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inter in the Methow Valley is, more or less, about the same duration every year. But we keep adding more attractions to help you fill that special time in this enchanting place. In response, we have made Methow Valley Winter 2019-20 bigger than any of the previous annual magazines to accommodate more information, more photography and more services to our readers. New this year is a directory of local lodging options. We’ve also included an updated version of the dining directory that debuted last year. For many, Nordic skiing is the big allure. With more than 200 kilometers of groomed trails, the Methow challenges you to explore the valley’s farthest reaches on skis. But skiing is not the only way to take advantage of the snow and cold. The Methow has become a Mecca for fat biking enthusiasts. It was already a favorite

of snowmobilers. It’s becoming increasingly appealing to snowshoers. With the expanded facilities at the Winthrop Rink, ice skaters and hockey players are taking full advantage of a much longer season on the ice. And just a few miles away, Loup Loup Ski Bowl offers challenging alpine skiing in an extraordinary setting — plus snowboarding, tubing, Nordic skiing and the new favorite, luge sledding. And let’s not forget the somewhat more sedate (but rewarding) outdoor experiences such as ice fishing and stargazing. You can come fully equipped for all those activities, or find what you need to buy or rent at our helpful local retailers. When it’s time to find indoor comforts, the Methow Valley hospitality industry will be ready with a range of lodging, dining, imbibing and entertainment options. Please take note of our advertisers — all are ready to take care of your needs. However long you stay, we’ll make winter welcoming.

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CUT LOOSE ON THE LOUP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Find family-friendly Alpine skiing, and so much more

STAR POWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Methow’s brilliant winter nights are ideal for gazing

BACKCOUNTRY BOUNT Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Snowmobiling takes you the valley’s most far-out places

RIDING OUT WINTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The Methow’s network of fat bike trails is still growing

NORDIC NIRVANA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The Methow Valley offers the best trail system in North America

ONE STEP AT A TIME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 C ATCH A TASTE OF THE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Ice fishing is relaxing and rewarding

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Methow on ice Winthrop Rink offers an extraordinary outdoor experience for all ages

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rom toddlers wobbling along for their first ice skating experience, to casual recreational skaters, to youth hockey competition, to college teams banging the boards at top speed, the world-class Winthrop Rink accommodates a wide range activities for all levels of skaters. The rink features an NHL regulation-size hockey surface, permanent ice-making system, a 6,000-square building with changing rooms, rentals, concessions, and an upstairs warming and

viewing room. The open-air facility provides a great skating experience and Methow Valley views simultaneously. For 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. Now the outdoor rink is open from early November through March. The rink’s busy schedule includes a full slate of skating sessions and lessons for casual skaters, or for students who are just learning or improving; a youth hockey program; drop-in sessions for hockey “rink rats;” and adult and youth hockey tournaments. 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.

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WINTHROP RINK: the basics FIND IT

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.

CHECK IT OUT

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 the first week of November and operates through March. Operating hours vary. Visit www. winthropicerink.org, email sbondi@

winthroprink.org or call (509) 996-4199 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; pickup hockey sessions (gear and helmet required) for men and women “rink rats;” youth hockey for boys and girls; lessons for beginners and advanced skaters; “cheap skate” nights with reduced rates; and Friday night themed skating sessions.

L ACE UP

Skating equipment, and some hockey gear, are available for rental. There is no charge for helmets or hockey sticks.

DID YOU KNOW?

• The rink will be hosting a full schedule of youth and adult hockey tournaments this season, including a new 12-team adult hockey tournament in mid-November. • There will be a new U14 Winthrop Wolverines youth hockey team (in

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addition to U6, U8, U10, U12 and U16 girls). • There will be two “Learn to Skate” programs this winter. • The Apple Puck college hockey tournament is an annual one-day event on Feb. 22, 2020. Gonzaga University will join the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University. • During the summer, the rink is open for roller skating and pickleball.

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• Nov. 15-17: Great Puckaroo Roundup, part 1, 12-team hockey tournament for adults. • Nov. 22-24: Seattle FOG Invitational four-team hockey tournament for adults 50 and older. • Nov. 28: Thanksgiving ice skating: Public ice skating session for all ages. • Nov. 28-Dec 1: Six-team tournament for U16 kids organized by Seattle Junior Hockey Association. • Dec. 6-8: Great Puckaroo Roundup, part 2, 12-team hockey tournament for adults from the Seattle area and throughout Washington. • Dec. 13-15: Great Outdoors Classic, 12-team hockey tournament for ages

13-14 with teams from the all over the Pacific Northwest. • Dec. 25: Christmas ice skating. • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve costume party and public skating session. • Jan. 4-5: TechRec Winter Classic, four-team men’s hockey tournament with teams made up of players from the Seattle TechRec hockey league. • Jan. 10-12: Great Outdoors Classic, 12-team hockey tournament for ages 9-10 with teams from the all over the Pacific Northwest. • Jan. 24-26: Great Puckaroo Roundup, part 3, 12-team hockey tournament for adults from the Seattle area and throughout Washington. • Jan. 31-Feb. 2: Women’s Hockey Tournament, four-team women’s hockey tournament organized by the Winthrop Women’s Hockey Club. • Feb. 7-9: Great Outdoors Classic, 12team hockey tournament for ages 11-12 with teams from the all over the Pacific Northwest. • Feb. 22: Apple Puck college hockey tournament featuring club teams from the University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University and Gonzaga University.

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Cut loose on the Loup Find familyfriendly Alpine skiing, and so much more

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ucked in the mountains high above the valley floor, the Loup Loup Ski Bowl is a hidden gem. But we don’t want to hide all the good things our local ski hill has to offer: alpine and Nordic skiing; snowboarding, tubing, and luge sledding; ski and board school with PSIAcertified instructors; cozy day lodge; gear rentals. Oh, and sunny skies and dry snow in a family-friendly setting. Just don’t expect lift lines.

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LOUP LOUP SKI BOWL: the basics FIND IT

Pay your last respects to the vintage lodge this winter and get ready to eat, drink and lounge in a new space start• Downhill skiing ing in the 2020-21 CHECK IT OUT • Snowboarding season. • Alpine and snowboarding: 1,240 • Inner tubing • The Little Buck Café will offer vertical feet; 10 cut runs; highest • Nordic skiing elevation, 5,260 feet. Quad chair • Luge sledding an all-new menu, including Blue Star lift, platter surface tow, rope tow. coffee and Okanogan Farm Stand pastries. The café serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and • Nordic: 2 kilometers of groomed trails; Multi-use non-alcoholic beverages—no beer or wine this year. trail connects to 46 kilometers of groomed trails at • More new rental gear is on the way. With a few exSouth Summit. ceptions among the smaller kids’ sizes, the entire • Terrain park and tubing hill. fleet has been replaced over the last two years. • Luge sledding hill with two new runs this year. Reservations strongly recommended! • Ski and snowboard lessons every operating day; SPECIAL E V ENTS Nordic lessons by advance request. • Wolf Chase Race for youth and teens, U8-U14. • Ski and board shop offering equipment rentals, • Community Challenge Relay—downhill, Nordic tune ups and repairs, accessories and gifts. and tubing. • Day lodge with food and beverage service. • Randonee Race—skin up, ski down. • First aid room and ski patrol. • Retro Fools Day Costume Contest returns for a • Season passes available online. second year. • SlopeStyle Competition will be back. WHAT’S NE W • See the schedule below for dates; check the calendar • The Loup is preparing for the next 50 years with a at the back of this guide or visit www.skitheloup. new day lodge planned for construction in 2020. com for more details. Between Twisp and Okanogan on Highway 20. From the Methow Valley, turn left just past the Loup summit sign.

AT A GLANCE:

WHEN TO GO

Loup Loup Ski Bowl is located on Highway 20, southeast of Twisp and Winthrop.

• Opening is scheduled for Dec. 22, closing for March 29. Both dates depend on snow conditions. • The Loup operates on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the first week in March; Friday-Sunday until March 22; Saturday and Sunday only the last weekend in March. Open every day except Christmas during Christmas week; on Martin Luther King Day; and daily during Presidents’ Week. • Ticket Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. • Half-day rates start at noon. • Last chair: 3:45 p.m.

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• General information: (509) 557-3401. • Conditions line: (509) 557-3405. • Visit www.skitheloup.com for all of the above information and more.

DID YOU KNOW?

• Fifth-graders from around the region ski free during the 2019-20 season. • The Dorcas Rhinehart Scholarship offers six weeks of free lessons, gear rental and lift tickets to youth and teen beginners. Call the Loup to apply. • The Loup Loup Boomers Ski Club meets on Wednesdays for camaraderie and fun. Visit skitheloup.com/ski-clubs/loup-loup-boomers-ski-club for more information. • Skiers 65 and older enjoy Senior and Super-Senior rates

THE SCHEDULE

Dec. 22: Opening day (depending on conditions) Dec. 24: Early closure, operating 9 a.m.–noon Dec. 25: Closed Jan. 20: Closed, Martin Luther King Day Jan. 25: Randonee Race Feb. 8-9: Wolf Chase Race Feb. 29: SlopeStyle competition March 8: Community Challenge relay March 15: Retro Fools Day costume contest March 29: Closing day

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Star power The Methow’s brilliant winter nights are ideal for gazing

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he winter night sky is filled with the brightest stars that we can see all year long. I know it is cold out there, but cold air is actually much clearer than warm air, so the stars will shine like you have never seen them before. Maybe you just want to take a quick look and then run back to that crackling fire place inside. OK, look low in the west just after sunset and before it gets completely dark. Do you see that bright object up there? That is the planet Venus and it is the most brilliant object in the night sky besides the moon. As winter progresses, Venus will get higher and higher in the western sky. By February or March, Venus will be very easy to spot so do not give up if you miss her in November or December. Everybody can find the moon,

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so look for it when it passes Venus towards the end of each month. Watch a thin sliver of a crescent moon glide by Venus, over the course of a couple of nights, low in the west after sunset. You will have to be in a place where you can see low into the sunset without trees or your house in the way.

The old saying goes that on a clear day you can see forever, but that is nothing compared to how far you can see on a clear night.

START WITH ORION

If you want to brave the cold for a little longer, there is plenty to see up

there. You might want to get away from lights, especially those distracting Christmas lights, to get an unimpeded view of the cosmos above. Orion is a great starting place and one of the easiest constellations to find. Look for three bright stars all in a row. That is his belt, and there is nothing else up there quite like it. Then look for four stars in a big rectangle around the belt. The star at the upper left corner of Orion is Betelgeuse, a truly super-sized star. Can you see its reddish color? Millions of our suns would fit inside. Astronomers tell us to watch for it to explode any day now. Their interpretation of “any day” is 20,000 or 30,000 years from now. Do you feel like you are not getting

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enough sun during these cloudy winter days? Maybe you should consider moving to Rigel, the bright star on the lower right corner of Orion. That star is so bright a sun bather would get decades worth of tanning in just a few minutes. Be sure to bring your sunscreen. Line up the three stars in the belt and point down and to the left to the brightest star in the sky. Is it bright because it is a really bright star or because it is close to us? We can’t really tell looking up at what appears to be a twodimensional dome above us. Turns out it is close, closer than any other star we can easily see up in the sky. Its name is Sirius and if you can book a nonstop flight there, you will have plenty of time to catch up on all that reading you have been meaning to do. The journey will take you about 10 million years.

PLE A SING PLEIADES

Be sure to check out the Pleiades — everybody’s favorite little star cluster. Look above and to the right of Orion for a tight grouping of dimmer stars about the size of the full moon. On a clear moonless night they look

like sparkling diamonds sprinkled on black velvet. Most people can see five or six of them, but actually there are about 3,000 bunched together. A pair of binoculars will show you dozens. If you really want to go deep into the vast universe beyond us, see if you can spot our home in the big, big view above, the Milky Way galaxy. It appears to us as a glowing band of light stretching from north to south across the sky. It is so far away that the light from it has taken thousands of years to get here. What you are looking at is the combined brilliance of billions and billions of suns. The old saying goes that on a clear day you can see forever, but that is nothing compared to how far you can see on a clear night. Up in the north, find a “W” about the size of your outstretched hand. That is Cassiopeia, the Queen. Go south from that W again about the length of your hand to an oblong fuzzy spot. A pair of binoculars will help you to pick it out. If you can find it, congratulations, you have achieved the naked eye challenge. That little spot is the most-distant thing the human eye can pick out. The light you


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WHERE TO GO Sno-Parks and groomed trails: • 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 SnoPark; groomed by local club) • Grooming info: mountaintrailsgrooming.blogspot.com

SNO-PARK PERMITS

Available online through Washington State Parks at parks. state.wa.us (under Passes & Permits, and then Permits). Call Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program at (360) 902-8684 for more information. Also available through these local vendors: • Pardners Mini Market, Winthrop • Winthrop Mountain Sports, Winthrop • Hank’s Harvest Foods, Twisp • Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Mazama • Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Backcountry bounty Snowmobiling takes you the valley’s most far-out places

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nowmobiling in the Methow Valley is a winter adventure like no other — and it’s particularly appealing as a group activity. 14

Snowmobilers can access 177 miles of groomed snowmobile trails from five Sno-Parks in the Methow Valley –and also connect with routes to Conconully or Chelan. Skiers and snowshoers are finding that snowmobiling gets them there quickly and safely. 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. There’s enough information available

that you can easily 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. They are a friendly and experienced group. 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 less-experienced riders to team up with others. Riders typically set out in small groups from the Sno-Park. Visit mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com for

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information. 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, 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. While Highway 20 west of the Methow Valley is closed to motorists during the winter, it is open to snowmobilers as far as Cutthroat Lake Road. All snowmobiles must be registered through the Washington State Department of Licensing or a licensing agent, even if a person rides only on his or her own property.

WHAT TO BRING

• 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

BE SAFE

Safety guidelines for avalanche 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. • Take an avalanche course. • Look for signs of recent avalanche activity, which indicates snow is unstable. • Snowmobile Safety Certification Course (for ages 12 to 16): call (360) 902-8684

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Riding out winter The Methow’s network of fat bike trails is still growing By Ann McCreary

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he Methow Valley’s expanding network of groomed fat biking trails has made the valley a favorite destination for fans of one of the fastest growing winter sports in the country. “When it comes to fat biking, the Methow has it all: ideal two-wheel terrain, state-of-the-art trail maintenance and grooming expertise, sunny winter weather, reliable snow and a robust infrastructure for visitors,” said Joe Brown in an article in AdventuresNW published in February 2019. Brown, co-owner of Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop, has been a local leader of the fat biking movement since it began to take hold nationally several years ago. He was a founder of Methow Fatbike, an organization of local fat bike aficionados that has been instrumental in creating fat biking trails and opportunities in the valley. “While fat biking quickly took hold in Alaska and the Midwest, the Methow Valley was one of the first areas in the western United States to recognize the potential of the f ledgling sport,” Brown said. Renowned for its Nordic ski trail system, the Methow Valley is drawing attention for its network of approximately 50 miles of groomed fat bike trails. The valley offers a “killer backcountry experience” for fat bikers, including the opportunity to pedal up into the Rendezvous area near Winthrop for an overnight stay in a remote and scenic hut, according to Outside Online magazine. And the Methow Valley was recently listed in the REI Co-op online journal as one of six places

in the nation to try fat biking this winter. The article noted that Bear Creek Golf Course opened trails last winter for fat biking, as well as snowshoeing and skiing. “One of a handful of golf clubs around the northern United States … embracing the sport, the 18-hole course earned a place on this list because its 5 miles of beginnerfriendly trails are easy to thread together with the groomed routes at adjacent Pearrygin Lake State Park and the Lloyd Ranch winter trails, for an epic day in the saddle,” the REI article said. The fat bike trail networks at

Pearrygin and Lloyd Ranch include single track and multi-use trails developed and groomed by volunteers from Methow Fatbike. The trails offer varied terrain from easy to advanced, including challenging climbs with eye-popping views of the North Cascades and Pasayten Wilderness. “The trails are 24 inches wide and require a careful and consistent grooming procedure to ensure that the surface is firm and cambered correctly. The result is that they resemble summer single-track trails,” Brown said in AdventuresNW. After a day in the saddle, riders can warm up at the Bear Creek Golf Course

club house with hot drinks and an outdoor fire pit. In the heart of Winthrop, the Town Trailhead operated by Methow Trails is a hub that provides access to multi-use trails including fat bike, snowshoe and cross country ski trails, which means that family members or friends can participate in different activities in the same vicinity. The Methow Valley has several outlets where fat bikes can be rented or purchased, and where knowledgeable folks can guide fat bikers to the best places to ride out winter in the Methow.

TRAILS IN AND AROUND THE METHOW 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 varied terrain, with a gentle trail from the Winthrop Rink or Winthrop Fish Hatchery to more rolling and intermediate riding around Bitterbrush and Barnsley loops • John’s Way — 3.2 flat miles in Mazama Operated in partnership by Methow

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Fatbike volunteers, Pearrygin Lake State Park and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: • Lloyd Ranch — 7.5 miles of groomed fat bike trails over rolling hills with great mountain views • Pearrygin State Park — 15 miles of groomed multi-use (ski, snowshoe, fat bike), over rolling hills • Operated by Bear Creek Golf Course near Winthrop: • 5 miles of groomed fat bike, snowshoe and ski trails and gear rentals The scoop on passes … • Lloyd Ranch — Discover Pass

required for parking, no trail pass required • Pearrygin Lake State Park/Lloyd Ranch — Annual Sno-Park permit, or annual Discover Pass plus daily Sno-Park permit for parking, no trail pass required • Methow Trails — $10 daily/$50 annual trail pass, free parking; www. methowtrails.org • Bear Creek Golf Course — $10/ daily Note: Groomed snowmobile routes in the national forests (including the Methow Ranger District) are not open to fat bikes.

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WHERE TO RENT BIKES • Methow Cycle & Sport, 29 State Route 20 in Winthrop, (509) 996-3645 • Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, 50 Lost River Road, Mazama, (509) 996-2515 • North Cascades Cycle Werks, 2 Country Road, Mazama, nccyclewerks@ gmail.com or (509) 996-2225 • Cascades Outdoor Store, 222 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, (509) 996-3480 • Bear Creek Golf Course, 19 Bear Creek Golf Course Road, Winthrop, (509) 996-2284 Note: Reservations for bikes are recommended, especially on weekends and holidays

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Conditions of use • Riders need to confirm trails are open for riding daily on the Methow Trails grooming report (www.methowtrails.org/ winter-trails/grooming/). • Riders must display a trail pass when riding on groomed trails where passes are required. • Purpose-built fat bikes only. All

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• Methow Trails: www.methowtrails.org • Methow Cycle & Sport: www.methowcyclesport.com • Methow Fatbike: www.facebook.com/methowfatbike • Northwest Fatbike: www.facebook.com/northwestfatbike • Town of Winthrop: www.winthropwashington.com

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FAT BIKE FUN IN THE VALLEY “FAT & FIRE” WEDNESDAYS

Fat & Fire is a 60-90 minute group ride and campfire every Wednesday night in winter, beginning mid-December (conditions permitting) and continuing through the end of February. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Pearrygin Lake State Park West Campground Trailhead with your fat bike and a good light. All levels of riders are welcome! Participants must provide their own gear. Rentals are available at local outdoor shops. Bring something to throw on the grill and warm yourself around the campfire. Fat & Fire is free, but a SnoPark or Discover parking pass is required.

FIR ST DAY FAT BIKE/ SNOWSHOE, JAN. 1

Begin the new year with a night fat bike ride or snowshoe. Join park rangers at Pearrygin Lake State Park on the winter trails, gazing at the night sky, observing wildlife tracks and sharing food and stories around a campfire. All ages and abilities welcome. Food and beverages will be provided. Participants must provide their own gear. Rentals are available at local outdoor shops. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Pearrygin Lake State Park West Campground Trailhead. Hosted

by Pearrygin Lake State Park as part of the statewide First Day event. Free.

FAT BIKE DEMO, JAN. 4

As part of the Mountaineers Winter Trails weekend, check out a fat bike for a 20-30 minute demo ride on the winter trails at Bear Creek Golf Course. The event runs from 9 a.m.-noon. A warming campfire will be available for pre-and post-ride socializing. Hot beverages and snacks will be available for purchase in the Bear Creek Golf Course club house. No cost for demo and parking.

SE V ENTH ANNUAL METHOW FATBIKE MEETUP, JAN. 17–20

Fat bikers from all over gather in Winthrop for group rides, night rides, fireworks, campfires, fun and friends. All ages and abilities welcome. Rentals are available at local outdoor shops. Information and the schedule available on the Methow Fatbike Facebook page and the Methow Cycle & Sport website (methowcyclesport.com) under events. The meetup is hosted by Methow Fatbike and sponsored by Methow Cycle & Sport and Salsa Cycles. The event is free. Trail and parking passes required.

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Watch Winthrop’s very own brother and sister duo Erik and Sadie Bjornsen compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea February 9-25. This is the second Olympics for Erik and Sadie as members of the US Cross-Country Ski Team! Our community could not be prouder of our current, former, and future hometown Olympic Team Members!

Experience the thrill of riding a bike on the snow! Shared ski trails and specific fat bike trails exist throughout the area for fat biking, and there are fat bike rentals at several valley locations.

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cozy huts and a charming town at either end of the blanket, and you’ve got the Methow Valley trails system spread out before you, just waiting for you to clip on your skis and insert yourself into the picture. Widely celebrated as the largest Nordic ski trails system in North America, this 200-kilometer network of skate platforms and classic tracks is one of the Methow

Valley’s biggest lures. Managed and maintained by Methow Trails — www.methowtrails.org) — the trails system is the result of the vision of a group of skiing friends in the 1970s, whose foresight and tireless efforts to secure right-of-ways on public and private lands gives residents and visitors alike thousands of personhours of enjoyment and exercise each year.

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NORDIC SKIING: the basics KE Y PL AYER S

LOUP LOUP SKI BOWL, a community nonprofit ski hill, offers nearly 50 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails near Loup Loup Pass. www.skitheloup. com/nordic-skiing, (509) 557-3401 METHOW TRAILS, a 43-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

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There are five major trailheads for access to Nordic skiing in the Methow Valley; three of the main areas are linked. The Methow Trails system comprises three main areas, all connected by the 30-kilometer 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). METHOW 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. The self-service waxing hut at the Winthrop Trailhead is newly insulated and heated for the coming season. SUN MOUNTAIN. The Sun Mountain trails offer varied terrain, with everything from sustained hill climbs to some relatively flat loops. A newlyroofed warming hut at the Chickadee Trailhead makes starting in this area quite comfortable and an illustrated “StorySki” makes it an appealing place to take the kids. RENDEZVOUS. If you like hills, you’ll want to hit the Rendezvous, accessible from Cub Creek, Mazama and the Gunn Ranch Road. This area has a backcountry feel, even when you’re no more than a few kilometers from a trailhead.

THE LOUP. The Loup Loup Pass area offers a small but worthwhile Nordic option: South Summit. Located 12 miles east of Twisp, South Summit features 50K of trails with some dog-friendly options. Trail passes are not required but a Sno-Park permit, available at the Loup Loup ticket office, is. The Bear Mountain Nordic Trails at the Loup are operating when the luge is not, on Wednesdays and Fridays except during holiday weeks.

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• 200-plus kilometers of groomed Nordic ski trails in the Methow Trails system. Methow Trails grooms more than 25,000 kilometers annually. Many well-traveled skiers agree that the grooming on the Methow Trails has no equal. • 50 kilometers of trails groomed weekly in the Loup Loup area. • Daily grooming report and grooming app at www.methowtrails.org. • 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, including a new hut this season. • 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. Find information at www.methownet. com/skischool; cascadesoutdoorstore. com/ski-rentals-sales-services; www. winthropmountainsports.com/rentals; www.methowcyclesport.com/rentals. • Almost 30 kilometers of dog-friendly trails. Those passionate about canines and skinny skis will love the opportunity to bring their dogs out on the trails where they’re allowed. • Adaptive Nordic skiing options 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. Courtesy of the Methow Valley Fund, Methow Trails has three adult sit skis and one child sit ski available for loan in Winthrop

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The Doggie Dash, sponsored by Methow Trails, is just one of the many ways to enjoy Nordic Skiing in the Methow Valley. Photo by Steve Mitchell

and Mazama. With advance notice, they can frequently provide trained volunteer support as well. • Fat bike trails (see fat bike article on page 17). • Snowshoe trails (see snowshoe information on page 28). • Free trails. Methow Trails offers two locations where trail passes are not

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required: Big Valley and the loop right at the Winthrop Trailhead. Please bear in mind that trail pass sales, however, pay for trail grooming. Those Pisten Bullys aren’t cheap and the trails don’t groom themselves. If you’d like to see the highest-quality grooming on all of the Methow Trails, purchase a day,

multi-day, 10-day punch card, or season trail pass.

SPECIAL E V ENTS

Methow Trails hosts numerous events this year, ranging from races as competitive as the Ski to the Sun Marathon & Relay to those as wild and wacky as the Doggie Dash, where

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costumed humans and canines battle it out in the six-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 an annual women’s ski clinic. More information is available at www.cascadeendurance. com/camps-retreats/.

WHEN TO GO

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

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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 an occasional night ski as long as you stay out of the way of the groomers and stay off freshly groomed trails.

INSIDER INFO

• Canadian visitors to the Methow Trails system ski at par (Canadian dollars are on par with U.S. dollars). • New by popular request: 10-day punch cards, which offer more flexibility than a 3-day pass (which must be used on consecutive days) and more affordability than a full annual pass. Punch cards must be redeemed from any ticket vendor and are valid for two years. • On Saturdays from Dec. 28 through Feb. 22, a free ski shuttle transports skiers to the Brown’s Farm and Mazama trailheads from Winthrop, allowing skiers to ski point-to-point along the Community Trail. • The Rendezvous Huts (www. rendezvous huts.com) offers a European-style 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. Make your reservations early. • “StorySki” panels illustrated by author/artist Erik Brooks blend literacy with activity and usher young skiers down the trail. Located at Chickadee, Winthrop Town and Mazama trailheads. • Those tuned in to trail quality probably won’t notice the extensive trimming work that took place on Mazama trails over the summer, but they will notice a marked decrease in the number of areas that were previously shrouded by overhead branches, causing the trails beneath to become icy or bare. And in the drier seasons, these trimmed areas are Firewise compliant. • Methow Trails recently purchased an 18-acre piece of property near Horizon Flats in Winthrop, which will eventually become the headquarters for all of the organization’s operations. Currently, Methow Trails operates out of a small office space in downtown Winthrop and several maintenance and storage facilities throughout the valley, all of which are leased. Methow Trails will continue to operate out of its current office until a new facility can be built at the Horizon Flats property.

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Offering business, farm, auto, home, secondary home, nightly rental insurance, and more. info@vipagencyinc.com • www.vipagencyinc.com In Twisp: 102 S. Glover St. • 997-5291 In Winthrop: 76 Highway 20 • 996-4515

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One step S at a time

nowshoeing is one of the most accessible and affordable options to enjoy a perfect winter day in the Methow Valley. Traversing a snowy terrain on snowshoes is physically invigorating and adaptable to all levels of physical abilities. If you haven’t discovered snowshoeing, consider these reasons for strapping in and heading out: • Fun factor: Snowshoeing opens up a winter world that offers quiet solitude or a social outing. • Easy to learn: If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Your technique will improve with experience, so strap on the shoes and start exploring. • Family-friendly: This easy-tolearn sport can be as relaxed or strenuous as you want to make

it, snowshoeing is a great activity for families. • Affordable: The only required gear is snowshoes, walking poles, and warm clothes. To explore the miles of snowshoe trails maintained by Methow Trails, a trail pass costs $5/day. • Healthy exercise: Snowshoeing poses little risk of injury and provides a low-impact, aerobic exercise that helps you stay in shape during the winter. • Versatile destinations: Snowshoeing allows you to travel in terrain and in conditions that don’t work for skiing or walking. You can go hard or easy, flat or steep. The Methow Valley makes it easy to get started. Check out the information on these pages to make snowshoeing your next adventure.

WHERE TO GO SUN MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM • Kraule (1.6K) • Horse Trail (.7K) • View Ridge (1.6K) • Moose (.3K) • Black Bear (2.4K) • Lakeview (.8K) • Patterson Lake (3K) • Rader Creek (2.5K) • Magpie (1.5K) • Click-a-Pic (.8K) • Ponderosa (2.2K) • Red Tail (2.2K)

MAZAMA TRAIL SYSTEM Photo by Steve Mitchell

• Beaver Loop (1.1K) • Creek Overlook Loop (.9K)

• Aspen Loop (2.5K) • Base Camp Loop (1K) • Round Tree (1K) • Inn View Loop (.8K)

METHOW VALLEY TRAIL SYSTEM

• Lunachik (1.6K multi-use: snowshoe, ski, walk, dogs) • Big Valley Trail (8.3K multi-use: snowshoe, ski, walk, dogs)

RENDEZVOUS TRAIL SYSTEM

• Cougar Bait (3.6K multi-use: snowshoe, ski, walk, dogs)

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Twisp Office: 509/997-6562 • Mazama Office: 509/996-6562


SNOWSHOEING: the basics RENTAL S, GE AR, AND MORE

• Cascades Outdoor Store, Winthrop • Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Mazama • Methow Valley Ski School & Rentals, Mazama • Methow Cycle & Sport, Winthrop • Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop • Winthrop Mountain Sports, Winthrop • The Outdoorsman, Winthrop • Bear Creek Golf Course, Winthrop

WHERE TO GO

Methow Trails maps are free and found at all the rental shops. More than 40 miles of groomed snowshoe trails are included in the Methow Trails system — these are well-marked and traverse across varied terrain, including

thick forests, open meadows, along riverbanks, and along ridges with wide vistas. To use the groomed trail system, a day pass is required. A Discover Pass is all that is needed to use the groomed trails at Pearrygin Lake and the neighboring Lloyd Ranch (see maps on pages 18 – 19). Discover Passes can be purchased online at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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local & regional authors • children’s & teen reads games • puzzles • hot & iced espresso drinks arts & crafts • custom orders • occasion cards

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Catch a taste of the valley Ice fishing is relaxing and rewarding

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resh fish in the winter? Well, you’re in the right place. Ice fishing opportunities can be found in the Methow Valley, or nearby.

With the right equipment, you can pierce the layer of ice in less than a minute, gaining access to a world of yellow perch, rainbow trout and kokanee. The equipment — and technique — are straightforward and inexpensive, compared to summer fishing. You don’t need a boat or highend fly-fishing gear — and you can keep your catch. You drill a hole with an auger, scoop out the snow and ice, and drop your line in the hole with live bait or a shiny

lure and a jig to sink it. When you get a fish, you pull it straight up through the hole instead of reeling it in. Drilling a hole, even with a handcranked auger, is surprisingly quick — a sharp auger will make a hole through more than a foot of ice in less than a minute. Most ice fishers make a hole that’s 6 to 8 inches in diameter, big enough to see what you’re doing and bring up fish easily without compromising the ice. It’s helpful to have a bucket to use as a seat and carry home your catch. Ice fishing is fun for kids, since they don’t need to learn to cast. While it can be chilly, the Methow Valley’s bright, sunny winter makes it comfortable to be out long enough to get a good catch. And you can bring a wheelbarrow or metal trough to build a fire and a tent for shelter if it’s really cold.

WHERE TO GO

Best spots in the Methow Valley: • Davis Lake — winter is the only time of year you can keep rainbow trout (10-14 inches) from Davis Lake • Patterson Lake — yellow perch (no limit), rainbow trout, kokanee, bass • Best spots in the Okanogan: • Bonaparte Lake — kokanee (10-12 inches), triploid eastern brook trout, tiger trout • Leader Lake (just over the Loup Loup summit) — perch, bass, catfish, rainbow trout, black crappie, bluegill • Palmer Lake — kokanee (more than a foot long — twice the size of Patterson Lake kokanee) Limit on most species is five a day.

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

• cold-water fish are tastier, with a less “fishy” taste • the simplicity of ice fishing — no casting or reeling in — makes it fun for kids • some species, like trout, are easier to catch in the winter

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WHAT YOU NEED

• a short pole (even a stick and some fishing line will work once you make a hole) • an ice auger (to drill a hole) • a scoop (to keep the hole free of snow and slush) • a bucket (to support the rod, to sit on, and to carry your catch; a lawn chair also works) • live bait, a shiny lure or artificial maggots All can be had for less than $100. You’ll also need a fishing license from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife — (360) 902-2464 or fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. Optional, but nice to have: • a jig (to sink the lure or bait straight down in the water) • a wheelbarrow or metal trough (for a fire) • a tent or other shelter Even more luxurious: • an electric sensor or that beeps or lights up, or a device that sends up a flag (to let you know when you have a fish) • an underwater camera or sonar (to help find fish)

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Annual Ice Fishing Tournament and Festival on Sidley Lake in Molson (northern Okanogan County) on Saturday, Jan. 18. Fishing starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., with excellent opportunities for good-sized trout and triploids. Prizes for adults and kids. Register at the historic Molson Grange starting at 7 a.m.,

support you. Drill a hole with an auger a foot or two from shore and measure the thickness of the ice, then test it again in the middle of the lake — 4 to 6 inches is generally considered safe, but remember that ice is not uniform — it may be a foot thick in one area but only a few inches nearby. Look for new, clear ice. Clear ice tends to be more solid; ice that is off-color is usually weaker. New ice is generally stronger than ice that has been around for a while — 4 inches of clear, newly formed ice may support

where there will be an all-youcan-eat pancake breakfast, an arts and crafts fair, lunch, bingo and a raffle, all to benefit local nonprofits. Registration is also open at Sidley Lake during the tournament. For more information, call Eden Valley Guest Ranch at (509) 485-5002.

one person, while a foot of older ice that has thawed and refrozen may not. Remember that snow insulates the ice, meaning it will freeze more slowly. Carry ice-rescue claws. Claws will enable you to climb out if you fall through the ice. You can make claws from pieces of wood or a broomstick with nails embedded in the ends, or from sharpened screwdrivers.

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800-843-7951 15 Country Rd., Mazama mazamacountryinn.com

800-843-7951 1 Nordic Village Road, Mazama

Located just 15 miles west of Winthrop in Mazama, the FREESTONE INN offers a quiet setting and casual atmosphere. Our lodge rooms offer either a lake or forest view, private veranda or deck, and fireplace. Our rustic style cabins are outfitted with kitchens, gas grills, and are also pet friendly.

With 18 guest rooms and over 35 private cabins available for rent, your ideal escape is here at the M AZAMA COUNTRY INN . Relax in our comfortable guest rooms, and enjoy a variety of Winter activities. Step onto groomed Nordic trails outside your door. Enjoy our restaurant, hot tub and sauna. See our website for more information. 

Location, location, location! Directly across the road from the Mazama Store! New 2 bedroom, 2 bath, legal nightly rental. AC, electric and gas heat, fully furnished kitchen, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV with Netflix, DVD player, automatic generator.

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northcascadesmountainhostel.com Located in the heart of downtown Winthrop, we’re your North Cascades adventure base camp! We offer affordable, communal bunk bed accommodation, as well as private cabins. Our amenities include fully 206-940-4507 stocked communal kitchens, bathrooms, showers, laundry, and free Wi-Fi. We can also set you up with guided climbing. Book today! 209 Castle Ave., Winthrop pinenearpark.com

509-341-4062 316 Castle Ave., Winthrop riverrun-inn.com

800-757-2709 27 Rader Rd., Winthrop rollinghuts.com

877-223-1137 18381 Hwy 20, Winthrop

Open year-round, one block above Winthrop’s Main Street, PINE N EAR has small to large, fully stocked cabins, 30/50amp RV sites, tent sites, tipis. Private, coin-showers, restrooms, and coin-laundry. Electric car charging. Excellent cell reception — complimentary wireless internet throughout the grounds.

Enjoy our tranquil and relaxing lodge rooms, cabins, or 6-bedroom guest house on the river, just a 15-minute walk to downtown Winthrop. We have an indoor pool and hot tub, open year-round. Cross country ski and snowshoe trails are a short distance away, as is the community ice rink.

Perfect for the hiker, mountain biker and cross-country skier. The Huts include a refrigerator, microwave, fireplace and Wi-Fi. Enjoy views of the mountains from each hut, and a location only 300 feet from the Methow River. We also offer the convenience of an on-site restaurant, the Woodstone Pizzeria.

Phone numbers with 996 and 997 prefixes have a 509 area code. The expanded listings above are paid for by our advertisers to give you a better idea of what they offer. Establishments featured above are also listed in the complete lodging guide on page 34.

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springcreekwinthrop.com

A stay at SPRING CREEK R ANCH is more than just a vacation, it’s an experience. The three lodging options (Ranch House and cozy cabins) on our sixty-acre family ranch along the Methow River each come with plush beds and down duvets. Stroll into Winthrop in the summer or ski from your front door in the winter.

996-2495 22 Belsby Rd., Winthrop sunmountainlodge.com

At Washington’s premier destination resort, enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Methow Valley, beautiful rooms, fabulous service, soothing spa treatments, award-winning fine dining featuring some of our region’s finest locally-sourced food and best wines, and outdoor activities everyone will enjoy! Reservations: 800-572-0493 or 509-996-2211.

996-2211 604 Patterson Lake Rd., Winthrop twispriversuites.com

Experience down-home, river front luxury and unparalleled hospitality in Twisp, the heart of the Methow Valley. Centrally located for outdoor adventure, Twisp River Suites is the perfect winter getaway. Play outside all day, sink into luxurious comfort at night. We offer pet-friendly options and an all-inclusive gourmet breakfast. 

855-784-8328 140 West Twisp Ave., Twisp www.twispterrace.com

We couple the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the privacy, exclusivity and professional service of a boutique luxury hotel. This stunning lodge offers incomparable views, dining at its finest, lavish accommodations, and warm hospitality. Cross-country ski trails, sledding on site. Minutes from Loup Loup Ski Hill. Minimum guest age: 18.

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2 Spacious Dining Areas • Large Kitchen • Plenty of Parking • Private Dressing Rooms Large Doors to Exterior • All Inclusive with Tables, Chairs & Place Settings

Over 175 miles of groomed trails Club rides every weekend Campfire and lunch provided

Pipestone Canyon Real Estate, LLC (509) 341-9394 George Hoksbergen Owner/Broker pipestonecanyonrealestate.com

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BROWN’S FARM | 887 Wolf Creek Road, Winthrop | 996-2571 | methownet.com/brownsfarm

BUNKHOUSE INN | 209 Bluff Street, Winthrop | 996-2148 | bunkhouseinn.squarespace.com

CHEWUCH INN & C ABINS | 223 White Avenue, Winthrop | 996-3107 | chewuchinn.com

DUCK BRAND HOTEL | 248 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-2408 | duckbrandwinthrop.com

FARM HOUSE | 709 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3113 | winthropchalets.com

FREESTONE INN | 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama | 996-3906/800-639-3809 | freestoneinn.com

HAZEL’S NIGHTLY RENTAL | 127 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-2148 | methownet.com/hazels

HOTEL RIO VISTA | 285 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-3535/800-398-0911 | hotelriovista.com

IDLE-A-WHILE MOTEL | 505 North Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-3222 | idle-a-while-motel.com

MAZAMA COUNTRY INN | 15 Country Road, Mazama | 996-2681/800-843-7951 | mazamacountryinn.com

MAZAMA R ANCH HOUSE | 10 Country Road, Mazama | 996-2040 | mazamaranchhouse.com METHOW RIVER LODGE & C ABINS | 110 White Avenue (Twin Lakes Road) Winthrop | 996-4348 | methowriverlodge.com

METHOW SUITES B&B | 620 Moody Lane, Twisp | 997-5970 | methowsuites.com

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MT G ARDNER INN | 611 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2000 | mtgardnerinn.com

NORDIC VILLAGE C ABIN | 1 Nordic Village Road, Mazama | 800-843-7951 | mazamacountryinn.com

NORTH CASCADES MOUNTAIN HOSTEL | 209 Castle Avenue, Winthrop | 206-940-4507 | northcascadesmountainhostel.com

PINE NEAR RV & C AMPGROUND | 316 Castle Avenue, Winthrop | 509-341-4062 | pinenearpark.com

RIVERBEND RV PARK | 19961 Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-3500/800-686-4498 | riverbendrv.com

RIVER RUN INN | 27 Rader Road, Winthrop | 800-757-2709 | riverrun-inn.com

RIVER’S EDGE RESORT | 115 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop | 996-8000 | riversedgewinthrop.com

RIVER PINES INN | 114 Bluff Street, Winthrop | 509-322-4062 | riverpinesinn.com

ROLLING HUTS | 18381 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-4442/877-223-1137 | rollinghuts.com

SILVERLINE RESORT | 677 Bear Creek Road, Winthrop | 996-2448 | silverlineresort.com

SPORTSMAN MOTEL | 1010 Hwy 20, Twisp | 997-2911

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SPRING CREEK R ANCH | 22 Belsby Road, Winthrop | 996-2495 | springcreekwinthrop.com

SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE | 604 Patterson Lake Road, Winthrop | 996-2211/800-572-0493 | sunmountainlodge.com

TIMBERLINE MEADOWS | 45 Timberline Lane, Winthrop | 844-430-8977 | timberlinemeadows.com

T WISP RIVER INN | 894 Twisp River Road, Twisp | 997-4011 | twispriverinn.com

T WISP RIVER SUITES | 140 West Twisp Avenue, Twisp | 997-0100/855-784-8328 | twispriversuites.com

T WISP TERRACE LODGE | 20556 Hwy 20, Twisp | 888-550-5919 | twispterrace.com

VIRGINIAN RESORT | 808 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2535/866-996-2535 | thevirginianresort.com

WINTHROP INN | 960 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2217/800-444-1972 | winthropinn.com

WINTHROP KOA C AMPGROUND | 1114 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-2258/800-562-2158 | koa.com/campgrounds/winthrop

WINTHROP MOUNTAIN VIEW CHALETS | 1120 Hwy 20, Winthrop | 996-3113/800-527-3113 | winthropchalets.com

WOLF CREEK C ABINS & LODGING | 1 Wolf Ridge Lane, Winthrop | 996-2148/800-422-3048 | wolfcreek-lodging.com

WOLF RIDGE RESORT | 22 Wolf Ridge Lane, Winthrop | 996-2828 | wolfridge-resort.com

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Rolling Huts & Methow Tents The Ultimate Camping Experience Whether you’re a hiker, mountain biker or cross-country skier, the Rolling Huts, located in Washington’s Methow Valley, are the perfect accommodation. Designed as a modern alternative to camping by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects

Comfortable Safari-Style Canvas Tents

Only 300 feet from the pristine Methow River, and at the edge of the forest, a group of safari-style canvas tents are waiting for you and your friends. Explore the surrounding wilderness and enjoy the myriad of options, outdoor www.rollinghuts.com and indoor, that this unique www.methowtents.com valley has to offer.

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996-2284 19 Bear Creek Golf Course Rd., Winthrop east20pizza.com

996-3996 720 Hwy 20, Winthrop freestoneinn.com

996-3906 31 Early Winters Dr. Dr., Mazama hanksharvestfoods.com

997-7711 412 E. Methow Valley Hwy., Twisp

997-2100 202 N. Methow Valley Hwy., Twisp

kindgrindscoffee.com

996-4563 94 Bridge Street, Winthrop

997-0247 102 Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp

skitheloup.com

509-557-3401 97 FS 4200 100 Rd., Okanogan mazamacountryinn.com

800-843-7951 15 Country Rd., Mazama

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BEAR CREEK GOLF COURSE offers a full-service espresso bar featuring Blue Star Coffee. Enjoy steamed hot dogs, hoagies and snacks in our beautiful location. We offer an excellent beer and wine selection, as well as other thirst-quenching beverages. All of this in a serene setting with gorgeous views.

E AST 20 PIZZA is open daily to serve the freshest pizza & coldest beer around! Our pizza dough is made each day with locally grown wheat, and we are proud to feature ingredients that are locally grown and sourced. Ask about our delicious and creative off-season pizza combo specials!

The FREESTONE INN features gourmet food, proudly crafted with the best available ingredients and a contemporary perspective. Our casual atmosphere is complemented by a stunning lakeshore view and giant river-rock fireplace. Check out Jack’s Hut Pizza & Brews, adjacent to the main lodge, with pool tables and big screen TVs.

H ANK’S D ELI offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We offer daily specials and custom-made sandwiches, salads, soup and chili. Enjoy a freshly made donut and Blue Star coffee to start your day, or end your day with one of our dinner specials and save yourself from a night of cooking!

HOMETOWN PIZZA is the Methow Valley’s choice for affordable family dining! Featuring stone baked pizzas made from scratch, using family recipes. Enjoy a fresh salad, or a sub on a house made roll. We also have beer and wine available. If you have an upcoming meeting or party, call us to reserve our banquet room!

HOMETOWN PIZZA

KIND G RINDS specializes in brewing and creating delicious espresso drinks using Blue Star Coffee, with organic milks and milk alternatives. We offer healthy food options including sandwiches, wraps, salads, and smoothies made with organic and natural ingredients.

L A FONDA LOPEZ RESTAURANT is family-friendly and offers a variety of foods: Mexican, pasta dishes, curries, burgers, vegetarian and daily specials. We serve an array of margaritas and cocktails. Please call us for catering menu options! Winter hours 11:30 a.m.– 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Open daily in the summer, with patio seating.

Come grab a bite to eat in the LITTLE BUCK C AFÉ between runs. We’ll have a new menu for the upcoming season, including breakfast, soups, chili, sandwiches and other favorites. We also proudly feature Blue Star Coffee and Okanogan Farmstand muffins and pastries.

The M AZAMA COUNTRY INN serves delicious Northwest-style food. Open to the public for breakfast and dinner beginning Dec. 18. Breakfast 9-11:30 a.m.; family-style dining in the evenings. Dinner reservations required, please call by 2 p.m. Vegetarian options upon request. 800-843-7951 or check out our website for more information.

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509-341-4354 28 Hwy 20, Winthrop rockinghorsebakery.com

996-4241 265 Riverside Ave., Winthrop sixknotcider.net

996-3862 231 Riverside Ave., Winthrop sunmountainlodge.com

996-4707 604 Patterson Lake Rd., Winthrop twispterrace.com

888-550-5919 20556 State Route 20, Twisp woodstoneatwesola.com

996-9804 18381 Hwy 20, Winthrop

Food, fun, fine ciders! M ETHOW VALLEY CIDERHOUSE ciders are made from our own organic, local apples. We offer full lunch and dinner menus, with vegan and gluten-free options. Live music summer Fridays and Saturdays, in the Apple Amphitheater. Kid friendly and conveniently located right on Hwy 20, next to the ball field. ROCKING H ORSE BAKERY, located in downtown Winthrop, is the perfect place to grab breakfast and lunch to go or linger with friends in our historic building filled with old west artifacts. Morning pastries, delectable lunches, sweet treats and a cup of locally roasted espresso … handmade, local, friendly and delicious!

Certified organic hard cider, farm crafted in the Methow Valley. Visit our SIXKNOT TAPHOUSE in Winthrop — locavore menu, lunch and dinner, 42 taps with our cider, guest ciders, regional craft beer, wine, kombucha, and craft sodas. Check our event page for music.

Whether you’re here for an evening of fine dining, or just a relaxed breakfast, lunch, or night out, Executive Chef Tyler Krost is passionate about creating dining experiences for our guests highlighting the amazing flavors of the freshest seasonal, regional and local ingredients available. Reservations: 509-996-4707. A casual fine-dining experience in an intimate setting with stunning views of the North Cascades. The delicious, artisan menu is prepared using the finest ingredients with an emphasis on local sourcing. Cozy English pub for pre-dinner cocktails. Winter hours: Dinner at 6 p.m., pub opens at 5 p.m. for dinner/lodge guests only. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Casual, family friendly dining. Our pies are made with house-made crust and sauces, served family style. Enjoy European-style appetizers, as well as wines and an excellent selection of imported beers. Or just stop by for an espresso. Serving soup in the winter and featuring patio seating in the summer.

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3 BEARS C AFÉ & QUILTS | 414 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-8013 | 3bearsquiltshop.com

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A RROWLEAF BISTRO | 207 White Ave., Winthrop | 996-3919 | arrowleafbistro.com

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BEAR CREEK GOLF COURSE | 19 Bear Creek Golf Course Rd., Winthrop | 996-2284 | bearcreekgolfcourse.com

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BJ’S BRANDING IRON | 123 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-0040 | facebook.com/TwispBrandingIron

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BLUE STAR COFFEE ROASTERS | 3 Twisp Airport Rd., Twisp | 997-2583 | bluestarcoffeeroasters.com

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BRIX WINE BAR | 229 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3229 | brixwinthrop.com

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COPPER G LANCE | 134A Riverside Ave., Winthrop | copperglancewinthrop.com

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DUCK BRAND | 248 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2408 | facebook.com/DuckBrand

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E AST 20 PIZZA | 720 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-3996 | east20pizza.com

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EL VALLE | 123 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-7829

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FREESTONE INN | 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama | 996-3906 | freestoneinn.com

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G LOVER STREET MARKET | 124 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-1320 | gloverstreetmarket.com

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HANK’S HARVEST FOODS | 412 E. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-7711 | hanksharvestfoods.com

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KIND G RINDS | 94 Bridge St., Winthrop | 996-4563 | facebook.com/kindgrinds

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L AFONDA LOPEZ | 102 Highway 20, Twisp | 997-0247 | facebook.com/lafondalopeztwisp

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MAZAMA COUNTRY INN | 15 Country Rd., Mazama | 996-2681 | mazamacountryinn.com

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MAZAMA STORE | 50 Lost River Rd., Mazama | 996-2855 | themazamastore.com

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METHOW VALLEY THRIFTWAY | 920 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-2525 | methowvalleythriftway.com

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MICK & MIKI’S RED CEDAR BAR | 110 S. Glover St., Twisp | 997-6425 | facebook.com/Mick-Mikis-Red-Cedar-Bar

Burgers

OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY | 155 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3183 | oldschoolhousebrewery.com

Pub grub

OLIVER’S A RTISAN KITCHEN | 100 Bridge St., Winthrop | 996-2020 | oliversartisankitchen.com

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PARDNER’S MINI MARKET | 900 Highway 20, Winthrop | 996-2005

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ROCKING HORSE BAKERY | 265 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-4241 | rockinghorsebakery.com

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SIXKNOT TAPHOUSE | 231 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-3862 | sixknotcider.com

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SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE | 604 Patterson Lake Rd., Winthrop | 996-2211 | sunmountainlodge.com

Fine dining

TAPPI | 201 S. Glover St., Twisp | 997-3345 | tappitwisp.com

Italian, Pizza

THREE FINGERED JACK’S | 176 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2411 | 3fingeredjacks.com

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Fully outfitted Need to rent or buy gear? We’ve got it

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inter sports require specialized equipment and clothing. If you didn’t bring it, you can probably buy or rent it in the Methow Valley. Here’s where to find the goods, and all the information you require to enjoy our winter wonderland.

TWISP LOUP LOUP RENTAL EQUIPMENT SHOP. www.skitheloup.com, (509) 557-3406 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. 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 one-hour lesson. Also try the Bear Mountain luge sledding run — take a Snowcat ride to the top and sled down on 12 kilometers of groomed trails. Luge rentals are available, call (509) 557-3401 for a reservation. 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, Nordic skiing and ice skate rentals are also available, along with a full range of seasonal clothing and custom boot-fitting. Classic Mountain Cabby runs a shuttle service to Loup Loup Ski Bowl, departing from the Ski & Snowboard Shop 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 throughout the region. Call or check the Cabby’s website or Facebook page — Classic Mountain Cabby LLC — for further shuttle information.

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 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. Equipment rental rates are the same for touring, skating or racing equipment and include short skis, mid-length skis and traditional length skis, plus snowshoes and pulks. Clothing includes pants, vests, jackets, hats and gloves;

there is also a full line of ski wax and tools, as well as accessory items. 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 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 RINK. www. winthropicerink.com, 996-4199 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. CASCADES OUTDOOR STORE. www. cascadesoutdoorstore.com, (509) 996-3480 Rents skate and waxless classic ski packages for adults and kids, fat bikes and snowshoes. 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. Also offers a full range of seasonal clothing. CHEWACK RIVER GUEST RANCH. www. chewackranch.com, 996-2497 Offers half- and full-day snowmobile rentals at the ranch located 6 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. Twohour, four-hour and full-day guided snowmobile tours are also available. WINTHROP MOUNTAIN SPORTS. www. winthropmountainsports.com, (509) 996-2886

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, and a full range of seasonal clothing. 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. BEAR CREEK GOLF COURSE. www.bearcreekgolfcourse.com, (509) 996-2284 Fat bike and snowshoe rentals available. A Bear Creek Trail Pass is required to use the trails on golf course property; stop by the clubhouse to purchase a pass. THE OUTDOORSMAN. www. theoutdoorsmanstore.net, 996-2649 Full range of outdoor gear and clothing for every season, including locally made hand-crafted items. NORDIC ULTRA-TUNE. www. nordicultratune.com, 996-4145 Precision stone grinding or waxing for your skis.

MAZAMA GOAT’S BEARD MOUNTAIN SUPPLIES. www.goatsbeardmountainsupplies. com, (509) 996-2515 Located across the courtyard from the Mazama Store. Specializes in backcountry ski gear. 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, fat bikes, Burley ski pulks, snowshoes and split snowboards. Also offers a full range of seasonal clothing. 39


FE A ST YOUR E YES

Find top-notch 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. At Glassworks of Winthrop on the boardwalk you can watch a glassblower in action. 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 including D*SIGNS Gallery and Rod Weagant Gallery in Twisp.

ART IN THE ELEMENTS

The Methow Valley boasts a range of public art, stretching from the upper reaches of the valley down into the confluence with the Columbia River at Pateros. Much of it is accessible in winter. Visit www.methowarts. org/public-art-map for a map and brief description of the art and artists.

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LIGHT MY FIRE

Is your idea of a perfect winter afternoon a big stone fireplace 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 onsite or nearby. Photo by Steve Mitchell

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Northwest poet William Stafford was commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service to write a series of poems celebrating the Methow Valley. In 1994, those poems were published on roadside plaques and installed at scenic turnouts along the Methow River watershed, from Washington Pass to Pateros, most of which are accessible even in winter. The location of each poem can be found on the public art map at www. methowarts.org/public-art-map.

ICE, ICE BABY

Our unique community-built, openair ice rink nurtures both the familyfriendly experience and a competitive atmosphere, depending on the time of day. Rink sessions include open skate, lessons, hockey practice, drop-in hockey games and tournaments. You can also reserve the upper deck viewing room for private parties. Visit www. winthroprink.org, or call 996-4199.

NOTHING BE ATS A BOOK

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. Our two libraries, in Winthrop and Twisp, welcome visitors to browse the stacks and/ or attend story times and other events, and both offer free Wi-Fi: www.ncrl. org/locations. Free books can be found at one of the valley’s free little libraries, located in the Mazama Store courtyard and outside the Twisp Post Office. Take a book or leave a book.

TRE AT YOUR SELF

Get a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or other personal pampering.

Try the Nectar Skin Bar and Boutique in Winthrop, the TwiSpa in Twisp, or head on up to Sun Mountain Lodge for special treatment in their hilltop spa.

WORK OUT

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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, or take one of their regular fitness classes. All of the local yoga studios offer drop-in rates and a welcoming atmosphere. There’s no better way to meet local folks than to work out with them.

NIGHT LIFE

Contrary to the small-town stereotype, there is actually a Methow night life. On weekends, Copper Glance in Winthrop is open until 1 a.m. and they frequently have bands and dance parties. The Branding Iron in Twisp is another hot spot, where on Fridays you’ll find a lively karaoke session and Saturday turns out locals on the dance floor. On Fridays from 4-7 p.m. you can participate in a Wine Shed spirits tasting. Every Friday throughout the winter features a different variety—bourbon, tequila, rum, Scotch, etc.—with three different samples and an accompanying plate of tasty snacks, as well as a quick lesson in what you’re tasting and what flavors you might notice.

GET HITCHED

Tie the knot. This probably won’t be an impulsive move, but if you plan ahead, winter is a spectacular setting for nuptials. Check out the Methow Valley News “Valley Vows” publication for complete information on how to make it happen. Look

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for copies around town or find the digital version on our website, www. methowvalleynews.com.

JINGLE BELL S

Forget the dinky one-horse open sleigh—at Sun Mountain Lodge you’ll get to snuggle in a blanket on a sleigh behind a full team of horses! Daily sleigh rides from the lodge are offered throughout the winter. For those seeking a longer experience, the weekly sleigh ride and dinner at a packer’s tent is a treat for all ages. www. sunmountainlodge.com/activities/ winter-activities/sleigh-rides

LIV E PERFORMANCE

There’s almost always a live performance happening in the Methow Valley. The Merc Playhouse in Twisp presents community theatre featuring local and regional actors. Live music is on tap at many local bars and eateries — often

with no cover charge — including Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom at TwispWorks, Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Sixknot Taphouse, Twisp River Suites, the Branding Iron, Mick & Miki’s Red Cedar Bar, Copper Glance and The Barnyard Cinema. Methow Arts, the Methow Valley Community Center, Winthrop Barn, Sun Mountain Lodge, Freestone Inn and Mazama Country Inn also host musical events. Confluence Poets and Trails End Bookstore frequently host poetry readings. Check the weekly “What’s Happening” page in the Methow Valley News for the most current information.

STARRY- E YED

Orion. Auriga. Gemini. Taurus. Winter stargazing is breathtaking. The Methow Valley’s dark skies will show you the constellations like you’ve never seen them before. Check out Dave Ward’s article about winter stargazing on page 11, and read his Naked Eye column in the Methow Valley News for current happenings in galaxies near and far, far away. The Methow Valley Dark Sky Coalition is working to create a dark sky community for the Methow

Valley and surrounding areas, which means better stargazing for all. They hold public meetings and welcome involvement from residents and visitors. Email kyrie.jardin@methowdarksky. org for more coalition information.

SOCIALIZE AND C AFFEINATE

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, Cinnamon Twisp Bakery, or the deli at Hank’s Harvest Foods. You’ll be served blends from one or the other of the Methow Valley’s specialty coffee companies: Blue Star in Twisp and Lariat Coffee Roasters in Winthrop. Later in the day, for apres-ski, walk from the Town Trailhead to Winthrop’s Brix Wine Bar & Bottle Shop, Sixknot Taphouse, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Copper Glance or Methow Valley Ciderhouse for a cold drink before dinner.

HOT AIR

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You launch from Winthrop just after sunrise with the folks at Morning Glory Balloon Tours, and glide soundlessly over the valley, 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, morningglory@balloonwinthrop.com.

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GET STIMUL ATED

This valley is full of interesting people who love to share their knowledge, experiences, poetic talents and images with others. From the Methow Conservancy’s “First Tuesday” lecture series of free presentations focusing on natural history topics, to an Armchair Traveler rotation of travel talks, to poetry slams, there is nearly always someone speaking in public about something that will grab your attention. The Coaches’ Lounge in Twisp is a meeting space available to those who want to offer a class, discussion or other activity; attend as either a presenter or a participant. Check out the “What’s Happening” page in the weekly Methow Valley News, or visit www.methowconservancy.org/events, www.methowarts.org/community calendar, www.winthroplibraryfriends. org/events, and methowcommunity.org/ calendar.

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Three holiday bazaars—one in Winthrop, two in Twisp—offer shoppers the chance to purchase local artisan products straight from the makers. From housewares to beauty products, clothing to home furnishings, art to edibles, these bazaars are the best way to support the local artisan economy

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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

The best deal in town is the Methow Valley Community Center’s gym and closet full of roller skates, all of which you can rent for $50-$75 for three hours. Bring some tunes, some snacks, and a makeshift limbo pole and you’re

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WAY OUT THERE

For an exhilarating back-country skiing adventure via helicopter, contact North Cascades Heli, www. heli-ski.com, to learn more. North Cascades Mountain Guides, www. ncmountainguides.com, also offers snowmobile-accessed skiing and snowboarding at Washington Pass.

REIN V ENT YOUR SELF

Twisp’s Thrifty Fox is more than just a secondhand clothing store; it’s a curated boutique for chic and funky pre-owned attire and accessories. The owner/buyer is in possession of a keen eye for fashion and a flair for unique and stylish duds. The imaginative and entertaining staff will help you find the perfect outfit for any occasion, and what fun you’ll have choosing. The attire isn’t costume; it’s couture funky, and will breathe some new life into your wardrobe. Pre-owned clothing and housewares can also be found at the Senior Center on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

GET IN VOLV ED

Want to feel like a local? Get involved, do something communityoriented: join a group or volunteer at an event. Weekly classes and discussion groups welcome drop-in visitors; check the community calendar in each week’s Methow Valley News. Literary and visual arts classes can be found at 44

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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, visit our website, www.methowvalleynews.com, or find us on Facebook for daily news and updates.

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Once you see a film at The Barnyard Cinema, you’ll realize what the moviewatching experience was really meant to be. At The Barnyard, 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 a state-ofthe-art sound system. Local beer, wine, coffee, quintessential movie-house candy, and the best popcorn in the valley complete the package; this is a night (or afternoon) at the movies like you’ve never dreamed possible. Contact: The Barnyard Cinema, www.thebarnyardcinema.com, (509) 996-3222, info@ thebarnyardcinema.com.

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Visitor Information INFORMATION CENTERS T WISP: 997-2926; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center) WINTHROP: 996-2125 or (888) 463-8469; 202 Riverside Ave.

NEED A PLACE TO STAY? METHOW RESERVATIONS: 996-2148 or (800) 422-3048; www. methowreservations.net; info@ methowreservations.net

OPEN LATE HANK’S MINI M ARKET: 410 E. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp; 997-4332; until 10 p.m. every day; 24-hour fueling M AZAMA STORE: 50 Lost River Road, Mazama; 996-2855; 24-hour fueling PARDNERS MINI M ARKET: 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

AIRPORTS T WISP MUNICIPAL AIRPORT: 40 Wagner Road, Twisp; 997-2311. METHOW VALLEY STATE AIRPORT: Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road; (360) 618-2477

NEED A TOW? CLASSIC TOWING , T WISP: 997-2333 WINTHROP MOTORS: 996-2277

POST OFFICES CARLTON: 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

PET PROBLEMS? 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

NEED TO CHARGE YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE? T WISPWORKS: 502 S. Glover St., Twisp, 997-3300, twispworks.org PINE NEAR RV PARK: 316 Castle Ave., Winthrop; (509) 341-4062, www. pinenearpark.com M AZAMA COUNTRY INN: 15 Country Road, Mazama; 996-2681; www. mazamacountryinn.com SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE, WINTHROP: 996-2211; www.sunmountainlodge. com TWISP RIVER SUITES: 140 W. Twisp Ave., Twisp, 997-0100, www. twispriversuites.com.

CAB & SHUTTLE CLASSIC MOUNTAIN CABBY: 996-2894; classicmountaincabby@gmail.com

POLICE/EMERGENCY EMERGENCY: 911 T WISP POLICE DEPARTMENT: 997-6112; 118 S. Glover St.; townoftwisp. com/index.php/departments/ police-department/ WINTHROP M ARSHAL’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 AERO METHOW RESCUE SERVICE: 997-4013; www.aeromethow.org

LIBRARIES T WISP: 997-4681; 201 Methow Valley Highway (Methow Valley Community Center); wireless hot spot WINTHROP: 996-2685; 49 Highway 20; wireless hot spot

NEED TO CLEAN UP? L AUNDROMAT, SHOWERS AND FREE WI-FI AT WASHWORKS: 325 E. Highway 20, Twisp; 997-0336; www. hwy20washworks.com

RECREATION INFORMATION U.S. FOREST SERVICE: 996-4000; 24 West Chewuch Rd., Winthrop METHOW TRAILS: 996-2387; 309 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; www.methowtrails.com; info@ methowtrails.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 CASCADE LOOP SCENIC HIGHWAY: www. cascadeloop.com NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK: Newhalem visitor center, (206) 386-4495 ext.11; www.nps.gov/noca/ index.htm WASHINGTON DEPT. OF FISH & WILDLIFE: (360) 902-2200; www.wdfw.wa.gov

CAR WASH CASCADE KING’S: 1421 Methow Valley Hwy S. Twisp; 997-2513; www. kingstire.biz

BANKS NORTH CASCADES BANK: 101 Methow Valley Highway N., Twisp; 997-2411; www.northcascadesbank.com FARMERS STATE BANK: 159 Riverside Ave., Winthrop; 996-2244; www. farmersstatebankwa.com

CHAMBERS 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

RECYCLING METHOW RECYCLES: 997-0520; 12 Twisp Airport Road; www.methowrecycles.org

GOVERNMENT 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

HEALTH CARE 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 CARE, T WISP: 997-7533 FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS DENTAL CLINIC , T WISP: 997-0922 ULRICH’S PHARMACY, T WISP: 997-2191

HIGHWAY INFORMATION WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: Dial 511 for pass and road information; www.wsdot.wa.gov

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. 45


CA LE N DA R NOVEMBER

7 EXPLORING THE DOLOMITES: Photos

and program on Pat Leigh’s hiking adventure in the Dolomites at Winthrop library. Free. 996-2685. 7pm 7 POETRY SLAM: Fundraiser for Friends of the Winthrop Public Library (FOWL) at Sixknot Taphouse, Winthrop. Free. 996-3862. Poets register at 6:30pm, Slam at 7pm 7 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Kids 6-15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997-4681. 3:45pm 8 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 8 MUSIC: Cascadia Music presents the high energy danceable sound of Duende Libre at MV Community Center, Twisp. $1-$20. 997-0222. 7pm 8 FOLK/ROCK/INDIE: Nathaniel Talbot Duo at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 9963183. Free. 6-9pm 9 SKI SWAP+BAKE AND BOOK SALE: Ski swap to benefit Methow Valley Nordic Team at Winthrop Barn, along with Friends of the Winthrop Library fundraising bake and book sale. $2. 996-3194. 9:30am-12:30pm 9 REPAIR CAFÉ: Get your stuff fixed for free at YourSpace, TwispWorks. aspen@ methowrecycles.org. 11am-1pm 9 INTERPRETIVE CENTER FUNDRAISER: Adults-only fundraiser for Methow Valley Interpretive Center at the Twisp Valley Grange, with entertainment, food, live and silent auctions. $10. mvinterpretivecenter@gmail.com. 6pm 12 STORY TIME: Stories, songs and crafts at the Winthrop Library. Free. 996-2685. 11am 14 STEM FOR KIDS: At Twisp library is color-changing milk. Free. 997-4681. 3:45pm 15-17 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Puckaroo Roundup, 12-team tournament for adults at Winthrop Rink. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org. All day 15–17 THEATER: Psychological thriller “Rope” presented at Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$20. www.mercplayhouse.org; 997-7529. 7pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday 15 STORYTIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 15 AT THE LIBRARY: Create a constellation light box at Winthrop library. Free. 996-2685. 3:45pm 15 MUSIC: Local cover duo That’s What She Sang at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 16 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Kids 6-15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997-4681. 10am 16 CONFLUENCE GALLERY BENEFIT: Confluence Gallery in Twisp hosts “A Starry, Starry Night” dinner and silent auction with music. $150. confluencegallery.com. 6pm 16 MUSIC: Country group Farewell Angelina at Winthrop Barn. $11-$30. www. methowarts.org; 997-4004. 7pm

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19 STORY TIME: At the Winthrop Library. Free. 996-2685. 11am

19 SIP & PAINT WATERCOLORS: Learn

basic watercolor technique with Amber Wray at Methow Arts in Twisp. $45. www. methowarts.org; 997-4004. 5:30-8pm 21–24 THEATER: Psychological thriller “Rope” at Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$20. www.mercplayhouse.org; 997-7529. 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday 21 STEM PROGRAM AT LIBRARY: Make a stop-action film at Winthrop library. Free. 996-2685. 3:45pm 21 PIE AND WHISKEY: Learn to make pie and drink whiskey with Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon at Methow Arts, Twisp. www. methowarts.org/pie-whisky. 5:30-7:30pm 21 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 997-0902. 6-9pm 22–24 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Seattle FOG Invitational 4-team tournament for adults 50 and older at Winthrop Rink. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org. 22 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 22 FOLK/ROCK/INDIE: Evan Egerer at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm

23 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 65+ vendors with quality arts, crafts and food at MV Community Center, Twisp. Free. 997-2926. 9am-3pm 23 EXHIBIT OPENING: Wit & Whimsy Holiday Show and Cindy Ruprecht exhibit open with reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp, continuing through Jan. 5. Free. 9972787. 5-7pm 26 STORY TIME: At the Winthrop Library. Free. 996-2685. 11am 28 THANKSGIVING ICE SKATING: Public ice skating session for all ages at Winthrop Rink. 996-4199. 1-4pm. 28 THANKSGIVING AT THE MOUNTAIN: Thanksgiving dinner at Sun Mountain Lodge. $16-$52. 996-2211. 2pm and 8pm 28-DEC. 1 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: 6-team hockey tournament for U16 kids at the Winthrop Rink. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org. 29-30 CHRISTMAS AT THE END OF THE ROAD: A family friendly weekend in downtown Winthrop with fireworks, a fun run, skating with Santa, town lighting, children’s activities at the barn, live music, sleigh rides, campfires, hot cocoa and more. Most activities free. 996-2125. 2-10pm Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday 29 ACOUSTIC/INDIE/FOLK: Nic Allen at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 9963183. Free. 6-9pm

DECEMBER

5 SIP AND SHOP: Find art and more at

Confluence Gallery, Twisp, during Mistletoe Madness. Free. 997-2787. 4-7pm 5 VALLEY GOODS OPENS: Opening of Valley Goods holiday gift store at TwispWorks. Free. outreach@twispworks.org 4-7pm 5 MISTLETOE MADNESS: Shop local artists studios, enjoy food and drinks, listen to music, meet Santa, get pictures taken and ride in a horse-drawn carriage in downtown Twisp and on the TwispWorks campus. Free. outreach@twispworks.org. 4-7pm 5 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Kids 6-15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997-4681. 3:45pm 6-7 THEATER: The Merc Playhouse in Twisp presents a Readers’ Theater production of “A Christmas Story.” $10; 18 and under free info@mercplayhouse.org. 7pm 6-8 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Puckaroo Roundup, 12-team adult tournament. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org. All day 6 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 6 OPEN MIC: Hosted by Stephen Kish at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 7 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 65+ vendors offering arts, crafts and food at MV Community Center, Twisp. Free. 997-2926. 9am-3pm 7 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Pancakes and trimmings at Twisp Valley Grange. $3-$7.50, under 3 free. 997-0771. 8:30-10:30am

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7 MUSIC: The Paperboys at Winthrop Barn. info@methowartsalliance.org. 7pm 10-11 HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Features the Cascadia Chorale and the Methow Valley Orchestra, at MV Community Center, Twisp. By donation. 997-0222. 7pm each night 12 STEM FOR KIDS: At Twisp library is taco sauce penny cleaner. Free. 997-4681. 3:45pm 13-15 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Outdoors Classic tournament for ages 13-14. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org. All day 13 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 13 FOLK: Portland-based duo Dead Lee at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 14 WINTHROP BAZAAR: Locally made items and a visit from Santa, at Winthrop Barn. Free. info@winthropwashington.com. 9am-3pm 17 SIP & PAINT WATERCOLORS: Learn basic watercolor technique with Amber Wray at Methow Arts in Twisp. $45. www. methowarts.org; 997-4004. 5:30-8pm 19-22 NORDIC SKI CAMP: For beginning through advanced skiers at Sun Mountain Lodge. $440. methowskicamp.org; methowskicamp@yahoo.com 19 OPEN MIC: At Old School Brewery Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 997-0902. 6-9pm 20 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 20 MUSIC: Local cover duo That’s What She Sang at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm

21 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Kids 6-15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997-4681. 10am 24 CHRISTMAS EVE AT SUN MOUNTAIN: Events all day including cookie decorating with Santa (1pm and 3pm, free), Santa reading “The Night Before Christmas” (7pm, free) and Christmas Eve dinner (5-9pm, reservations required at 996-4707, $65). 996-2211 25 CHRISTMAS DINNER AT SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE: Buffet at the lodge. $16-$75. 996-4707 for reservations. 996-2211. 2-8pm 25 CHRISTMAS ICE SKATING: At Winthrop Rink. 996-4199. 1-4pm 25 FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER: MV Snowmobile Association hosts a Christmas dinner at Winthrop Barn. Free. mvsnowmobile. blogspot.com. Noon-3pm 27 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 27 INDIE ROCK: Let Flo Go at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 28 SKI RODEO: Skate technique ski races for all ages with optional relays plus obstacle course races and lollipop race for kids, at Liberty Bell High School. $10-$20. info@mvnsef.org. 10am 28 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: With local guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 28 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am

29 TRY BIATHLON: Try out biathlon in Mazama to support MV Biathlon Team. $25. info@mvnsef.org. 10:30am-2pm 30-31: KIDS’ HOLIDAY CAMP: For any level cross-country skiers ages 6-13, at Mazama Community Center. $60 for MV Nordic Team members, $145 for non-members. jrteam@mvnsef.org. 9am-noon 31 VINTAGE SKI FESTIVAL: Bring your best vintage Nordic ski gear and meet up at the Mazama Store courtyard for fun, photos, awards and a tour. Free. info@mvnsef.org. Noon 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE COSTUME PARTY: Public ice skating session for all ages at Winthrop Rink; half-off admission if in costume. winthroprink.org/schedule; 996-4199. 7-10pm

JANUARY

2 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Kids 6-15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997-4681. 3:45pm

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4-5 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: TechRec Winter Classic, men’s tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org/schedule 7 NORDIC CLASSES: 8-week ski class for beginning cross-country skiers, classic and skate techniques (Tuesdays through Feb. 25) at various locations. $150 plus MV Nordic membership. info@mvnsef.org. 9-10:30am 7 SKI CUBS: Methow Valley Nordic offers 1st and 2nd grade children a fun, short season of skiing with games and instruction, at various locations. $75. methowvalleynordic. com. Tuesdays through Feb. 11, 3:15-5:30pm 8 NORDIC CLASSES: 8-week class for advanced Nordic skiers, classic and skate techniques (Wednesdays through Feb. 26) at various locations. $150 plus Methow Valley Nordic membership. info@mvnsef.org. 9-10:30am 9 NORDIC CLASSES: 8-week class for intermediate Nordic skiers, classic and skate techniques (Thursdays through Feb. 27) at various locations. $150 plus Methow Valley Nordic membership. info@mvnsef.org. 9-10:30am 9 STEM AT THE LIBRARY: At Twisp Library. Free. 997-4681. 3:45pm 10 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 10 SOUL/R&B: Ben Masterson at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 10-11 LIGHT UP THE NIGHT CABARET: Singing, dancing and raucous merriment for 18 years and up, at MV Community Center, Twisp. Cost TBA. 997-2926. 7:30-11pm 10-12 THEATER: The Merc in Twisp presents “Breaking Legs,” written by Tom Dulack and directed by Carolanne Steinebach. $5-$20. 997-7529; mercplayhouse.org. 7pm Friday, Saturday, 2pm Sunday 10-12 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Outdoors Classic, ages 9-10. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org/schedule.All day. 11-12 NORDIC CLINIC: 2-day ski clinic in classic and skate technique at Mazama Community Club. $195 plus Methow Valley Nordic membership. info@mvnsef.org. 9am-3pm 11 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: With local guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 11 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am 11 EXHIBIT OPENING: The Color of Words exhibit opens with reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp, continuing through Feb. 23. Free. 997-2787. 5-7pm 16-19 THEATER: The Merc in Twisp presents “Breaking Legs,” written by Tom Dulack and directed by Carolanne Steinebach. $5-$20. 997-7529; mercplayhouse.org. 7pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 2pm Sunday 16 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Brewery Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 997-0902. 6-9pm 17 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 17 MUSIC: Guitarist Steve Itterly at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 47


18 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: With local

guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 18 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am 18 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Kids 6-15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997-4681. 10am 21 SIP & PAINT WATERCOLORS: Learn basic watercolor technique with Amber Wray at Methow Arts in Twisp. $45. www. methowarts.org; 997-4004. 5:30-8pm 24 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 24 CONTRA DANCE: Fundraiser with live music for Methow At Home, at Twisp Valley Grange. By donation. manager@ methowathome.org. 7-9pm 24 INDIE/FOLK: Danbert Nobacon, Kira Wood Cramer and Anna Dooley at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 24-26 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Puckaroo Roundup for adults. Free. 9964199; winthroprink.org/schedule. All day 25 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Local guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 25 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am

25 HANZ’ BIG ADVENTURE: A guess-yourtime ski race for all ages at Liberty Bell High School. Free. info@mvnsef.org. 1pm 25 REPAIR CAFÉ: Get your stuff fixed for free at YourSpace, TwispWorks. aspen@ methowrecycles.org. 11am-1pm 25 DANCING WITH YOUR STARS: Utah Ballroom Dance Company at Winthrop Barn. $10-$35. info@methowartsalliance.org. 7pm 26 RANDONEE RACE: Randonee competition at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. $50-$65. cascadeendurance.com 31 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 31 AMERICANA/ALT COUNTRY: Norman Baker at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 31-FEB. 2 WOMEN’S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: At Winthrop Rink. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org/schedule

FEBRUARY

1 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: With local

guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 1 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am 1 RACE OF THE METHOW CLASSIC SPRINT: Junior National Championship qualifier with races for skiers of all ages, at Liberty Bell High School. $5-$45. info@mvnsef.org. 9am

1 CONCERT: Methow Valley Chamber Music

Festival Winter Concert at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $30-$120. 997-5000; www. methowmusicfestival.org. 6pm 2 RACE OF THE METHOW MASS START: Junior National Championships qualifier with races for skiers of all ages, at Liberty Bell High School. $5-45 info@mvnsef.org. 9 am 2 SKI FOR WOMEN: A fun Nordic ski event for women and girls, and a fundraiser for Room One at Mazama Community Center; no skiing experience necessary. By donation. 6 LEGOS AT THE LIBRARY: Kids 6-15 at Twisp Library. Free. 997-4681. 3:45pm 7-9 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Outdoors Classic, ages 11-12. Free. 996-4199; winthroprink.org/schedule. All day 7 STORY TIME: For kids 2-6 at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 11am 7 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 8 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: With local guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 8 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am 8 SKI TO THE SUN MARATHON AND RELAY: 42km freestyle marathon and relay from Mazama to Sun Mountain. Marathon $85, relay $60. adrienne@methowtrails.org. 8:30am marathon, 9am relay

15-16 SNOWSHOE SOFTBALL: Tourna-

ment at the Winthrop ball fields on Highway 20. Free. 996-2125. 15 LEE ADAMS TOURS OF THE METHOW: 20-80 km cross-country ski tour. Free for Methow Valley Nordic or Methow Trails members, $10 for others. adrienne@methowtrails. org. First shuttle bus at 7:30am 15 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: With local guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 15 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Between Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www. methowtrails.org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am 16 TRY BIATHLON: At Liberty Bell High School to support MV Biathlon Team. $25. info@mvnsef.org. 10am-2pm 16 DOGGIE DASH: 6-legged event for people and dogs; prizes for best costumes, starting at Winthrop Town Trailhead. By donation. methowtrails.org. 17-18 KIDS’ HOLIDAY SKI CAMP: For any level cross-country skiers ages 6-13, at Liberty Bell High School. $60 for Methow Valley Nordic Team members, $145 for nonmembers. jrteam@mvnsef.org. 1-4pm 18 SIP & PAINT WATERCOLORS: Learn basic watercolor technique with Amber Wray at Methow Arts in Twisp. $45. www. methowarts.org; 997-4004. 5:30-8pm

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Specialty, natural and organic items Full Service Deli Floral Bakery Bulk Foods Produce Smoked Meats Wine and Spirits And an exceptional Meat Department

Come visit us here at Hank’s, where customer service comes first.

hanksharvestfoods.com • 509-997-7711 • 412 E. Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp

Espresso • Pastries Soups • Paninis Wraps • Salads

(509) 996-4563 • kindgrindscoffee.com • 94 Bridge St. Winthrop, WA

Methow Valley’s only heated boutique yoga and fitness studio

Full schedule at Agniyogastudio.com 114 N. Glover St. in Twisp

We are happy to serve you, from one neighbor to another. 48

Offeringyoga a variety of yoga classes, agni

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22 APPLE PUCK HOCKEY TOURNAMENT:

4-team collegiate club hockey tournament featuring University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, and Gonzaga University teams. 996-41299; See times and admissions at winthroprink.org/applepuck2020. All day 22 DANCE TROUPE: Hiplet fuses classical pointe ballet with African, Latin, Hip-Hop and urban dance styles at Winthrop Barn. Free$28. info@methowartsalliance.org. 7pm 22 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: With local guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 22 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am 28-MARCH 1 WOMEN’S SKI RETREAT: For all levels of experience, at Sun Mountain Lodge. $475. cascadeendurance.com 28 CONTRA DANCE: With live music. Fundraiser for Methow At Home, at Twisp Valley Grange. By donation. manager@ methowathome.org. 7-9pm 28 COUNTRY/BLUES/ROCK: Jessica Lynne at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 9963183. Free. 6-9pm 29 EXHIBIT OPENING: Legacies opens with reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp, continuing through April 12. Free. 997-2787. 5-7pm 29 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: With local guides, at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free; trail pass required. www.methowtrails.org. 11 am 29 TRAIL SHUTTLE: Winthrop to Mazama. Free, trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am, Mazama Trailhead 11am, Brown’s Farm Trailhead 11am

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Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 6-8 WINTHROP BALLOON ROUNDUP: Watch hot air balloons go aloft from behind the Winthrop Inn and float down the valley. Free. 996-2125. 7am daily, balloon glow 6pm Saturday 13 ACOUSTIC: Touring artist Pete Henry at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 9963183. Free. 6-9pm 17 SIP & PAINT WATERCOLORS: Learn basic watercolor technique with Amber Wray at Methow Arts in Twisp. $45. www. methowarts.org; 997-4004. 5:30-8pm 20 BLUES: Darnell Scott & Mojo Dave Robinson at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. 996-3183. Free. 6-9pm 20-29 THEATER: Tom Zbyszewski Children’s Theater at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp presents “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” based on the book by Roald Dahl, dramatized by Sally Reid, directed by Jane Orme. $5-$20. 997-7529; mercplayhouse.org. 7pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 2pm Sunday

HUNGRY MOUNTAIN RANCH FOR SALE www.methowranchforsale.com

(509) 923-2564 • jzwar51@gmail.com

This is a quiet, private slice of McFarland Creek. 430+ acres, adjudicated 1st Class Water Rights, pressurized irrigation system. Deep alluvial soils. 2600’ grass airstrip, Turn key Operation with 1.5 miles Creek frontage & ponds. Hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding & snowmobiling out the front door. USFS on three sides. Seller financing. 49


ADVE RTI SE RS ANTIQUES/COLLECTIBLES

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BAKERIES

Cinnamon Twisp Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Rocking Horse Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

BOOKSTORES

Trail’s End Bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

HEALTH/MEDICAL FACILITIES

Three Rivers Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS

Cascade Pipe & Feed Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 North Valley Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

BUILDING SUPPLY

VIP Melbourn Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Palm Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 All Valley Insulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 North Valley Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

CAFES/DINING/ESPRESSO/SPIRITS

Bear Creek Golf Course . . . Blue Star Coffee Roasters . Cinnamon Twisp Bakery . . Freestone Inn . . . . . . . . Hank’s Harvest Foods . . . . Hometown Pizza . . . . . . Jack’s Hut, Freestone Inn . . Kind Grinds Espresso . . . . LaFonda Lopez Restaurant. Lariat Coffee Roasters . . . Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso Loup Loup Ski Bowl . . . . . Mazama Country Inn . . . . Mazama Store . . . . . . . . Rocking Horse Bakery . . . Sixknot Taphouse . . . . . . Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . Trail’s End Bookstore . . . . Twisp Terrace Lodge . . . . Winthrop Store . . . . . . . Woodstone Pizzeria . . . . .

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EMERGENCY SERVICES

Aero Methow Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

ENTERTAINMENT

Abracadoodles: Face Painting/Balloons . . . . . . . 25 Cascadia Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Merc Playhouse Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

EVENT FACILITIES

Pipestone Canyon Ranch . . Spring Creek Ranch . . . . . Twisp Terrace Lodge . . . . Winthrop Barn Auditorium .

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

J. Bart Bradshaw CPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

FUEL

Mazama Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Pardners Mini Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Winthrop Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 50

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Hank’s Harvest Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Mazama Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Pardners Mini Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

INSURANCE

INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

Methownet.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

LOCAL GOODS

Aspen Grove . . . . . . Bluebird Grain Farms . Hotspot Fire Pits . . . Mazama Store . . . . .

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Freestone Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . Mazama Country Inn . . . . . . . . Mazama Ranch House . . . . . . . Methow Reservations. . . . . . . . Methow River Lodge & Cabins . . North Cascades Mountain Hostel . Pine Near RV Park & Campground River Run Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . Rolling Huts . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . Twisp River Suites . . . . . . . . . . Twisp Terrace Lodge . . . . . . . . Virginian Resort . . . . . . . . . . . Winthrop Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winthrop Mtn. View Chalets . . . .

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Methow House Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

RADIO

KTRT 97.5 FM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

REAL ESTATE

Blue Sky Real Estate . . . . . . Coldwell Banker . . . . . . . . . Hungry Mountain Ranch . . . . Pipestone Canyon Real Estate . Windermere Real Estate . . . .

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RECREATION

Bear Creek Golf Course . . . . . . . . Loup Loup Ski Bowl . . . . . . . . . . Methow Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . Methow Valley Snowmobile Assoc. North Cascades Mountain Guides . . Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . Winthrop Rink . . . . . . . . . . . . .

RETAIL

Aspen Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . Cascade Pipe & Feed Supply . . Fresh Greens Cannabis . . . . . . Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop . . . Mazama Store . . . . . . . . . . . Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . Outdoorsman . . . . . . . . . . . Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . Trail’s End Bookstore . . . . . . . Winthrop ACE Hardware . . . . . Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . .

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SKI/SNOWBOARD/SNOWSHOE RENTAL & SALES

Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies Loup Loup Ski Bowl . . . . . . . . Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop . . . Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . Methow Valley Ski School . . . . Outdoorsman . . . . . . . . . . . Sun Mountain Ski . . . . . . . . . Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . .

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SKI LESSONS

Methow Valley Ski School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Sun Mountain Ski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

SNOW REMOVAL

Cascade Concrete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Palm Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

SPA SERVICES/MASSAGE

Mount Gardner Massage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

THEATERS/CINEMA

Barnyard Cinema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Merc Playhouse Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

YOGA

Agni Yoga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48


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