Sponsors of the 2021 Virtual Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay
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COVID 19 UPDATE: Methow Valley Ski Educational Foundation and Methow Trails are proud to partner for our third iteration of the Methow Valley's Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay beginning Jan 29 through Feb 7, 2021. The format will be different this year in order to maintain safety during the Covid-19 global pandemic. Instead of a single day mass start event, racers can choose their own start times within the 10-day race period. The course will be maintained with grooming and signage throughout that time. Timing will be managed by each racer’s smart phone with an app scanning a small number of QR codes placed along the course.
For safety reasons, we cannot offer the usual banquet and post-race evening festivities. Racers will need to be self-sufficient with transport, food and hydration. Trail passes required
The 42km freestyle race (slightly shorter in 2021!) is part of the American Ski Marathon Series and the Worldloppet Global Ski Marathon Calendar. Starting in Mazama, skiers cruise down valley through the heart of the Methow Valley trail system before an exhilarating climb to breathtaking views and the finish at Sun Mountain Lodge. With a course that links three of four sections of the largest cross-country trail system in North America, there is something for everyone – you can enjoy fantastic scenery as an individual or create a family relay! Ski the marathon as an individual or as a relay with up to 5 other friends or family members (details below). The race is freestyle technique - racers are welcome to skate or classic ski.
Cost: $10 per discipline (allows for multiple attempts - see below)
The Ski to the Sun Marathon is a challenging course that features some of ths most spectacular sections of our trail system. Racers warm up with a fast-paced ski on the valley floor and end with an exhilarating climb to the top of Sun Mountain, where 360-degree vistas await.
This year’s format allows racers multiple attempts within the race period for each registration. For example, if a participant completed the event, but wanted to take advantage of different conditions later in the week, or just to try and beat their own time, they can ski the entire event as many times as they would like between January 29 and Feburary 7.
There will also be a classic category added this year. A separate registration is required for each discipline. Each registration allows for multiple attempts.
Also new this year will be an untimed category for those wishing to complete the 42km epic Methow Valley course from Mazama to Sun Mountain without a clock
Distance: 42 Km (slightly shorter this year)
Elevation Start: 2,210'
Elevation End: 2,680'
Total Elevation Gain: +1,932
Total Elevation Loss: -1,040'
Cost: $10 per entry
Inspired by our popular Sunflower event, the Ski to the Sun Relay encourages skiers of all ages and abilities. This stunning course is divided into 6 different sections with 2-6 skiers per team. Skiers are welcome to skate or classic, but awards will be based on overall time (no skate and classic divisions).
The relay exchange zones for this year's virtual event are entirely up to each team. There are no monitored stations due to the virtual nature of this year's event. Teams will use one phone for the entire team, and use it as the relay baton. Teammates will coordinate where all their exchanges will occur and manage their own transportation.
The standard Ski to the Sun is broken up into 6 legs. A summary of each leg is listed below. A more detailed description can be found HERE
LEG 1 - Inn Run Loop
Kid/Beginner Skier - 0.7 km
LEG 2 - Mazama to Goat Creek Road
Beginner Skier - 4.8 km
LEG 3 - Goat Creek Road to Browns Farm
Intermediate Skier - 7.2 km
LEG 4 - Browns Farm to Wolf Ridge
Intermediate/Advanced Skier - 11.7 km
LEG 5 - Wolf Ridge to Chickadee Trailhead
Intermediate/Advanced Skier - 11.3 km
LEG 6 - Chickadee Trailhead to Sun Mountain Lodge
Beginner/Intermediate Skier - 5.2 km
Participants are required to arrange their own transportation. If you have questions regarding logistics, please contact email@example.com
Kids 17 and under are FREE but must register (includes signing online waiver) on time to participate.
Methow Trails and Methow Valley Nordic SEF 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, 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 unforseeable events.
Race Start – From Winthrop, follow Highway 20 northwest 13 miles. Turn right at the Mazama Junction and proceed straight through the T-intersection. Turn right into the Corral Trailhead Parking Lot.
Race Finish - From Mazama head southeast on Highway 20 towards Winthrop. Cross a bridge and turn right at the 4-way stop in town. Proceed through town approximately 1-mile. The road then curves to the right, crossing another bridge across the Methow River, and immediately after crossing the bridge the road will “Y”-turn right onto Twin Lakes Road. Follow this road for 3.2 miles to Patterson Lake Road, and follow the signs 6.4 miles to Sun Mountain.
Results will be posted HERE