Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sunflower Teams SOLD OUT!

The Balsamroot is just starting to bloom in Winthrop. The timing of the May 10th Sunflower Marathon and Relay might just be at the peak bloom!  

We are SOLD OUT for team entries. Still space for marathon runners who want to experience the thrill of running from Mazama to Twisp. 

Here is the Team Roster.  Some great team names here! 

HHRG Half Carafes 
Basher B Van
The Rutabagas
We'd Rather be Mountain Biking
Team Pickle
Skagit Sunflowers
kickin mules
Code Blue
Methow Mamas
Best of the Bashers
Lady Lions
The Ganbaro Gang
Spirit Animals
Runaway Moms!
es petits pois chiches
Westside Webfoot Runners
Testing Einstein's Theory of Relativity
NW fit Coast Busters
Team Eusterbrock
Wild Flower Women
Green Canopy Runners
Team Finger
The Flying Gambles
Not As Fast As We Look
Chads and their better halves
The Fabulous Five
Well Traveled
ThunderGun Express
The Nordis
Laura's Last Legs
Forty and Flying
Wonder Bolts
Blonde Lightning
Owl the Way
In a Relay-tionship
The Sunflower Chasers
Lawyer, Writer, Chemist, Laywer aka Out for a Stro
Frolic for Forty
Greenlake Herd
Johns Juggernaut
The Sunflower Seeds
James' Giants
Not Fast but Furious
CK Squared
HHRG Torture Sandwich
HHRG Pain au Chocolat
HHRG Butterup
SET Coaching
Carlton Cruzers
The Dashing Gents
Lightning L
Skagitonians Over the Hill
Things that seem like a good idea when you've been...
Valley Girls
Sunflower Fields Forever
Hauling Sass
Hot purple
Awesome Sauce. 2
Chrissy Fuentes
Team Miskin
Team Dexter
Downhill Runners
Girls on Fire
Karate Sawing Jabberwocks
Larissa and the Boys
Windhorse Runners
Team O'Marosenberg
The Three Bears
OSB Beer Runners
team Sanken
Team Roasting Goats
Second Time Around
Pickled Syzygy
McSpor Water Cooled
Nature Sprites
Slesk Family
The Runners
Molasses Crew
The Huxley Heartbreakers
Team Sunbeam
C Squared
Snot Rocket Science
Toe Biters
Run for the Forest Run
The Sunny Sunflowers
The Mid-Englanders
Awesome Sauce.1
Scooby Snacks
Cream Buffs

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunflower Marathon and Relay May 10

For 34 years, every May, we have been running through fields of wildflowers!  

We hope you can join us Saturday, May 10th for the Sunflower Marathon and Relay!.  Gather your friends and family and form a team of 2-5 runners or tackle the full 26.2 miles from Mazama to Twisp all by yourself.  Don't wait to register, team entry is limited and sells out every year!  See you there!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fat Bike all through April

Fat bikers taking a break at Grizzly Hut in the Rendezvous 

Attention Fat Bikers!

Starting April 1st, all the trails in the Rendezvous and all the trails at Sun Mountain will be open to fat bikes. Collectively this is 63 miles of snow-covered trails. The ski trails are the last thing to melt out each spring so you can probably expect snow trails all through April.  This is a great opportunity to continue to ride on the snow!  The best riding will be in the early morning before the snow softens.  Please obey the same conditions of use as winter as to not damage the trails. A trail pass is not required from April 1st on.  ENJOY!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Groomer Appreciation Party March 27

Our groomers perform feats of strength all winter, rising in the middle of the night and grooming up to 8 hours in the dark at a top cruising speed of 4-6 miles per hour. On good nights they go out in the snowcat, plug in their iPod and listen to the same playlist over and over again. On other nights they sit exposed to the elements on a snowmobile.

Many of you have asked..."who are these people and how can I thank them?"  Here is an opportunity to sit shoulder to shoulder with these superheros and thank them for another great season.

Thursday, March 27
Old Schoolhouse Brewery 
4:00pm - 6:00pm  

Please feel free to stop by and enjoy the company of these fantastic MVSTA employees.

2014 Grooming Team: 
Joe, Mike, Steve, Rob, James, Lliam, Mike, Torre, Ed, Alan and Jake.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Free Ski Day: Friday, March 14

 photo by Jackie Hovis 

Backyard Ski Day, Friday March 14 

The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) and local community partners invite everyone to enjoy a free cross-country ski day on Friday, March 14th.

Backyard Ski Day is a great way to experience the Methow Valley ski trails for the first time. Trail passes will not be required on this day and the event even includes free ski rentals and free ski lessons. Enjoy this barrier-free opportunity to experience the thrill of cross-country skiing. Bring your family, bring a friend, and enjoy a fantastic day outdoors on the ski trails. 

Details of the event include:
  • Free trail access all day on all the MVSTA ski trails. 
  • Free ski rentals can be obtained from Winthrop Mountain Sports, Methow Cycle & Sport, and the Mazama Ski School.  Reservations recommended. 
  • Free, one hour cross-country ski lesson courtesy of Methow Valley Ski School will begin at 10:00am at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama.
  • Free snow cat rides from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama
  • Free beverages and s’mores at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama from 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Dogs also enjoy complementary trail access ( with free deer carcasses here and there.)  

Program 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, Methow Valley Ski School, Nordic Ultratune, Rivers Edge Resort, Rocking Horse Bakery, Smartwool, Sun Mountain Lodge and Winthrop Mountain Sports.

For more information on Backyard Ski Day contact 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 Methow Valley 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.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Grooming til April 1st, Ski Pass Deal, Upcoming Events


MVSTA plans to groom and keep the ski trails open until April 1st this season. An incredible opportunity to ski right into spring.  March provides some of the very best skiing of the year. The sun shines, the days are longer, the temperatures are comfortable and the trails are in great shape.  Follow the MVSTA Grooming Report for daily updates on conditions.

Trail passes will be required through March.  MVSTA is offering a special a season pass now for next ski season and the pass will also be good for the remainder of this year.  Passes are being offered at the early season price of just $275 per person.  You need to ski just 13 times to make a season pass worthwhile and you could do all of that this March alone!   Passes can be purchased at the MVSTA office in Winthrop.

There are a number of great events in March including:

  • 200k Challenge.  If you haven't reached your 200 kilometer goal yet, keep skiing!  You have until March 13 to reach this goal. Then be sure to enter your name on the MVSTA website to be eligible for prizes. 
  • Fat Bike. Have your cycled in the snow yet?   
  • Winthrop Balloon Festival- March 7-9.  As if the Winthrop scenery wasn't incredible enough, over a dozen hot air balloons fill the ski for this festival.  Balloons launch in the morning and you can ski the rest of the day = Perfect!
  • Backyard Ski Day- March 14  MVSTA's final "free ski day" at the Mazama Trailhead. Bring a friend who has never skied before! Come meet some of our groomers, enjoy some food and social time with new and old friends. 
  • Trail Running Film Festival - March 18 at the Twisp River Pub hosted by Rainshadow Running. A great way to get inspired for some trail running after your ski season is all done.  
  • See how great spring skiing is. We filmed this video in March. Note the sunshine, light jackets and fast snow!  

Thursday, February 20, 2014


MVSTA's plan is to groom until April 1st.  (no joke).   We have more snow than we had last year at this time. The skiing is fantastic and  will be for weeks to come. The fat biking is also perfect with lots of packed snow. If the everyday event of incredible skiing, scenery and sun isn't enough to entice you over check out our events calendar for upcoming weekend activities.  Here are some photos from the past couple of days on the trails: