Ski Trails & Conditions
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At Methow Cycle & Sport, we're committed to providing you with the best information on all things snow, including nordic ski products and services in our shop as well as trail conditions to help you get out and ski in the Methow Valley. Check back here for updates before you head out, as outdoor conditions vary and new trails open frequently. Been out skiing? Let us know about trail conditions.
For Joe, the perfect ski has a variety of climbing and descending, a good mix of technical challenges, and faster speeds. His favorite route is up Cougar Bait, up Cub Creek, up Cow Creek to Rendezvous Pass, Cougar Mountain counter-clockwise, descend Cow Creek, out Cedar Creek, descend Cedar Creek Loop, over to Cow Creek, descend Cub Creek to Cougar Bait. Often times, he'll never see another skier, even in the afternoon. Cedar Creek often has the best conditions and least traffic. Just don't tell anyone!
Sun Mountain Trails
Beginning from the Chickadee trailhead, choose flat or rolling trails around the beaver pond and out to the Homestead and back. Great for beginning to intermediate skiers! For the more ambitious members in your group, Inside Passage, Thompson Ridge Road, Meadowlark and Blue Jay offer challenging climbs and descents. Top your day off with a hot beverage in the Wolf Creek Bar & Grill at Sun Mountain Lodge.
Mazama 10k Loop
Another great loop, Jane hits this one after her morning yoga class when she wants to get her heart pumping. Starting across the road from the Mazama Corral Parking area, this loop follows the river before taking a steep left up toward Goat Wall Cutoff, then descends into the broad open fields of Inn Run and back to the Corral.
For a fast ski, Ray recommends the "Skating Race Track" also know as the Arrowleaf Loop. He starts from Basecamp in Mazama then connects to the River Run trail to get to the Arrowleaf Loop's big meadow. It has consistently great grooming with classic tracks on both sides of a wide skate platform.
If your schedule allows, visit the Methow during off-holiday and mid-week days. The grooming is great and the trails are quieter. I like to think of it as the "Vintage Methow" experience.