The Methow Valley Nordic Festival starts Friday, January 24 and continues through Sunday, January 26 with events and activities for every skill, age and ability. The Nordic Festival is a perfect way to celebrate the winter season and the upcoming Winter Olympics. The weekend events include the signature Methow Valley Pursuit ski race which offers a relay option for friends, families and businesses to participate in! The Pursuit ski race is also now part of the acclaimed American Marathon Ski Series. One of 15 select ski races in the nation, promising to draw new participants to the region.
Don’t miss any of the action.
Some of the highlighted events can be found below.
Friday, January 24
Backyard Ski Day. This community-wide event offers everyone free skiing, free cross-country ski rentals, free ski lessons, free snow cat rides, free ice skating, free kid activities and more. 10:00am -3:00pm at the Winthrop Town Trailhead.
Saturday, January 25
Methow Valley Pursuit Ski Race. Day one of the Pursuit ski race with a 15 kilometer classic ski race that is open to all skiers. 10:00am start at the Sun Mountain Chickadee Trailhead.
Ski Dinner. Enjoy a salmon dinner, beer garden and live music at this Methow Valley Nordic Team Fundraiser. 5:30pm – 8:00pm at the Winthrop Barn.
Sunday, January 26
Methow Valley Pursuit Ski Race.28 kilometer individual or team relay skate ski race from Winthrop to Mazama. The race is called a “pursuit” as each racer is pursuing the racers who finished ahead of them from the previous day’s classic ski race. An award ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the race at the Mazama Community Center.
Title sponsorship for the Methow Valley Pursuit is provided by Winthrop Mountain Sports. Other sponsors include: Blue Sky Real Estate, Central Reservations, Chewuch Inn, Freestone Inn, Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Inner Passage, Lariat Coffee, Methow Cycle and Sport, Nordic Ultratune, Rivers Edge Resort, Rocking Horse Bakery, Smartwool and Sun Mountain Lodge. Race support is also provided by Hammer Nutrition and FasterSkier.
For more information on the Methow Valley Nordic Festival contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Danica Ready, Program Manager at 509-996-3287.
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) is a non-profit organization that connects people to the special nature of the MethowValley and support community vitality.
The MVSTA trail system includes over 120 miles of cross country ski trails in the winter months, and is recognized as one of the finest trail systems in North America for Nordic skiing, mountain biking, trail running and hiking.