Winter fun for everyone!
WINTER TRAILS IN THE METHOW
Tickets and Passes
Season, day, multi-day, lifetime and dog passes are all found here. Kids 17 and under ski free everyday!
The grooming report is updated daily during the winter typically between 6-7am and as conditions change considerably throughout the day. We also have GPS tracking devices on most of our groomers which gives up to the minute reports showing what trails and when they were groomed. You can access the grooming report via this website, by downloading our free Methow Trails smartphone grooming app for mobile devices and the iPad.
We typically have 4-5 groomers going out nightly between 8:00pm and 8:00am. We groom trails more frequently skied more often and try and groom all trails as often as we can sustainably. Typically, on weekends, holidays and Wednesdays we groom all 120+ miles of trails with few exceptions. Tuesdays and Thursdays are typically our "lighter" grooming days when we may only get to 60-80 miles of trail. Mondays and Fridays are in between. This schedule may be shifted depending on storm system timing, equipment breakdowns, or challenges getting grooming staff to their equipment. Day time grooming is challenging and not something we do very often to avoid conflicts with skiers. The best grooming also comes if trails are allowed to set up for an hour or more before being skied. Big Valley is groomed typically on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and one day on the weekend.
The Methow Valley’s skiing, scenery, and trails are world class and our extensive trail system provides for 120 miles (200+ kilometers) of skiing in peaceful, freshly groomed and uncrowded conditions. The Nordic ski trail system is divided into four areas, all connected by the Methow Community Trail, which includes a suspension bridge crossing the Methow River, trailheads, and lodges along the way.
Ski Rentals and Lessons
Just a few tips and techniques can take you to a whole new level of skiing! The Methow Valley is a great place to learn how to cross-country ski or build on the skills you already have. The Methow Valley Ski School and the Sun Mountain Ski School offer skate and classic lessons for all ages and abilities with friendly, PSIA-certified instructors. Choose from group lessons (offered daily), or a private lesson for you or your group – you get to pick the time, place and instructor.
Fat bike on selected ski trails in the Valley! Fat bikes are specially made bicycles that accommodate ultra-wide tires that can be run at very low pressure. The combination of very wide tires and less than ten pounds of pressure allows fat bikes to roll over soft, slippery surfaces like snow. Give it a try! A fat bike day pass ($10) or ski pass is required.
The Methow Valley has endless snowshoe opportunities! Methow Trails hosts family-friendly snowshoe tours every Saturday throughout the winter. Local volunteers lead tours that focus on winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more. A ski trail pass or snowshoe trail pass ($5) is required for each person.
Ski Trails For Kids
Kids can learn to cross-country ski almost as soon as they can walk. With the right equipment and a little patience, your whole family can enjoy a day in the tracks together. Methow Trails makes it a little easier for kids to cross-country ski by offering FREE skiing for all kids 17 and under! Don't pass up the chance to introduce this sport to your children.
Ski Trails For Dogs
Methow Trails proudly allows dogs on selected trails in the Methow Valley. It is a program that we have run for years and, despite a dog’s inability to talk, anyone who has ever seen a dog out on the ski trails can’t deny the joy it brings to these animals. It is contagious. A dog day pass ($10) is required for each dog.
Whether you have a long-term physical limitation or are recovering from a knee or hip replacement, adaptive nordic skiing can provide you with a great way to get out and enjoy the groomed ski trails with friends and family.