Gliding Across the Methow Valley

Winter Sports Friday, February 28, 2014 Written by

With snow finally falling in the Northwest, it’s the perfect time to plan a winter adventure. What better way to embrace the weather than cross-country skiing? Burn calories, have fun with friends and experience scenic views with this winter sport.

See what it’s like to spend a full day gliding across the Methow Valley, the Northwest – and nation’s – largest cross-country ski area, with our photo guide. Then, hit the trails! #YouGotThis

Methow-Valley-2Head to the Methow’s Western-themed town of Winthrop to gear up. Try Winthrop Mountain Sports or Methow Cycle & Sport for a variety of Nordic ski rentals, including skate skis. While in town you can also pick up the required Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) trail pass.

Methow-Valley-3 Methow-Valley-4Methow-Valley-5 Map? Check. Skis and boots? Check. Trail pass? Check. It’s time to hit the trails.

Methow-Valley-6 Methow-Valley-7 Methow-Valley-8Try the MVSTA’s Rendezvous trail system for the best trailside overlooks of the valley.

Methow-Valley-9 Methow-Valley-10Be sure to hydrate and refuel with healthy snacks throughout the day. Several public warming huts are situated along the trails if you need to take cover for a few minutes.

Methow-Valley-11 Methow-Valley-12 Methow-Valley-13Recover from a long day of exercise with a healthy and local meal. Try the Arrowleaf Bistro, which sources ingredients from nearby producers to bring Methow products to the table.

Methow-Valley-14Methow-Valley-15Back at the lodge, warm up by the fire and relax after an active day. You’ve earned it.

What does your ideal day on the cross-country ski trails look like?