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If you love the Methow Valley, you will love its winter. There’s no disputing the valley’s beauty under a mantle of fresh snow. But it’s not just a postcard experience. The Methow beckons you to get outside and do something in the winter sunshine. And there are so many choices, for all ages and abilities. Methow Winter 2017–18 provides basic, easily accessible information about anything you might want to try — Nordic and alpine skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing, stargazing and more. We hope you’ll find it useful for enjoying everything the valley has to offer. You’ll appreciate the variety of experiences. If you’ve been here before, try something new. Our
innkeepers, retailers, restaurateurs, guides, instructors, rental outlets, service providers and others are ready to take care of your every need. When they’re not working, many of them will be out there with you. Consult our Directory of Advertisers on page 34 to learn how they can help you. Not everything is happening outside. Arts, food-and-drink, music, entertainment and educational opportunities will amply fill whatever’s left of your day. See our calendar of events on pages 32–33 for a look ahead. Make sure you schedule enough time to enjoy all the valley has to offer. If you do, you will understand what the skier on the cover of Methow Winter 2017–18 is smiling about.
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ashing through the snow on two fat tires is becoming more and more popular in the Methow Valley, where fat bike riding opportunities have ballooned in recent years to meet the demand. Fat biking is just plain fun. The wide tires, inflated at low pressure, allow fat bikes to roll over soft, slippery surfaces like snow. Enthusiasts say riding a fat bike feels like floating. Cyclists who can’t stand to put away their bikes in winter find fat biking a great way to make riding a year-round sport. And Nordic skiers have discovered that fat bike riding is a good way to cross-train and get out on snow when conditions aren’t optimal for skiing. No waxing required. Methow Trails, the organization that grooms 120 miles of ski trails, tapped into the fat bike craze several years ago, and now offers about 22 miles of trails that are open to fat bikes. A group of local fat bike enthusiasts, organized under the name “Methow Fatbike,” also promotes fat biking in the valley, grooming about 15 miles of fat bike trails outside of the Methow Trails system. Methow Fatbike also hosts events for fat bikers, including weekly evening rides and an annual gathering that draws fat bikers from throughout the Northwest. Part of the appeal of fat biking is that it doesn’t require a lot of technical skills and is fun for beginners and experienced riders alike. Steve Mitchell, owner of Rocking Horse Bakery and a longtime fat bike fan, said kids are often successful as beginners because they are light and don’t sink into the snow. That’s one of the reasons that fat biking is a popular family sport. With plenty of groomed trails for fat bikes, varied terrain and spectacular scenery, the Methow Valley is a perfect place to pedal through winter.
FUN FAT BIKE EVENTS IN THE METHOW VALLEY Weekly Wednesday night “Fat & Fire” Join other fat tire enthusiasts for Fat & Fire, a group ride and bonfire every Wednesday night in winter. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Pearrygin Lake State Park West Campground Trailhead with your fat bike and a good light for an evening ride. After the ride, throw something on the propane grill for dinner and warm yourself around the bonfire. Fat & Fire
is free but a parking pass is required. Annual Northwest fat bike meetup, Jan. 13–14, 2018 Fat bikers from all over the Northwest and beyond convene in the valley for group rides, night rides, fun and friends. Information is available on the Northwest Fat Bike Facebook page, on Methow Fatbike Facebook or Methow Cycle & Sports website events listings.
Find fat bike trails at several areas around the valley. PHOTO BY STEVE MITCHELL
Trails in and around the valley Operated by Methow Trails: • Big Valley Ranch — 4.8 miles of easy riding along rivers and through meadows. • Rendezvous — 7.6 miles on Gunn Ranch Road and to Grizzly Hut with panoramic views. • Town Trailhead — 6.3 miles of gentle terrain via the Winthrop Rink or Winthrop Fish Hatchery to Bitterbrush and
Barnsley loops. • John’s Way — 3.2 flat miles in Mazama. Operated in partnership by Methow Fatbike volunteers, Pearrygin Lake State Park and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: • Lloyd Ranch — 5 miles of groomed fat bike trails over rolling hills with great mountain
views (see map, opposite page). • Pearrygin Lake State Park — 10 miles of groomed multi-use trails (ski, snowshoe, fat bike), over rolling hills. Trail connects to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Land, with another 20 miles of trails and roads (see map, next page). • Loup Loup Ski Bowl — 14 miles of multi-use trail that connects to South Summit.
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Skate outdoors at the Winthrop Rink
or decades, folks in the Methow Valley went ice skating outside the old-fashioned way — by finding an area big enough to flood and freeze when the conditions were right. The dream of a permanent outdoor facility was realized in 2007 when the Winthrop Rink was completed, thanks to a state grant matched by local donations of money, time and materials. But it wasn’t until the winter of 2016-17 that the final phase of the rink plan was finally completed: a permanent ice-making system was installed. That meant the rink’s operating season is no longer dependent on weather conditions, and that skaters can enjoy a smooth, consistent surface. Now the outdoor rink is open for about four months a year, beginning
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in mid-November and continuing through mid-March, and operates into the winter evenings thanks to a lighting system. That means the rink can confidently schedule a full slate of skating sessions and lessons for casual skaters, or for students who are just learning or improving, and provide drop-in sessions for hockey “rink rats” — as well as other activities including adult and youth hockey tournaments. Skating in the open air on a bright winter day makes the Winthrop Rink a special experience. The outdoor setting, with its views of the valley, is irresistible to all kinds of skaters, and hockey players are especially appreciative. Don’t worry if you’re not equipped for a spin round the rink. Rentals are available for those who don’t have their own skates.
The rink is located just off of Twin Lakes Road behind the Methow River Lodge and Cabins. Parking is available at the rink, or at the adjacent Winthrop Town Trailhead. It is a short walk from downtown Winthrop via the Spring Creek pedestrian bridge.
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The rink is entirely outdoors, with boards around the entire surface and transparent plastic panels around most of the surface, and has regulation National Hockey League dimensions. It is lighted for late afternoon and evening operation. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available. There are several changing rooms for hockey teams, and an upstairs gallery with windows overlooking the ice surface. The rink has its own ice-resurfacing machine.
WHEN TO GO
The rink opens in mid-November and operates until mid-March. Operating hours vary. Visit www. winthropicerink.com or email winthropicerink@ gmail.com for complete information about scheduled sessions and other events, as well as prices for rink time and equipment rentals. Season passes are available.
WHAT TO DO
Programs include open skating; pick-up hockey sessions (gear and helmet required) for men and women rat rinks; youth hockey for boys and girls; lessons for beginners and advanced skaters; “cheap skate” nights with reduced rates; and Friday night themed skating sessions, with half-price admission for anybody wearing a costume.
L ACE UP
Skating equipment, and some hockey gear, are available for rental.
For adult teams: • The Great Puckaroo Roundup, Dec. 1–3 • TechRech Winter Classic, Jan. 6–7 • The Great Puckaroo Roundup, Jan. 26–28 For youth teams: • Great Outdoors Classic, Dec. 8–10 • Great Outdoors Classic, Feb. 9–11 • Great Outdoors Classic, Feb. 23–25
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• During Christmas at the End of the Road festivities on Nov. 25, the rink will feature Santa on ice, who
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Planned facility upgrades include more outside bleachers and protective netting for the spectators. Also, the rink is hoping to bring in professional skaters for performances.
Rink Manager, Connor Walsh
DID YOU KNOW?
• The popular Apple Puck game between the Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars collegiate hockey teams, inaugurated last year, will be back! Date to be announced. • Not all ice-resurfacing machines are Zambonis. The Winthrop Rink’s machine is made by Olympia. • Meetings and special events space is available for rental. Call (509) 996-4199. • During the summer, the rink is open for roller skating and pickleball.
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ooking for a challenging, family-friend alpine skiing experience without all the big resort hassles? It’s only minutes away. Loup Ski Bowl, on Highway 20 between Twisp and Okanogan, is a local favorite, especially for families. Loup Loup also draws people from a wider area who are looking for a multi-faceted, fun day in a breathtaking setting — and who don’t want to waste time waiting in long lift lines. Loup Loup’s appeal doesn’t stop at downhill skiing. Snowboarding,
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tubing, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing on adjacent trails are all part of the adventure. Take advantage of skiing lessons for all ability levels, with certified instructors (check out the special offers). Don’t have your own gear with you? Rent whatever you need. To start your day with a quick breakfast, or for après ski relaxation, grab a beverage and enjoy a meal at the day lodge. The Loup is a uniquely Methow experience — highquality recreation in a lowkey atmosphere. Spread the word.
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• 1,240 vertical feet; 10 cut runs; highest elevation, 5,280 feet; 23 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails; 50 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails at nearby South Summit; tubing hill; terrain park. • Quad chair lift, platter surface tow, rope tow. • Ski school, snowboarding lessons, Nordic lessons, tubing hill, equipment rentals and repairs, day lodge with food and beverage service from breakfast through lunch with options for kids, first aid room, snowshoeing and fat biking, some designated
dog-friendly trails. • Season passes and day passes available.
SPECIAL E VENTS
The Loup hosts several events each winter, including the Wolf Chase ski races; a slope style competition for snowboarders; and a combined, team event that includes downhill skiing, tubing, Nordic skiing and fat bike segments. Also back this season is a randonee race that involves skiing up to the top of a hill, and then back down. Check the website, skitheloup. com, for details.
WHEN TO GO:
• Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during January and February, 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m. • Open every day during Christmas week, except Christmas Day • Open all week for President’s holiday and Martin Luther King holiday
Loup Loup Ski Bowl is located on Highway 20, southeast of Twisp and Winthrop.
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The Wild Wolf tubing hill at the Loup promises one thrilling ride after another. PHOTO BY MARCY STAMPER
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WHAT’S NE W:
Planning is in the works for a new feature that will have wide appeal, according to General Manager C.P. Grosenick. Watch the Methow Valley News for updates.
DID YOU KNOW?
• The Loup Loup Alpine Ski Team, for local kids ages 7 and up, trains at the Loup and competes around the region. • Loup Loup is in the middle of a long-term project to clear brush and
AT A GL ANCE: •Downhill skiing •Snowboarding •Inner tubing •Nordic skiing •Fat biking •Snowshoeing overgrowth from the areas between the ski runs. • The annual Taste of Three Valleys dinner and auction in October raises funds to support special programs at the nonprofit ski area.
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Methow’s dark skies put on a brilliant show all winter
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hile here in the Methow Valley on your winter vacation, be sure to make a quick dash outside after sunset to check out the stars. The night sky is dark here, and unlike Seattle you will be able to see a lot more than just the bright ones. Be sure to get away from distracting lights, particularly those annoying Christmas lights. The subtleties of the night sky cannot compete with a lit-up version of an 8-foot tall Frosty the Snowman. One of the easiest constellations to see up there is Orion, the hunter, and his friends. Early in the winter, look for him rising in the east on his side. Later he will be standing upright, tall and proud in the south. If you are unfamiliar with Orion, look for three bright stars, evenly
spaced, all in a row. They represent his belt, and there is nothing else in the sky quite like it. Then look for four stars making a large rectangle around the belt. Did you know that stars have different colors? Check out the one at the upper left. It is noticeably red while the star at the bottom right is blue-white. The red one has a strange name, Betelgeuse, and it means “shoulder of the giant.” It is a huge star, much larger than our modest-sized sun. Rigel is the bluewhite star below and it is a super-hot, bright star shining tens of thousands of times brighter than our sun. Orion has a couple of hunting dogs with him. The larger one is easy to find. Just line up the three stars of the belt and point down and to the left to find the very bright star Sirius. If you use your imagination, you can almost make out a faint dog out of the dimmer
stars nearby. Good luck! Above and to the west of Orion, a small “V” of dim stars with one bright one form Taurus, the bull. The hunter is usually depicted battling this beast, which does not appear to be nearly as big as him. Just west of Taurus is a little grouping of dimmer stars that is everyone’s favorite, the Pleiades star cluster. They were the beautiful Seven Sisters and were Orion’s girlfriends, but in his dreams only. He chased them all over ancient Greece and chases them still from east to west across the sky, but never catches them.
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Winter nights are often clearer and darker than summer nights because the cold air is heavy and steady, allowing us to see even further into the night sky. If there is no moon to drown out
the fainter objects, you might want to try going deeper into the night sky. Look below Orion’s belt for three dimmer stars. Does one of them look a little fuzzy? Check it out with binoculars to be sure. That is the Orion Nebula, a vast cloud of gas thousands of times bigger than our solar system. Did you know you can see the Milky Way in the winter? It is not as bright as in the summer, but look for a faint glow of light stretching from north to south overhead in the late winter. That is the glow of billions of stars in the galaxy we call home. Feel like you want more of a challenge? Then look for an entirely different galaxy out at the limit of what the naked eye can see. High up in the north, find the “W” of the constellation Cassiopeia. Then look about one “W” width to the south. It is going to be up overhead so you might want to Back on the field
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VOL. 114 NO. 18
Fight against ski resort launched broader agenda By Ann McCreary
For many Methow Valley residents, the battle fought over a downhill ski resort in Mazama is a distant memory, or was over before they moved here.
Tell our advertisers you saw them here! But lessons learned during that conﬂict still guide the Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC), created four decades ago to lead the ﬁght against the proposed Early Winters ski area. “Forty years is a long time,” said Maggie Coon, who helped found MVCC in 1976, and has been involved in the organization for 15 of its 40 years, including her current position as chairman of the MVCC board of directors. “MVCC has had significant influ-
ence on the way the Methow Valley has grown and developed over the last 40 years. We’ve helped … instill a culture of advocacy, which is very much alive and well in the Methow Valley today,” Coon said. One of those early environmental advocates was Isabelle Spohn, who learned about plans for a destination ski hill at Sandy Butte soon after moving to Mazama in 1978. Spohn became involved in the new grassroots
group ﬁghting the resort, and remained actively involved for 35 years. “It seemed to me that many people [in the valley] hadn’t seen that kind of [development] happen before, and didn’t understand how quickly something like that could happen,” Spohn said. “It had the possibility of having an enormous impact on the valley. It was so out of scale for the valley,” she said. Even before MVCC was officially incorporated in 1976, some local citi-
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evidence of water on Ceres
By Ann McCreary
Outdoor adventure & lifestyle shots. Capturing experiences with family & friends.
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Emily Paul put her pig, Darwin, on a diet to be sure it qualifies for the market auction. A high school junior, Paul said raising pigs for the fair has made a big difference in her college fund. In addition to the pig, she plans to exhibit homemade caramels.
zens were raising alarms about rumors that Aspen Ski Corp. was making plans for a destination ski resort called Early Winters that could accommodate as many as 10,000 skiers a day — at a time when the entire population of the valley was only about 3,500 year-round residents. Bev and Jeff Zwar had recently moved to McFarland Creek when they
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Local 4-H swine raisers look forward to county fair, auction By Marcy Stamper
Cody Wottlin wrapped his shoelaces in duct tape because his pig Schnizel ﬁnds them so irresistible. But nibbling on the shoelaces is just for entertainment, said Wottlin, since Schnizel (formally known as Frederick Esquire III) is hardly lacking for nourishment. In fact, this year several of the pigs being raised by the Methow Valley Cascaders 4-H Club are on diets because they’re already nearing the maximum weight to be auctioned at the Okanogan County Fair. (Pigs need to be between 230 and 290 pounds to qualify for the market auction at the fair.) McKenna Ott is dealing with the opposite problem — she’s raising a pig from a late litter and it may not weigh enough for the auction. “You never know till you show up — as soon as you cross the scales,
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there’s no turning back,” said Erin White, the 4-H swine leader. Every year there are a few pigs that don’t qualify for the weight class. “Kids are devastated, but the parents are a lot more devastated,” said White. “It’s hard to watch the kid put in all that work.” If a pig is over or underweight, the child can still compete in ﬁtting and showing, but will have to sell the animal privately, which rarely brings as much money as the auction at the fair. “It was a cake-walk with these pigs — you could go right up to them from two months,” said Wottlin, an eighth-grader who speculated that the pigs he and his brother raised this year were so calm because they’d been handled from birth. “They’re pretty goodlooking, too,” he said.
Methow Valley kids expect to bring some 6,000 pounds of pork to the county fair this year — 22 kids have spent the past six months raising pigs. “Kids tell their friends how fun it was, so lots join,” said White. It is not uncommon for kids to sell a
pig at auction for $4 or $5 per pound, and some have scored as much as $7 per pound, earning more than $1,000 to put toward a college fund or a car. The fair guarantees a price of 60 cents per pound, but that doesn’t come close to covering the typical $500 investment in the pig, food and supplies. Emily and Bodie Paul like pigs for their generally equable disposition and the ability to earn money for college. Their older brother raised steers, but steers demand a longer commitment and a bigger investment. They also tend to have less predictable personalities, said Emily, a junior in high school. She remembered one steer that was so gentle that her brother could read a book while lying on its back, but other steers would attack everything in sight, including the fence. 4-H exposes kids to a lot more than raising an animal. “It’s part of life — they learn that even if they feed the animals every day and do everything they’re supposed to do,” sometimes it just doesn’t work out, said See FAIR, A3
A scientist at the Bear Fight Institute near Winthrop has described the first and only confirmed detection of water-rich material at the surface of Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Jean-Philippe Combe authored a research article published Friday (Sept. 2) in the journal Science, detailing the discovery of water ice on Ceres. Information leading to Combe’s discovery was transmitted by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which is orbiting Ceres. The detection of water ice on Ceres is inherently intriguing, Combe said in an interview last week. “Anything that involves water is very interesting and exciting. Water is an essential substance in the general evolution of any planet, and also for the creation of life, the type of life that we know anyway,” Combe said. “Water in our solar system is potentially related to creation of life. You have to start with detection of H20 to go further,” he said.
“I don’t know if people are making a fuss, although I have seen more people than in a long time,” said Enid Shaw, just over a week shy of her 100th birthday. “It’s a lot of attention — that’s all I can tell you.” Enid Pauline Gobat was born in Pateros on Sept. 16, 1916, and grew up there,
Finding the water ice on the surface was surprising, Combe said. The water ice was detected using a Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectrometer (VIR) carried aboard the Dawn spacecraft, which began orbiting Ceres in March 2015. The VIR measures the sunlight scattered on the surface of Ceres in a range of wavelengths from the near ultraviolet to the near infrared. Data obtained through VIR reveals mineral and molecular composition, and in this case revealed the presence of water. The water ice was observed in a 10-kilometer-wide crater named Oxo. See CERES, A3
Photo courtesy of Bear Fight Institute Jean-Philippe Combe of the Bear Fight Institute near Winthrop has identified the presence of water ice on the dwarf planet, Ceres.
At 100, Enid Shaw reflects on a Methow Valley life well-lived By Marcy Stamper
That’s not to imply that Ceres provides any indication of supporting life, Combe said. Of interest, though, is the presence of the water ice on the surface of Ceres, Combe said. Planetary scientists have long suspected that the interior of Ceres is composed of large amounts of water or ice, Combe said. “We knew that from the measurements of density of Ceres there has to be some ice in the bulk of Ceres. It is not dense enough to be made entirely of rocks. The obvious component was ice,” he said.
when she was in her early 20s, after studying typing and commercial subjects in Spokane. She married Roy Richard Shaw (known as “Dick”) in 1937. They raised their five children in a rudimentary two-room cottage that had once served as a teacher’s residence at the old Beaver Creek schoolhouse. They used to carry water up from the creek in 10-gallon cream cans. “It was a hill to
lie back in a lounge chair. If you spot a faint little smudge of light up there, congratulations, you have found the Andromeda Galaxy. Unless you have been looking through telescopes a lot, that is the biggest and the most-distant object you have ever seen. Coming closer to home, the planets are right next door compared to these deep sky wonders. Jupiter will be rising in the east before sunrise and will be easier to see as winter progresses. It will be the brightest thing out there and hard to miss if you can see low in the east. The other planets are too close to the sun to be easily seen this winter. If you want to spot something much closer, keep an eye out for the International Space Station. It will look like a very bright star moving rapidly from west to east across the sky. If, you see a blinking light on it, it is an airplane. Go online for times and dates when it is visible. If you are feeling cold out there under the stars, keep in mind that on Jan. 2, our little orb will be at its closest to the sun. Maybe that thought will warm you up a bit.
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Snowmobiling options abound in the Methow Valley. PHOTO BY DOLLY STAHL
To the back country and beyond
ant to enjoy expansive views, travel through meadows blanketed with snow, or just spend a day with friends in the backcountry? With 177 miles of groomed snowmobile trails from five Sno-Parks in the Methow Valley, you can do all that — and more, by connecting with routes to Conconully or Chelan for a lunch stop. Snowmobiling not only provides a chance to take in glorious highmountain scenery in different parts of the valley and the Okanogan, but it’s also becoming increasingly popular with skiers and snowshoers as a way to get to further off the beaten track. Backcountry skiers often head up the North Cascades Highway by sled, and then strap on their skis and climbing skins to get up to powder-filled bowls. Snowshoers also use snow machines to increase their options in the high country. Like skiers, snowmobilers prize fresh powder. “It gives you that weightless, floating feeling,” said Craig 16
Stahl, president of the snowmobile association. But attaining that floating feeling takes the right equipment — and technique — so that you don’t get bogged down. Newer snow machines and considerable skill are key to handling these conditions. “Getting unstuck can be an art,” said Stahl. “It’s all about balance, throttle control and the conditions of the snow.” Another plus: On those days where an inversion keeps a low cloud cover over the valley, snowmobilers can quickly gain 2,000 vertical feet and be riding in spectacular sunshine. You can explore on your own, or get to know local trails and other sled enthusiasts by joining a weekly ride with the Methow Valley Snowmobile Association. The club’s rides take you to designated backcountry areas to play on the hills and always include a chuck wagon lunch. Club rides are open to everyone, and are a good way for lessexperienced riders to team up with others. Riders typically set out in small
groups from the Sno-Park. Snowmobiling can also be a family affair — some sleds are built for two people. You can also pull kids in a special sled behind the snowmobile on gentle terrain. And Washington State Parks’ winter recreation program offers safety-certification courses so kids 12 to 16 can ride on their own. The snowmobile association maintains two warming huts — one near Sweetgrass Butte and the other in Blackpine Basin, between the Goat Creek and Yellowjacket SnoParks — equipped with a wood stove and basic emergency supplies. The local Mountain Trails Grooming Association grooms three times a week, generally on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, although the schedule can change if conditions warrant. Groomers based in Okanogan groom from the North Summit Sno-Park at the Loup (providing connections to Conconully), and a Chelan club grooms from the Gold Creek Sno-Park, so you can link to trails in the Chelan network.
WHERE TO GO:
• Eightmile Sno-Park (Chewuch) • Boulder Creek Sno-Park (Chewuch) • Goat Creek Sno-Park (Mazama) • Yellowjacket Sno-Park (Lost River) • Twisp River Sno-Park (Twisp River/ Buttermilk) • North Summit, Loup Loup (motorized state Sno-Park permit required) • North Cascades Highway to Cutthroat Lake Road (no Sno-Park; groomed by local club) • Grooming info: mountaintrailsgrooming.blogspot.com
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The Methow Valley Snowmobile Association organizes weekly club rides (alternating on Saturday and Sunday), from Dec. 10 through March 24 (see mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com). Membership: family, $20/year; individual, $15/year The association meets the third Tuesday of each month from October to March at the Methow Valley Senior Center in Twisp. Potluck is at 6 p.m.;
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• extra warm and waterproof clothing • extra water and food in case you end up being out overnight • basic survival gear and first-aid equipment • emergency blanket • a way to build a fire
SAFET Y GUIDELINES FOR AVAL ANCHE COUNTRY • Carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe, and know how to use them. • Get the forecast and consider current avalanche and weather conditions when planning your ride. • Cross avalanche slopes one at a time, and don’t gather in run-out zones. • Look for signs of recent avalanche activity, which indicates snow is unstable. • Take an avalanche course. • Snowmobile Safety Certification
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Nordic skiing in the heart of the Methow Valley
he Methow Valley is known as a Nordic skier’s paradise for good reason. It’s not just the unprecedented number of groomed kilometers available, nor the access to terrain flat, rolling, and hilly. It’s more than the sweeping vistas and
the glittering ribbon of trail winding through fields and forests. It’s the idea that as you explore the trails in and around the Methow Valley, you’re taking hold of a landscape making it your own. Once you’ve skied in this special place, the Methow Valley becomes a part of you.
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NORDIC SKIING: the basics KE Y PL AYER S
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, a community nonprofit ski hill, offers nearly 75 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails near Loup Loup Pass. www.skitheloup. com/nordic-skiing, (509) 557-3401. Methow Trails, a 41-year-old recreation-focused nonprofit organization that establishes and maintains more than 200 kilometers of trail from Mazama to Winthrop. www. methowtrails.org, (509) 996-3287.
FIND TR AIL S
There are five major trailheads for access to Nordic skiing in the Methow Valley; three of them are linked. The Methow Trails system comprises three main areas, all connected by the 30K Methow Community Trail, which stretches from Winthrop to Mazama with spurs up to Sun Mountain and out to Wilson Ranch and Early Winters Creek. The Sun Mountain and Rendezvous areas are the highest and
thus tend to be open earliest (often by Thanksgiving) and stay groomed the longest (through April 1 in good snow years). COMMUNITY TRAIL. The 30K Methow Community Trail (MCT) is the most easily accessed section of trail in the system. Ski moderate terrain through sunny fields or undertake a fun point-to-point ski with some hill climbing in between Mazama and Winthrop. SUN MOUNTAIN. The Sun Mountain trails offer varied terrain, with everything from sustained hill climbs to some relatively flat loops. A warming hut at the Chickadee Trailhead makes starting in this area quite comfortable. RENDEZVOUS. If you like hills, youâ€™ll want to hit the Rendezvous, accessible from Cub Creek, Mazama, and the Gunn Ranch Road. This area has a backcountry feel, even when youâ€™re no more than a few kilometers from a trailhead.
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The Loup Loup Pass area offers two Nordic options: Bear Mountain and South Summit. SOUTH SUMMIT. Located 12 miles east of Twisp, this area features 50K of trails with some dog-friendly options. BEAR MOUNTAIN. Accessed by the same parking lot as Loup Loup’s alpine hill, Bear Mountain offers hilly terrain with sweeping views from the higher reaches. If your time and stamina allow, climb Gabion for stunning views, traverse on Eclipse, and complete the loop by descending on Bear Mountain Loop.
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• 200+ kilometers of groomed Nordic ski trails in the Methow Trails system. Methow Trails grooms more than 25,000 kilometers annually. • 75 kilometers of trails groomed weekly in the Loup Loup area. • Daily grooming report and grooming app. Visit www. methowtrails.org/winter-trails to find download link. • Peaceful, uncrowded conditions on trails freshly groomed for both skate and classic skiing
• Kids 17 and under ski free every day. • Warming huts at convenient locations along the trail system. • Ski rentals and lessons. Learn to ski or improve your technique through private or group instruction. Purchase new equipment or test drive cutting-edge gear. • Almost 30 kilometers of dogfriendly trails. Those passionate about canines and skinny skis will love the chance to bring their dogs out on the trails where they’re allowed. • Adaptive skiing options. Adaptive Nordic skiing on a sit ski allows those with long-term physical disabilities as well as those recovering from knee or hip replacements to enjoy the magic of Nordic skiing. Methow Trails has two adult sit skis available for loan in Winthrop and Mazama. With advance notice, they can frequently provide trained volunteer support as well.
SPECIAL E V ENTS
Methow Trails hosts numerous
events in the winter, ranging from races as competitive as the Methow Valley Pursuit — with two 30K loppets and a family-friendly 10K loppet — to those as wild and wacky as the Doggy Dash, where costumed humans and canines battle it out in the 6-legged race. Check Methow Trails’ events page for details at www.methowtrails.org/events. Methow Valley Nordic presents several events, including the Methow Valley Ski Camp at Sun Mountain in December and the Lee Adams Tour of the Methow, which gives skiers the choice of 20K, 30K, 50K, and 80K stretches of trail in a non-competitive environment. Visit Methow Valley Nordic’s events page for details at www.methowvalleynordic.com/events. Cascade Endurance offers and annual women’s ski and yoga retreat. More information is available at www. cascadeendurance.com/eventsintro.
WHEN TO GO
From the moment the snow flies until the day it all melts. Methow Trails begins rolling trails with the first snowfall and can groom with heavy
equipment as soon as there are 6 inches on the ground. Depending on conditions in the spring, they often groom through April 1. Nordic trails in the Loup Loup area are typically groomed on Thursdays and Fridays. Some of the best skiing conditions can be found after President’s Day weekend, which is when many visitors stop traveling to the valley. Sunny skies, comfortable temperatures, fast conditions. Methow Trails routes are open from dawn ’til dusk and no one will frown upon a night ski as long as you stay out of the way of the groomers.
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• Canadian visitors to the Methow Trails system ski at par (Canadian dollars are on par with U.S. dollars). • On Saturdays in January and February a free ski shuttle transports skiers to the Brown’s Farm and Mazama trailheads. • The Rendezvous Huts (www.rendezvous huts.com) offers a Europeanstyle front-country skiing experience, accessed from the Cub Creek, Gunn
Ranch and Mazama trailheads. Ski all day, cozy up to the wood stove with a book for the evening. • “StorySki” panels illustrated by lcoaql author/artist Erik Brooks usher young skiers down the trail. Located at Chickadee, Winthrop Town, and Mazama trailheads. • The Methow Valley is likely to field three members of the US Ski Team in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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Get in gear for winter recreation
inter sports require specialized equipment. If you didn’t bring it, you can probably rent it in the Methow Valley. Here’s where to find the goods.
WINTHROP METHOW TRAILS. www.methowtrails.org, (509) 996-3287 Methow Trails does not rent gear, but it does maintain the valley’s 120 miles (200-plus kilometers) of groomed cross country ski trails. Go to its website or visit the office at 309 Riverside Ave. in Winthrop for information and maps on all winter recreational activities. METHOW VALLEY SKI SCHOOL. www. methownet.com/skischool Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day Rents equipment and gives Nordic ski lessons out of three locations: The Sun Mountain Lodge activity shop, (509) 996-4735; Mazama Junction, (509) 996-3744; and Methow Cycle &
Sport in Winthrop, (509) 996-3645. Gear may be rented at any of the three locations and returned to another. For parents who want to go farther than their little ones can ski, Methow Valley Ski School also rents pulks, an enclosed sled on skis that tows a child behind an adult skier; as well as snowshoes. Individual or group Nordic ski lessons with a certified instructor may be arranged at all three locations. SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE ACTIVITY SHOP. www.sunmountainlodge.com, (509) 996-4735 Besides having the Methow Valley Ski School and its rental operations based out of the activity shop, Sun Mountain Lodge also offers horsedrawn sleigh rides, with or without a dinner package. Sleigh rides may be reserved by calling the activity shop. Guided steelhead fishing trips on the Methow River may be booked at the activity shop from October-March. Fly rods may be rented by the day.
METHOW CYCLE & SPORT. methowcyclesport.com, (509) 996-3645 Open 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. daily Rents fat bikes in every size made, for adults and kids. Bikes can be rented for four hours to four days. Helmets and hand protection for riding on cold days are also provided. As the store is an outlet for the Methow Valley Ski School, classic and skate ski gear for adults and kids is available, as well as snowshoes and pulks. Nordic ski lessons may also be booked at the bike shop. WINTHROP MOUNTAIN SPORTS. www. winthropmountainsports.com, (509) 996-2886 Open 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon.– Fri., and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Offers full- or half-day rentals of classic, skate, touring, and alpine touring ski packages for adults as well as classic and skate ski pack. Racing ski packages are available by reservation. Also rents snowshoes for kids and adults, poles included, as
well as Kindershuttle and Chariot pulks — snow sleds for pulling young children behind an adult skier. CASCADES OUTDOOR STORE. www.cascadesoutdoorstore.com, (509) 996-3480 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days Rents skate and waxless classic ski packages for adults and kids. For those interested in comparing several brands of skis, the demo fee is the same as the daily rental fee, and is waived if skis are purchased. WINTHROP RINK. www.winthropicerink.com Check the website for days and hours of operation. The rink rents ice skates in all sizes and hockey sticks; helmets are provided for free. Skate sharpening is also available. Ice skating and hockey sessions, theme nights and parties run throughout the season. Adult and children’s lessons are also available. NORDIC ULTRA-TUNE. www. nordicultratune.com, (509) 996-4145
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Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday Precision stone grinding or waxing. CHEWACK RIVER GUEST RANCH. www. facebook.com/Chewack-River-GuestRanch-83874154494, (509) 996-2497 Offers half- and full-day snowmobile rentals at the ranch located six miles north of Winthrop on East Chewuch Road. Both single and double sleds are available. Snowsuits and helmets are part of the rental package. Reservations are recommended. Two-hour, fourhour and full-day guided snowmobile tours are also available.
T WISP LOUP LOUP RENTAL EQUIPMENT SHOP. www.skitheloup.com, (509) 557-3406 Open 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day the ski area is open Located near the day lodge at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. The shop rents full or half-day alpine ski and snowboard packages, helmets, rentals, and Nordic ski gear. Loup Loup Ski Bowl also rents inner tubes for use on its tubing
hill near the lodge. Private or group downhill ski and snowboard lessons with certified instructors are available for adults and kids by the hour. “First-timer” specials include lift ticket, rental equipment and a onehour lesson. LOUP LOUP SKI & SNOWBOARD SHOP. www.louploupskishop.com, (509) 846-5076; call for hours Located at 427 Highway 20 South in Twisp, next to Hank’s Harvest Foods. The shop offers full- or half-day alpine ski and snowboard packages — both of which include helmets — for kids and adults. Snowshoe rentals are also available. Classic Mountain Cabby runs a shuttle service to Loup Loup Ski Bowl from here on weekends. (See below.) CLASSIC MOUNTAIN CABBY. jtd2014. wix.com/classicmountaincabby, (509) 996-2894 Classic Mountain Cabby provides passenger shuttle service, by appointment only, for people and their skis, snowboards, bikes and fishing gear to trailheads and ski areas through-
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MA Z AMA GOAT’S BEARD MOUNTAIN SUPPLIES. www.goatsbeardmountainsupplies.com, (509) 996-2515 Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily Located across the courtyard from the Mazama Store. Specializes in ski gear for folks who want to get off the trails and into the backcountry. Goat’s Beard rents both alpine touring ski gear — designed for steeper
terrain — and metal-edged backcountry touring ski gear — better for traveling over rolling terrain. The store also rents avalanche airbag packs, for safety while skiing the backcountry. The shop also rents burley ski pulks, snowshoes, and split snowboards, for climbing up and shredding back down the mountain. JACK’S HUT. www.freestoneinn.com/jacks-hut, (509) 996-3906 ext. 356 Located at the Freestone Inn on Highway 20 west of Mazama. Jack’s Hut sells outdoor clothing and gear as well as trail passes, rents some equipment, arranges outings and also serves food and beverages. All 996 and 997 prefixes are in the 509 area code.
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Step into winter
here are good reasons why an activity that started thousands of years ago as a mode of transportation is now one of the fastest growing winter sports. Here are a few of them: It’s fun. Snowshoeing opens up a winter world that offers quiet solitude or a social outing. It’s easy to learn. People say if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Unlike skiing, the learning curve is low. Your technique will improve with experience, so strap on the shoes and start exploring. It’s family-friendly. Since it’s an easy-to-learn sport and can be as relaxed or strenuous as you want to make it, snowshoeing is a great
activity for families. It’s inexpensive. Required gear is snowshoes that you rent or buy, perhaps some poles, and of course warm clothes. If you decide to explore the miles of snowshoe trails maintained by Methow Trails, you’ll need a trail pass that costs $5/day. If you want to explore offtrail, it’s free. It’s good for you. Snowshoeing provides a low-impact, aerobic exercise that helps you stay in shape during the winter. And, it poses little risk of injury. It’s versatile. You can go easy or go hard, flat or steep. And it allows you to travel in terrain and in conditions that don’t work for skiing or walking. PHOTO BY DONNI REDDINGTON
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Whether you are new to the sport or experienced on snowshoes, you’ll enjoy a “Nature of Winter” snowshoe tour hosted by Methow Trails throughout the winter. These family-friendly tours are led by local volunteer naturalists who provide information about winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, snow science and more. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and last 90-120 minutes, depending on conditions. A $5 Methow Trails snowshoe pass or ski pass is required. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations. Email Methow Trails at email@example.com for more information. Sponsored by Methow Trails, the U.S. Forest Service, and Atlas Snowshoes. This year’s Nature of Winter tours take place on Saturdays, Jan. 6 – Feb. 24. Tours meet at the Sun Mountain Lodge Ski Shop and Jacks Hut at the Freestone Inn.
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TR AIL S
Methow Trails offers more than 40 miles of groomed, signed snowshoe trails through varied terrain. You’ll travel through forests and meadows, beside rivers and along ridgetops. All you need is a Methow Trails snowshoe pass ($5) or ski pass, and a map of the trail system. The trails at Pearrygin Lake and Lloyd Ranch are also open to snowshoers. For information on these options, see the fat biking article on page 6.
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APRIL 11, 2018 MARC TEICHOLZ, MICHAEL PARTINGTON DUO ~ CLASSICAL GUITAR Conﬂuence Gallery, Twisp 7:00 PM
When you’re not on the trails ... 1. GET ARTSY Find world-class art at Confluence Gallery & Art Center on Glover Street in Twisp, and at the Winthrop Gallery on Riverside Avenue. Both feature works by Methow Valley artists, and lots of gift-giving possibilities. Also, check out the artists and craftspeople on the TwispWorks campus, where studios are open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Some valley shops also display local art, notably Rocking Horse Bakery in Winthrop and Cinnamon Twisp Bakery in Twisp. Look for unique items at other boutiques and stores in Twisp and Winthrop. 2. FEEL THE WARMTH Love the idea of a big stone fireplace to gather around with a glass of wine and/or a nosh? Try the Freestone Inn and Sun Mountain Lodge lobbies, or check out the dining room at the Mazama Country Inn. Your hosts at
any of them can tell you about activities on-site or nearby. 3. BOOK IT Need something to read at the end of the day? Browse for leisure-time reading material, or sit for a while with an espresso, at Winthrop’s impressively stocked Trail’s End Bookstore on Riverside Avenue. Check out the children’s section at the back of the store, with big picture windows overlooking the river. 4. BODY WORK Get a massage, facial manicure, pedicure or other personal pampering. Try the Nectar Skin Bar and Boutique in Winthrop, or head on up to Sun Mountain Lodge for special treament in the spa. Looking for indoor exercise? Get a day pass at Winthrop Physical Therapy & Fitness and take advantage of a wide range of modern workout equipment in a pleasant environment. This is a good place to meet local folks.
5. BE ENTERTAINED Check out what’s going on at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Live music is on tap at many local bars and eateries — often with no cover charge — including Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Sixknot Taphouse, Twisp River Suites, the Branding Iron, Mick & Miki’s Red Cedar Bar, Copper Glance and The Barnyard Cinema. The Methow Valley Community Center, Winthrop Barn, Sun Mountain Lodge, Freestone Inn and Mazama Country Inn also host musical events. Check the weekly “What’s Happening” page in the Methow Valley News for the most current information. 6. NUPTUALLY SPE AKING Get married. Summer’s lovely, but winter can be a spectacular setting for nuptials. Check out the Methow Valley News “Valley Vows” publication for complete information on how to make
it happen. Look for copies around town for find the digital version on our website, www.methowvalleynews.com. 7. TALK IT OVER Enjoy a casual conversation and great coffee at Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Kind Grinds, Rocking Horse Bakery, 3 Bears Cafe & Quilts, the Mazama Store, Oliver’s Artisan Kitchen. You’ll be served blends from one or the other of the Methow Valley’s specialty coffee companies: Blue Star and Lariat Coffee Roasters in Winthrop. 8. GO ALOFT In a place with numerous magical experiences, floating above the valley in a hot air balloon ranks high on the list. You launch from Winthrop just after sunrise with the folks at Morning Glory Balloon Tours, when winds are calm and the valley seems still asleep. And yet when you rise above the treetops you see signs of life everywhere:
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coyotes tracking across fields, ravens gliding on currents beside you, the sun sparkling on ice crystals below. The sun hits your rainbow-hued balloon and as it warms you, you realize you’ve been holding your breath, reluctant to disrupt what seems like a journey through a wardrobe to a distant land. The Methow Valley spreads below you, a glittering quilt of snow. You glide soundlessly, exploring terrain from a vantage few will ever experience. On the first weekend of March, Winthrop hosts an annual balloon fest, when dozens of balloons from around the Northwest fill the morning skies. The site of so many silent colorful bubbles juxtaposed against a blue sky is eclipsed only by the otherworldly glow of a balloon lit up in downtown Winthrop on the second night of the festival. Contact: Morning Glory Balloon Tours, www.balloonwinthrop.com, (509) 997-1700, firstname.lastname@example.org 9. EN JOY THE SHOW An eagerly-anticipated vision came to fruition this year, with the opening of
The Barnyard Cinema in Winthrop. At The Barnyard Cinema, an eclectic roster of films ranging from wide-release to independent to arty rotates through the theater’s deluxe viewing room, complete with oversize recliners and an unparalleled sound system. Local beer, wine, coffee, and a quintessential movie-house candy selection complete the package; this is the real deal. The Barnyard Cinema provides access to more than just a thoughtfully curated schedule of films; it offers a chance for audiences to share the experience of watching a film with others: of laughing, weeping, and gasping with fellow community members. The silver screen is indeed magical, not just for the communal celebration of the art form, but because of the questions the films elicit and the conversations they inspire. Contact: The Barnyard Cinema, www. thebarnyardcinema.com, (509) 9963222, email@example.com
Harvest Foods deli, Mazama Store, Rocking Horse Bakery, Carlton Store, Kind Grinds and Cinnamon Twisp Bakery. There are a lot of other places where we tend to quietly blend in. You can easily do the same. 11. SUPPORT RE AL NEWS Keep up with local goings-on with a subscription to the Methow Valley News, delivered to you once a week with fresh stories and tons of useful information. Call (509) 997-7011, email frontdesk@ methowvalleynews.com or visit our website, www.methowvalleynews.com.
The Mazama Store is a great place to stop for a chat and try your luck at looking local. PHOTO BY DONNI REDDINGTON
10. GET TO KNOW US It’s easy to feel local. We have our hangouts. If you really want to see what we look like, try places the Hank’s
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CENTRAL RESERVATIONS: 996-2148 or (800) 422-3048; www.centralreservations. net; firstname.lastname@example.org
HANK’S MINI MARKET: 410 E. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp; 997-4332; until 10 p.m. every day; 24-hour fueling MAZAMA STORE: 50 Lost River Road, Mazama; 996-2855; 24-hour fueling PARDNERS MINI MARKET: 900 Highway 20, Winthrop; 996-2005; until midnight every day; 24-hour fueling T WISP CHEVRON: 126 N. Methow Valley Highway; 997-3181; until 10 p.m. weekdays and Sunday, 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 24-hour fueling
INFORMATION CENTER S Since 1992
T WISP: 997-2926; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center) WINTHROP: 996-2125 or (888) 463-8469; 202 Riverside Ave.
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C ASCADE KING’S: 1421 Methow Valley Hwy S. Twisp; 997-2513; www.kingstire.biz
NEED A TOW? CLASSIC TOWING, T WISP: 997-2333 WINTHROP MOTORS: 996-2277
NEED TO CHARGE YOUR ELEC TRIC V EHICLE? PINE NEAR RV PARK: 316 Castle Ave., Winthrop; (509) 341-4062, www. pinenearpark.com MAZAMA COUNTRY INN: 15 Country Road, Mazama; 996-2681; www. mazamacountryinn.com SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE, WINTHROP: 996-2211; www.sunmountainlodge.com 50 LOST RIVER ROAD • OPEN DAILY 7AM–6PM • 509.996.2855
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C AB AND SHUT TLE CLASSIC MOUNTAIN C ABBY: 996-2894; firstname.lastname@example.org
POLICE/EMERGENC Y EMERGENCY: 911 T WISP POLICE DEPARTMENT: 997-6112; 118 S. Glover St.; townoftwisp.com/index. php/departments/police-department/ WINTHROP MARSHAL’S OFFICE: 996-2160; 206 Riverside Ave.; www. winthropmarshals.com OKANOGAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: (509) 422-7232; www.okanogansheriff.org WASHINGTON STATE PATROL: (509) 422-3800 OKANOGAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 6: 997-2981 A ERO METHOW RESCUE SERVICE: 997-4013; www.aeromethow.org
AIRPORTS T WISP MUNICIPAL AIRPORT: 40 Wagner Road, Twisp; 997-2311. METHOW VALLEY STATE AIRPORT: TwispWinthrop Eastside Road; (360) 618-2477
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METHOW VALLEY VETERINARY HOSPITAL: 910 Highway 20, Winthrop: 996-3231 VALLEY VETERINARY CLINIC: 20335 Highway 20, Twisp; 997-8452 WINTHROP VETERINARY SERVICES: 19100 Highway 20; 996-2793
U.S. FOREST SERVICE: 996-4000; 24 West Chewuch Rd., Winthrop METHOW TRAILS: 996-2387; 309 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; www.methowtrails.com; email@example.com WINTHROP RINK: 996-4199, www. winthropicerink.com WAGNER MEMORIAL POOL, T WISP: 997-5441 PEARRYGIN L AKE STATE PARK, WINTHROP: 996-2370; www.parks.wa.gov/563/ Pearrygin-Lake C ASCADE LOOP SCENIC HIGHWAY: www. cascadeloop.com NORTH C ASCADES NATIONAL PARK: Newhalem visitor center, (206) 386-4495 ext.11; www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE: (360) 902-2200; www.wdfw. wa.gov
CITY OF PATEROS: (509) 923-2571; www. pateros.com TOWN OF T WISP: 997-4081; 118 S. Glover St.; www.townoftwisp.com TOWN OF WINTHROP: 996-2320, 206 Riverside Ave., www.townofwinthrop.com
WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: Dial 511 for pass and road information; www.wsdot.wa.gov
NEED TO CLE AN UP? L AUNDROMAT, SHOWERS AND FREE WI-FI AT WASHWORKS: 325 E. Highway 20, Twisp; 997-0336; www.hwy20washworks. com
CHAMBER S OF COMMERCE T WISP: 997-2020; www.twispinfo.com WINTHROP: 996-2125; www. winthropwashington.com OMAK: (509) 826-1880 or (800) 225-6625; www.omakchamber.com OKANOGAN: (509) 422-4034; www. okanogachamber.com BREWSTER: (509) 689-3464; www. brewsterchamber.org PATEROS: (509) 923-9636; www.pateros. com
BANK S NORTH C ASCADES BANK: 101 Methow Valley Highway N., Twisp; 997-2411; www. northcascadesbank.com FARMERS STATE BANK: 159 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; 996-2244; www. farmersstatebankwa.com
POST OFFICES C ARLTON: 997-6091; 2274 Highway 153 METHOW: (509) 923-2759; 34 Main St. T WISP: 997-3777; 205 Glover St. WINTHROP: 996-2282; 1110 Highway 20
LIBR ARIES T WISP: 997-4681; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center); wireless hot spot WINTHROP: 996-2685; 49 Highway 20; wireless hot spot
REC YCLING METHOW RECYCLES: 997-0520; 12 Twisp Airport Road; www.methowrecycles.org
HE ALTH C ARE THREE RIVERS HOSPITAL, BREWSTER: (509) 689-2086; www. threerivershospital.net MID-VALLEY HOSPITAL, OMAK: (509) 826-1760; www.mvhealth.org CONFLUENCE HEALTH METHOW VALLEY CLINIC, WINTHROP: 996-8180 FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS MEDICAL CLINIC, T WISP: 997-2011 BREWSTER CLINIC: (509) 826-1800 STEVEN C. HARROP DDS, WINTHROP: 996-2164 SAWTOOTH DENTAL C ARE, T WISP: 997-7533 FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS DENTAL CLINIC, T WISP: 997-0922 ULRICH’S PHARMACY, T WISP: 997-2191
INFORMATION & MEDIA METHOW VALLEY NEWS: 997-7011; 502 S. Glover St., Twisp; www. methowvalleynews.com; frontdesk@ methowvalleynews.com WWW. METHOWNET.COM WWW. METHOW.COM KTRT, 97.5 FM KCSY, 106.3FM KOZI, 93.5FM KTWP (PUBLIC RADIO), 91.1FM KOMW, 95.1 All 996 and 997 prefixes are in the 509 area code.
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R E STAUR A N TS BAKERY CINNAMON T WISP BAKERY. 116 N. Glover St., Twisp 997-5030. facebook.com/ CinnamonTwispBakery MAZAMA STORE. 50 Lost River Rd., Mazama. 996-2855. themazamastore.com OLIVER’S A RTISAN KITCHEN. 100 Bridge St., Winthrop. 996-2020. oliversartisankitchen. com ROCKING HORSE BAKERY. 265 Riverside Ave., Winthrop. 996-4241. rockinghorsebakery.com
BAR S/COCKTAIL S BJ’S BRANDING IRON. 123 N. Glover St, Twisp. 997-0040. facebook.com/ TwispBrandingIron BRIX WINE BAR. 229 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-3229.
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C ARLOS1800. 149 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-2245. facebook.com/ CARLOS1800 COPPER G LANCE. 134A Riverside Ave, Winthrop. copperglancewinthrop.com DUCK BRAND. 248 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-2408. facebook.com/DuckBrand FREESTONE INN. 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama. 996-3906. freestoneinn.com MICK & MIKI’S RED CEDAR BAR. 110 S Glover St, Twisp. 997-6425. facebook.com/ Mick-Mikis-Red-Cedar-Bar OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY. 155 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-3183. oldschoolhousebrewery.com
CON V ENIENCE STORE C ARLTON G ENERAL STORE . 2256 Hwy 153, Carlton. 997-9022. facebook.com/ Carlton-General-Store MAZAMA STORE. 50 Lost River Rd, Mazama. 996-2855. themazamastore.com PARDNER’S MINI MARKET. 900 Hwy 20, Winthrop. 996-2005.
SIXKNOT TAPHOUSE. 231 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-3862. sixknotcider.com
3 BEARS C AFÉ & QUILTS. 414 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-8013. 3bearscafe.com
SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE. 604 Patterson Lake Rd, Winthrop. 996-2211. sunmountainlodge.com
CINNAMON T WISP BAKERY. 116 N. Glover St, Twisp. 997-5030. facebook.com/ CinnamonTwispBakery
THREE FINGERED JACK’S. 176 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-2411. 3fingeredjacks.com
G LOVER STREET MARKET. 124 N. Glover St, Twisp. 997-1320. gloverstreetmarket.com
HANK’S HARVEST FOODS. 412 E. Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp. 997-7711. hanksharvestfoods.com
3 BEARS C AFÉ & QUILTS. 414 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-8013. 3bearscafe.com
KIND G RINDS. 94 Bridge Street, Winthrop. 996-4563. facebook.com/kindgrinds
BLUE STAR COFFEE ROASTERS. 3 Twisp Airport Rd, Twisp. 997-2583. bluestarcoffeeroasters.com Kind Grinds. 94 Bridge Street, Winthrop. 996-4563. facebook.com/kindgrinds
MAZAMA STORE. 50 Lost River Rd, Mazama. 996-2855. themazamastore.com OLIVER’S A RTISAN KITCHEN. 100 Bridge St, Winthrop. 996-2020. oliversartisankitchen. com
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FAMILY FRIENDLY DUCK BRAND. 248 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-2408. facebook.com/ DuckBrand EL SABOR NORTEÑO. 108 N. Glover St, Twisp. 997-0760. facebook.com/ elsabornorteno.twisp EL VALLE. 123 N. Glover St, Twisp. 997-7829. E AST 20 PIZZA . 720 Hwy 20, Winthrop. 996-3996. east20pizza.com FREESTONE INN. 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama. 996-3906. freestoneinn.com
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ROCKING HORSE BAKERY. 265 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-4241. rockinghorsebakery. com
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SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE. 604 Patterson Lake Rd, Winthrop. 996-2211. sunmountainlodge.com TAPPI. 201 S. Glover St, Twisp. 9973345. tappitwisp.com
THREE FINGERED JACK’S. 176 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-2411. 3fingeredjacks. com
FINE DINING A RROWLEAF BISTRO. 207 White Ave, Winthrop. 996-3919. arrowleafbistro.com HOMETOWN PIZZA .202 Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp. 997-2100. Hometownpizza.com L AFONDA LOPEZ. 125 Hwy 20, Twisp. New location in December: 102 Hwy 20, Twisp. 997-0247. lafondalopez.com
FREESTONE INN. 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama. 996-3906. freestoneinn.com SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE. 604 Patterson Lake Rd, Winthrop. 996-2211. sunmountainlodge.com TAPPI. 201 S. Glover St, Twisp. 997-3345. tappitwisp.com
INTERNET SERVICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY
LOCAL BLEND. 1017 E. Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp. 997-1048. facebook.com/ valleygrub1017 MAZAMA COUNTRY INN. 15 Country Rd, Mazama. 996-2681. mazamacountryinn. com OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY. 155 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-3183. oldschoolhousebrewery.com RIVERSIDE G RILL . 162 Riverside Ave,
SMALL PL ATES BRIX WINE BAR. 229 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-3229. COPPER G LANCE. 134A Riverside Ave, Winthrop. copperglancewinthrop.com SIXKNOT TAPHOUSE. 231 Riverside Ave, Winthrop. 996-3862. sixknotcider.com
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CA LE N DA R NOVEMBER 2 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get your
outdoor gear fixed at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. Free. 997-2010. 4–7pm
11 JAYME STONE’S FOLKLIFE:
Banjoist and composer Jayme Stone at Winthrop Barn. $5-$25. 997-4004. 7pm
16 FRUITCAKE: Harriet Baskas
presents “The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love and Memory,” a Humanities Washington Program, at Twisp library. Free, refreshments provided. 997-4681. 6pm
17–18 SPINNERS & WEAVERS
23 THANKSGIVING BUFFET: At Freestone Inn, Mazama. $15-$39, under 5 free. 996-3906. 1pm, 3pm and 5pm servings, reservations required 23 THANKSGIVING ON THE MOUN-
TAIN: Thanksgiving dinner replaces the regular menu at Sun Mountain Lodge. 996-2211. 2–8pm
outdoor gear fixed at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. Free. 997-2010. 4–7pm
8–9 DIAMONDS & PEARLS WINE
itz will give a concert at Sun Mountain Lodge; with Terry Hunt and Laura Love. $20. 996-2211. 7:30pm
2 ADULTS-ONLY BURLESQUE: Atomic Bombshells at Winthrop Barn. $35-$45. 997-4004. 7pm
Rouge” and “Upcycled” open with a reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp; shows continue through Jan. 6, 2018. Free. 997-2787. 4–8pm
7 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get your
24 CONCERT: Violinist Ariel Horow-
17–18 SOUTHEAST ASIAN TRUNK
18 EXHIBITS OPEN: “Vision En
7 GEAR UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Celebrate the holidays at TwispWorks with food, beverages, music, art, live performances, Santa’s workshop, horse-drawn carriage rides and lots of gifts. Free. 997-3300. 4–7pm
7 SIP AND SHOP: Music, drinks,
25 CONCERT: Violinist Ariel Horow-
18 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Be creative with Legos at Twisp Library, for kids 4 and older. Free. 997-4681. Noon
creative with Legos at Twisp Library, for kids 4 and older. Free. 997-4681. 3:45 pm
24–25 WINTHROP’S CHRISTMAS AT THE END OF THE ROAD: Kick off the holiday season in Winthrop with family activities and fireworks. Free. 996-2125. All day
SHOW: Methow Valley Spinners & Weavers Guild hosts its annual show and sale at 137 Old Twisp Highway. Free. 996-3655. 2–6:30pm Friday; 9am3pm Saturday SHOW: Textiles, sculpture, jewelry and unusual collectibles from Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. Free. 997-2787.
7 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Be
itz will give a concert at the Confluence Gallery in Twisp. 997-0222. 7pm.
2 THEATER: Seattle University and
The Merc Playhouse present “Mother Courage” at The Merc in Twisp. $16$18; free for 18 and under. 997-7529. 7pm
5 METHOW CONSERVANCY PARTY:
Year-end party and program, “Last Stand: the Vanishing Caribou Rainforest” with David Moskowitz, at Winthrop Barn. Free. 996-2780. Party at 6pm, program at 7pm
snacks and shopping at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. Free. 997-2787. 4–8pm
EVENT: Dinner and wines featuring Spring Valley Vineyards at Sun Mountain Lodge. 996-2211, www.sunmountainlodge.com/dining/diamonds-andpearls/. 6–8:30pm
8–17 HOLIDAY THEATER: “The
Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$18. 997-7529. 7pm Thursday through Saturday, 2pm, Sunday
9 CONCERT: Spokane-based rock
quintet Elephant Gun Riot at The Barnyard Cinema, Winthrop. $12-$15. 996-3222. 8pm
9 PROHIBITION PARTY: Celebrate
at Freestone Inn, Mazama. $49, adults only. 996-3906. 8pm-12:30am, reservations required
12–13 HOLIDAY CONCERT: Cascadia’s annual Holiday Concert at the Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. By donation. 997-0222. 7pm
14–17 METHOW VALLEY SKI CAMP: Adult Nordic ski camp at Sun Mountain Lodge. $420. methowvalleynordic.com/event/ methow-valley-ski-camp 14 STEM ACTIVITIES: Science,
technology, engineering and math activities at Twisp library, for kids 6–14: ziplines. Free. 997-4681. 3:45pm
16 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Have
breakfast with Santa at Freestone Inn, Mazama. $13-$18. 996-3906. 9am and 11am servings, reservations advised
16 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Be creative with Legos at Twisp Library, for kids 4 and older. Free. 997-4681. Noon 25 CHRISTMAS DINNER: Christmas dinner sponsored by the Methow Valley Snowmobile Association, open to the public at the Winthrop Barn. Free. Noon-3pm
27 SKI RODEO: 1K ,5K and 10K
skate-ski races for all ages, and a custom-designed ski obstacle course; location to be determined. Costs vary. http://methowvalleynordic.com/event/ rodeo-2017/.
28–29 KIDS’ HOLIDAY SKI CAMP: Methow Valley Nordic Team two-day holiday camp for skiers ages 6–13, at Mazama Community Club. $60 for members, $150 for non-members. 996-6000; http://methowvalleynordic.com/event/december-holidaycamp_2017. 30 TRY BIATHLON: Learn to combine Nordic skiing and marksmanship at this fundraiser for Methow Biathlon, at Mazama biathlon range. $25. http:// methowvalleynordic.com/event/trybiathlon/. 10:30am-2pm
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JANUARY 4 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get your
outdoor gear fixed at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. Free. 997-2010. 4–7pm 5 NATURAL HISTORY AND DRAWING: “Bringing the Outside In,” natural history and drawing class focused on winter birds, with Mary Kiesau and Perri Howard at TwispWorks. $65/class or $240 for four-class series. 996-2780. 12:30–5pm 6–7 NORDIC SKI CLINIC: A two-day clinic for Methow Valley Nordic Club members in both classic and skating, at Mazama Community Club. $170. http://methowvalleynordic.com/event/ mv-nordic-member-clinic/. 6 NATURE OF WINTER SNOWSHOE TOURS: Snowshoe nature tour from Sun Mountain Lodge; or from Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free; trail pass required. 996‑3287. 11am‑1pm 9 METHOW CONSERVANCY PROGRAM: “Washington Trust Water Rights” with Methow Watershed Council, at location to be announced. Free. 996-2780. 7pm 13 WILDLIFE CLASS: Class on skull identification with Marcus Reynerson, at location to be announced. $65. 996-2780. 9am-4pm 13 NATURE OF WINTER SNOWSHOE TOURS: Snowshoe nature tour from Sun Mountain Lodge; or from Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free; trail pass required. 996‑3287. 11am‑1pm 14 WILDLIFE TRACKING CLASS: Snowshoe wildlife tracking class with Marcus Reynerson, at location to be announced. $45. 996-2780. 8:30am12:30pm 18 EXHIBITS OPENING: “The Beholden Eye: Concepts of Beauty” and “Deadly Beauty” open with a reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp; shows continue through Feb. 24. Free. 997-2787. 4–8pm 19 NATURAL HISTORY AND DRAWING: “Bringing the Outside In,” natural history and drawing class focused on winter birds, with Mary Kiesau and Perri Howard at TwispWorks. $65/class or $240 for four-class series. 996-2780. 12:30-5pm 20–21 METHOW VALLEY PURSUIT: One or two-day point-to-point Nordic ski racing on Methow trails. $40-$85. 996-3287. 8am
20 NATURE OF WINTER SNOW-
SHOE TOURS: Snowshoe nature tour from Sun Mountain Lodge; or from Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free; trail pass required. 996‑3287. 11am-1pm
25–28 THEATER: Liberty Bell
High School Drama Club and The Merc Playhouse present “Rock ’n’ Roll” at The Merc in Twisp. $5-$10. 997-7529. 7pm
27 NATURE OF WINTER SNOWSHOE TOURS: Snowshoe nature tour from Sun Mountain Lodge; or from Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free; trail pass required. 996‑3287. 11am-1pm 27 JAZZ IN THE METHOW: Concert featuring Laura Love and Nancy Zahn, at Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. 997-0222. 7pm
FEBRUARY 1 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get your
outdoor gear fixed at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. Free. 997-2010. 4–7pm
2 NATURAL HISTORY AND DRAW-
ING: “Bringing the Outside In,” natural history and drawing class focused on winter birds, with Mary Kiesau and Perri Howard at TwispWorks. $65/class or $240 for four-class series. 996-2780. 12:30–5pm
3 SKI DERBY: 15K or 30K classic
Nordic races on the Sun Mountain trails, at Chickadee Trailhead. $50. methowvalleynordic.com/event/ winthrop-ski-derby/.
3 WILDLIFE TRACKING: Snowshoe
wildlife tracking class with David Moskowitz, at location to be announced. $45. 996-2780. 8:30am-12:30pm
3 NATURE OF WINTER SNOWSHOE
TOURS: Snowshoe nature tour from Sun Mountain Lodge; or from Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free; trail pass required. 996‑3287. 11am‑ 1pm
4 HANZ’S BIG ADVENTURE: “Guess
your time” event with obstacle course included, Open to all ages, at McCabe Trail, Liberty Bell High School. Free. 996-6000; http://methowvalleynordic.com/event/ hanzs-big-adventure-2018/. 1pm
5 METHOW CONSERVANCY PRO-
GRAM: “River of Hope: The Columbia River, from Source to Sea,” with Peter Marbach, at location to be announced. Free. 996-2780. 7pm
18 CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT: “Romantic Strings” presented at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $30-$120. www.methowmusicfestival. org; 997-5000. 7pm
10–11 RACE OF THE METHOW:
19–20 KIDS’ HOLIDAY SKI CAMP:
10 NATURE OF WINTER SNOWSHOE TOURS: Snowshoe nature tour from Sun Mountain Lodge; or from Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free; trail pass required. 996‑3287. 11am‑ 1pm
24 NATURE OF WINTER SNOWSHOE TOURS: Snowshoe nature tour from Sun Mountain Lodge; or from Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free; trail pass required. 996‑3287. 11am-1pm
Classic sprint and skate distance races for all ages; also serves as regional Junior National qualifier; at McCabe Trail, Liberty Bell High School. $10-$50. 996-6000; http://methowvalleynordic. com/event/race-of-the-methow-2018/
10 CONCERT: Native American dancer and hip-hop artist Supaman and dancing partner Acosia Red Elk at Winthrop Barn. $10-$35. 997-4004. 7pm 16 NATURAL HISTORY AND DRAW-
ING: “Bringing the Outside In,” natural history and drawing class focused on winter birds, with Mary Kiesau and Perri Howard at TwispWorks. $65/class or $240 for four-class series. 996-2780. 12:30–5pm
17–18 SNOWSHOE SOFTBALL:
Snowshoe softball tournament sponsored by Three Fingered Jack’s, at Winthrop ball field. 996‑2411. All day
17 TOUR OF THE METHOW: Choose
a distance, starting from Mazama Community Club. $10. www.methowvalleynordic.com/event/tour-of-themethow-2018/.
17 NATURE OF WINTER SNOWSHOE TOURS: Snowshoe nature tour from Sun Mountain Lodge; or from Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free; trail pass required. 996‑3287. 11am‑ 1pm
18 TRY BIATHLON: Learn to combine Nordic skiing and marksmanship at this fundraiser for Methow Biathlon, at Mazama biathlon range. $25. methowvalleynordic.com/event/ try-biathlon/. 18 DOGGY DASH: Costumed humans and their dogs in Nordic ski race at Winthrop Town Trailhead. By donation. 996-3287. 9am
Methow Valley Nordic Team holiday camp for skiers ages 6–13, at McCabe Trails, Liberty Bell High School. $60 for Nordic Team members, $150 for others. methowvalleynordic.com/ event/february-2018-holiday-camp/
MARCH 1 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get your outdoor gear fixed at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. Free. 997-2010. 4–7pm 2–4 WINTHROP HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: Balloons lift off from Winthrop Inn each morning. Free. 996-2125. 7am 3 EXHIBITS OPENING: “Connecting
Threads” and Methow Arts student works open with a reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp; shows continue through April 14. Free. 997-2787. 4–8pm
6 METHOW CONSERVANCY PRO-
GRAM: “Sasquatch: Man‑Ape or Myth” with David George Gordon, at location to be announced. Free. 996-2780. 7pm
10 CONCERT: Pianist Stephen Beus in concert; location and time to be determined. 997-0222. 16 SASQUATCH FOR REAL?:
Winthrop Library hosts discussion is exploring “Sasquatch: Man‑Ape or Myth?” Free. 996-2685. 7pm
17–18 QUILTING WORKSHOP:
Learn “doodle piecing” and complex curves at the Methow Valley Inn, Twisp, with Patricia Belyea. $325. 997-2787. 9am-5pm Saturday, 9am4pm Sunday All 996 and 997 prefixes are in the 509 area code. 33
ADVE RTI SE RS ACCOUNTING SERVICES
ENTERTAIN MENT, CONT.
M A SSAG E/SPA SERVICES
RECRE ATION, CONT.
J. Bart Bradshaw, CPA ............................ 28
Methow Valley Ciderhouse .................... 21 Old Schoolhouse Brewery...................... 26 Sixknot Taphouse........................................ 15
Nectar Skin Bar & Boutique ................. 30 Sun Mountain Lodge ................................. 26
Sun Mountain Ski........................................... 8 Winthrop Rink .................................................. 4
MOVIE THE ATER
RENTA L S & SA LES
Barnyard Cinema ............................................ 4
Chewack River Guest Ranch ................. 23 Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies .........17 Loup Loup Ski Bowl ................................... 15 Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop ...................... 2 Methow Cycle & Sport ............................. 11 Methow Valley Ski School ......................... 2 Outdoorsman..................................................17 Sun Mountain Lodge ................................. 26 Sun Mountain Ski........................................... 8 Winthrop Mountain Sports .................... 19 Winthrop Rink .................................................. 4
BA KERIES Cinnamon Twisp Bakery .......................... 11 Rocking Horse Bakery............................... 19 BUILDER S & CONTR AC TOR S Palm Construction ......................................... 9 BUILDING SUPPLY All Valley Insulation................................... 20 Cascade Pipe & Feed................................... 8 North Valley Lumber .................................... 5 C A FES/DINING/ESPRESSO/ SPIRIT S Blue Star Coffee Roasters ....................... 29 Cinnamon Twisp Bakery .......................... 11 Freestone Inn ................................................... 3 Freestone Inn, Jack’s Hut.........................27 Hometown Pizza ......................................... 28 LaFonda Lopez Restaurant .................... 21 Lariat Coffee Roasters ................................. 8 Mazama Country Inn ................................. 15 Mazama Store ............................................... 28 Methow Valley Ciderhouse .................... 21 Old Schoolhouse Brewery...................... 26 Rocking Horse Bakery............................... 19 Sixknot Taphouse........................................ 15 Sun Mountain Lodge ................................. 26 Wine Shed ...........................................................7 C A R WA SH/AUTOMOTIV E King’s Pacific Pride & Car Wash ...........17 ENTERTAIN MENT Cascadia ........................................................... 25 Merc Playhouse ............................................... 9
E V ENT FACILITIES Pipestone Canyon Ranch ........................ 20 Winthrop Barn Auditorium........................ 9 FACE PAINTING/BA LLOON A RT Abracadoodles .............................................. 30 G A LLERIES/A RT S E V ENT S Confluence Gallery & Art Center ........ 24 Paula Christen’s Watercolors ................ 23 HOME HE ATING Cascade Pipe & Feed................................... 8 North Valley Lumber .................................... 5 INTERNE T SERVICE Methownet.com ........................................... 31 LODGING Central Reservations ................................. 36 Chewack River Guest Ranch ................. 23 Freestone Inn ................................................... 3 Mazama Country Inn ................................. 15 Mazama Ranch House ...............................17 Methow River Lodge & Cabins............ 29 River Run Inn ................................................ 31 Sun Mountain Lodge ................................. 26 Twisp River Suites ......................................... 2 Virginian Resort ........................................... 32 Winthrop Mountain View Chalets ...... 13
ORG A NIZ ATIONS City of Pateros............................................... 21 Methow Conservancy ................................... 9 Methow Trails ................................................ 22 Methow Valley Snowmobile Assoc .... 21 TwispWorks .........................................................7 Winthrop Barn Auditorium........................ 9 Winthrop Chamber of Commerce ...... 35 PHOTOG R A PH Y Donni Reddington Photography ......... 14 PROPERT Y M AINTEN A NCE/ SECURIT Y Methow Housewatch ................................ 24 R A DIO KTRT – 97.5 FM .............................................27 RE A L ESTATE
RE TAIL Aspen Grove ................................................... 32 Confluence Gallery & Art Center ........ 24 Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies .........17 Mazama Store ............................................... 28 Methow Cycle & Sport ............................. 11 Nectar Skin Bar & Boutique ................. 30 Outdoorsman..................................................17 Robins Egg Bleu........................................... 31 Sun Mountain Lodge ................................. 26 Wine Shed ...........................................................7 Winthrop Mountain Sports .................... 19 SNOW REMOVA L Palm Construction ......................................... 9
Blue Sky Real Estate.................................. 13 Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty......... 2 RECRE ATION Chewack River Guest Ranch ................. 23 Loup Loup Ski Bowl ................................... 15 Methow Trails ................................................ 22 Methow Valley Ski School ......................... 2 Methow Valley Snowmobile Assoc .... 21 Morning Glory Balloon Tours ................ 28 North Cascades Mountain Guides ..... 25 Sun Mountain Lodge ................................. 26
PHOTO BY DONNI REDDINGTON
NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST CROSS-COUNTRY SKI AREA
W I N T H R O P WAS H I N GTO N .CO M WINTHROP
Published on Nov 1, 2017
Published on Nov 1, 2017
Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor entertainment, the Methow Valley Winter Guide will help you have the time of your life this winter. Pri...