At a Glance
Approximately 120 miles of cross country ski trails are available in the winter for exploration and linking of loops. Long ski tours can be planned from a variety of entry points. Several races and events are available to participate in as well.
Other Adventure options
Mellow: If you’re comfortable with skiing hills, the trip up the Grizzly Hut from the Gunn Ranch Trailhead is gorgeous. You can rent the hut (as well as a few others) for an overnight stay. For those who prefer flatter terrain, the trip out to Cow Beach Shelter from Mazama is a lovely adventure of about 3 miles each way.
Balanced: Ski portions of the three major areas – Upper Methow, Sun Mountain and Rendezvous over several days.
Brutal: Ski every single trail in as short a time as possible.
Need to Know
Parking pass required: Parking is free at the Methow Trailheads. You will need a Washington Sno-Park permit for forest service trailheads.
Overnight camping permit required: None
Day permits: Daily ski permits are required for the Methow Trails system.
Water: Carry your own for winter activities
Nearest Campgrounds: Closed for winter
Please: Always remember to follow the Leave No Trace principles when recreating on public land. Our actions not only impact the land; they influence others to better care for these lands when we lead by example. Please see additional route cautions at the bottom of this page.
The Methow Valley offers unparalleled cross country skiing over a network of at least 120 miles of groomed trails. From wide open flat tracks to hilly trails meandering through the ponderosa pines, there are options for all levels of skiers. Take on the adventure of learning a new sport with classes or push your skills with a long ski adventure. If racing is your adventure of choice, check out the Ski to the Sun Marathon. Plenty of options abound for an epic ski.