2023 Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay

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Sponsors of the 2023 Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay

Title Sponsor:

Methow Trails Event Sponsors:

Ski to the Sun Event Sponsors:

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Join Methow Trails and the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation for the fifth 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 5 other friends or family members (details below).  The relay is freestyle technique - racers are welcome to skate or classic ski and results will be determined by overall time in individual and relay divisions.  The marathon offers both freestyle and classic categories while we have both standing and sitski categories on an adjusted course for paranordic racers. You'll enjoy food, festivities, and fun along the way!

Marathon - 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 and delicious, hot food await.  

  • Distance: 40km
  • Elevation Start: 673m (2,210')
  • Elevation End: 817m (2,680')
  • Total Elevation Gain: +589m (1,932')
  • Total Elevation Loss: -317m ( 1,040')
  • Team Relay - Field Limit 225 Participants
  • Marathon
    • Free (Skate)
    • Classic
  • Para Ski Course - 10.5km 
    • Para Nordic Sit Ski
    • Para Nordic Standing 

Team Relay (Field Limit 225 Participants) - Inspired by our popular Sunflower event, the Ski to the Sun Relay encourages skiers of all ages and abilities to join in the festivities!  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).  A summary of each leg is listed below.  

  • LEG 1 - Inn Run Loop 
    • Kid/Beginner Skier - 0.7km
  • LEG 2 - Mazama to Goat Creek Road
    • Beginner Skier - 4.8km
  • LEG 3 Goat Creek Road to Browns Farm
    • Intermediate Skier - 7.2km
  • LEG 4 Browns Farm to Wolf Ridge Resort
    • Intermediate/Advanced Skier - 11.7km
  • LEG 5 Wolf Ridge Resort to Chickadee Trailhead
    • Intermediate/Advanced Skier - 11.3km
  • LEG 6 - Chickadee Trailhead to Sun Mountain Lodge
    • Beginner/Intermediate Skier - 5.2km

Exchanges - There are 5 Exchange Stations with water, sports drink, and gel. There will also be food (chips, bagels and cream cheese, oranges, oreos, etc.), fire pits and music at Exchanges 3 (Browns Farm), 4 (Wolf Ridge), and 5 (Chickadee Trailhead).  

 Course Map 

Packet Pick-Up - Packet pick up will be located at Winthrop Mountain Sports on Friday, February 10th from 4:00-6:00 pm.  We encourage all racers to try and make this pick-up time.  There will be a late packet pick up Saturday morning at the Start Line in Mazama from 7:15-8:15 am.


  • Kids 17 and under always $30 (no fee increase)
  • Relay Teams and Para Nordic
    • Through Nov. 30 - $70
    • Through Dec. 31 - $80
    • Through Jan. 15 - $100 (relay deadline)
  • Marathon Freestyle and Classic
    • Through Nov. 30 - $95
    • Through Dec. 31 - $105
    • Through Jan. 31 - $125 (marathon deadline)
  • Other Registration Information
    • Entry fee includes race bib, custom Ski to the Sun hat, post-race lunch, 1 free beer (21 and over) raffle prizes and awards
    • No day of registration
    • No refunds or registration transfers after January 15th. $15 refund/transfer fee prior to January 15th  

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.

Transportation: Shuttles will be provided-details coming soon.

Start Times: Details coming soon.

Driving Directions

  • 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

Saturday - February 11, 2023

Starting: Feb 11
Ending: Feb 11

(509) 996-3287