Date: 1-27-2021 Time: 6:55 am
Weather: Lightly snowing Temp: 24
New Snow (24 hrs): 5+ Total Accumulation: 43
Recommended Trail: Methow Community Trail
Total Season Miles Groomed: 0.0 Last 24 Hours Miles Groomed: 0.0
Trail Conditions/Notes: It will be a winter wonderland out there today with over 5 inches of new snow and more expected this morning. Conditions should be a bit soft with the best skiing on trails groomed early this morning and closest to major trailheads (Mazama, Cub, Winthrop Spring Creek Ranch, Chickadee). Annual Ski to Sun race is coming up with a socially distanced virtual format this year. Check out our website for details and to register!

The most reliable way to see what has been groomed any morning is to look for green on the trail sections you are interested in skiing. The timestamp will not always be accurate but color should be. Winthrop and Mazama Fatbike and Snowshoe trails will be soft with the new snow. Reduce tire pressure in these softer conditions to keep from sinking in and making ruts. Sun mtn snowshoeing should be in good shape on most trails.

Under state and county guidelines a face covering is not needed when you are outside walking, exercising, or otherwise outdoors as long as you are able to stay 6 feet away from other people who do not live with you. However, at trailheads, busy trails, bathrooms, any indoor spaces and trail intersections please be ready to pull a mask over your face to keep our trails open and trail users safe. As always our plan this winter will be to keep our trails roomy, with a minimum ski trail grooming width of 12 feet and 11 formal trailheads with hundreds of informal access points. Fresh corduroy and solitary tracks will be available daily for all who are willing to get up earlyish and ski away from the more popular venues. We have also added a mobile ticketing system to purchase and display trail passes on your phone. Of course, by nature winter sports naturally encourage the wearing of gloves, face and eye coverings, and other forms of functional PPE. Finally, grooming our trails is an isolated profession and art performed in the middle of the night, so we do not anticipate any disruption.

Trail passes are required. If you like what we do and want to see it continue please consider purchasing a full annual pass this year or donating to us on our website or app under tickets.

Methow Trails is a non-profit organization that has been connecting people and trails since 1977. Your donations and winter trail pass purchases sustains the trails you love year round.

WAX REPORT

Wax of the day
Color scale
Ski Trails Easiest More Difficult Most Difficult

Mazama      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Methow Valley Community Trail- Browns Farm to Suspension Bridge Trailhead 12-23 Open
Mechanical cat issue that we may resolve mid morning.
Founders Trail 12-24 Open
Methow Valley Community Trail- Mazama to Freestone Inn 12-24 Open
Coyote Run 12-24 Open
Inn Run Loop 12-24 Open
Flagg Mountain Loop 12-24 Open
Goat Wall Loop 12-24 Open
Goat Creek 12-24 Open
Early Winters 12-24 Open
Goat Creek Cutoff 12-24 Open
Jacks 12-24 Open
Johns Way 12-24 Open
Lower River Run 12-24 Open
Upper River Run 12-24 Open
Rattlesnake Cutoff 12-24 Open
Cassal Cutoff 12-24 Open
Methow 12-24 Open
Doe Canyon 12-24 Open
Doe Canyon Loop 12-24 Open
Sandy Butte 12-24 Open
Base Camp 12.24 Open
Lunachik 12.22 Open
Rendezvous      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Cougar Bait 12-24 Open
Cow Creek 12-24 Open
Gunn Ranch 12-24 Open
Gunn Ranch Trailhead typically fills by 9am on the weekends, recommend going somewhere else at those times)
Lynns 12-24 Open
Lower Rendezvous Pass 12-24 Open
Rendezvous Pass 12-24 Open
Rendezvous Basin 12-24 Open
Lower Rendezvous Basin 12-23 Open
Sick Joke Hill 12-23 Open
Upper Fawn Creek 12-23 Open
Lower Fawn Creek 12-23 Open
Grizzly Way 12-24 Open
Grizzly Mountain Loop 12-24 Open
Cedar Creek Loop (blue) 12-23 Open
Cedar Creek Loop (black) 12-23 Open
Cougar Mountain Loop 12-24 Open
Cassal Creek Loop (blue) 12-23 Open
Cassal Creek Loop (black) 12-23 Open
Cub Creek 12-24 Open
Little Cub Creek 12-24 Open
Cassal Hut 12-24 Open
Grizzly Hut 12-24 Open
Rendezvous Hut 12-23 Open
Heifer Hut 12-23 Open
Sun Mountain      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Thompson Ridge 12-24 Open
Upper Thompson Ridge 12-24 Open
Thompson Pass 12-24 Open
Little Wolf 12-24 Open
Chickadee 12-24 Open
Aqua Loop 12-24 Open
Yellow Jacket 12-24 Open
Rodeo 12-24 Open
Upper Fox 12-24 Open
Lower Fox 12-24 Open
Beaver Pond 12-24 Open
Criss Cross 12-24 Open
Homestead 12-24 Open
Overland 12-24 Open
Raven 12-24 Open
Meadow Lark 12-24 Open
Blue Jay 12.24 Open
Upper Inside Passage 12-24 Open
Skate only
Lower Inside Passage 12-24 Open
Shortcut 12-24 Open
Sunnyside 12-24 Open
View Ridge 12-24 Open
Cabin 12-24 Open
Winthrop      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Methow Valley Community Trail- Winthrop to Powers Plunge 12-24 Open
Mechanical cat issue limited to no track set
Methow Valley Community Trail- Powers Plunge to Wolf Ridge 12-24 Open
Mechanical cat issue limited to no track set
Methow Valley Community Trail- Wolf Ridge to Browns Farm 12-24 Open
Mechanical cat issue limited to no track set
Powers Plunge 12-24 Open
Winthrop Trail (Lower) 12-24 Open
Winthrop Trail (Upper) 12-24 Closed
Fish Hatchery Loop 12-23 Open
Barnsley Lake 12-24 Open
Bitterbrush 12-24 Open
Spring Creek Ranch Loop 12-23 Open
Big Valley (Inner Loop) 12.24 Open
Big Valley (Outer Loop) 12.24 Open
Bob Closed
not currently groomed
Color scale
Bike Trails
Please follow conditions of use. Thank you for riding responsibly.
Winthrop Fatbike Trails      map
E-bikes not allowed on any Fatbike trails
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Winthrop Fatbike Snowshoe 12-21 Open

Big Valley (Inner Loop) Open

Big Valley (Outer Loop) Open

Fish Hatchery Loop Open

Mazama Fatbike Trails      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Mazama Fatbike and Snowshoe 12-22 Open

Lunachik Open

Snowshoe Trails

Mazama Snowshoe Trails      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Johns Way Fatbike Snowshoe Open
Aspen/Forest Edge Loop Open
Beaver Open
Creek Overlook Loop Open
Inn View Loop Open
Lunachik Open
Rendezvous Snowshoe Trails      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Cougar Bait Open
Cedar Creek Loop (black) Open
Heifer Hut Open
Sun Mountain Snowshoe Trails      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Patterson Lake 12.22 Open
View Ridge 11.29 Open
Rader Creek 12.22 Open
Click-a-pic 11.29 Open
Red Tail 12.18 Open
Lake View 11.29 Open
Black Bear 11.29 Open
Magpie 12.22 Open
Kraule 11.29 Open
Ponderosa 11.29 Open
Horse 11.29 Open
Moose 11.29 Open
Winthrop Snowshoe Trails      map
Area Date Groomed Status Comments
Winthrop Snowshoe Open
Big Valley (Outer Loop) Open
Big Valley (Inner Loop) Open

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