ridge Resort to Chickadee Trailhead
    Intermediate/Advanced Skier - 11.3 km

  6. Leg 6: Chickadee Trailhead to Sun Mountain Lodge
    Beginner/Intermediate Skier - 5.2 km

Para Nordic division

The Para Nordic course offers a fun and challenging race from Mazama to Brown’s Farm (10.5km) with categories for standing and sitting racers. Racers will be transported to Sun Mountain Lodge after the race for the awards celebration and lunch.

Course Map

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Schedule of Events


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

Friday, February 7

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 8

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

Race Start Times

  • 8:30 am - Waves begin (details to come)

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 9

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

  • Register soon, this class will fill!

Registration details

This race will fill, so don’t wait to register once it opens. Coming soon!

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 January 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.

2025 Ski to the Sun sponsors

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