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ime and again, we’ve heard people tell us that their first encounter with the Methow Valley was in the winter, usually for Nordic skiing. For some, winter is the only time they visit. We’re OK with that, because the Methow is an enchanting place during the snowy months, with an ever-widening number of reasons to visit, recreate, relax and socialize. For some, Nordic is still the thing, and why not? 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 get out and get around. 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. The Methow Valley Winter 2018-19 publication is designed to provide easily accessible information about all things Methow, and provide ideas for how to spend your time here. And if haven’t yet, you should try our summers. But that’s another story.

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Open-air ice skating: a Methow tradition

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magine a world-class ice-skating rink with a regulation hockey surface, permanent ice-making system and a variety of programs for all ages and abilities. Now take the roof off, and you have the Winthrop Rink — an open-air facility that allows you to enjoy 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 201617 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

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.

TOURNAMENTS

• Nov. 16 – 18 — 4-team adult 60-andover tournament

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• The rink is purchasing a new iceresurfacing machine. • The popular Apple Puck college hockey game is expanding to a fourteam tournament featuring club teams from the University of Washington, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University, on Feb. 22 – 23. There will be two games Friday evening, two games Saturday morning, and the championship game on Saturday night. • The rink is replacing all its rental skates with brand new skates.

DID YOU KNOW?

• The youth hockey program and adult drop-in hockey sessions have become so popular that both will be expanded this year. • The planned opening date of Nov. 2 would be the earliest the rink has ever opened. • The rink will be hosting more youth and adult hockey tournaments than ever this season. • During the summer, the rink is open for roller skating and pickleball.

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• Nov. 23 – 25 — 4-team youth hockey tournament • Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 — The Great Puckaroo Roundup, 12-team adult hockey tournament • Dec. 7 – 9 — The Great Outdoors Classic, 12-team youth (Bantam, 14 and under) tournament • Dec. 14 – 16 — 6-team youth hockey tournament • Jan. 4 – 6 — TechRec Winter Classic, 4-team adult hockey tournament • Jan. 11 – 13 — The Great Outdoors Classic, 12-team youth (Squirt, 10 and under aged) tournament • Jan. 25 – 27 — The Great Puckaroo Roundup, 12-team adult hockey tournament • Feb. 1 – 3 — 4-team adult women’s hockey tournament • Feb. 8 – 10 — The Great Outdoors Classic, 12-team youth (PeeWee, 12 and under aged) tournament • February 22 – 23 — Apple Puck, collegiate hockey tournament hosted by Winthrop Rink featuring club hockey teams from University of Washington, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University

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oup Loup Ski Bowl is a Methow Valley treasure we happily share with visitors who are looking for a challenging Alpine skiing experience in a beautiful setting with no long lift lines. But there’s more, because the family-friend Loup accommodates a range of interests: snow snowboarding, inner tubing, Nordic skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing and, as of last year, a luge sledding hill. Take advantage of skiing lessons for all ability levels, with certified instructors (check out the special offers). Don’t have your own gear with you? Rent whatever you need. Find nourishnourish ment, beverages and a casual social scene at the day lodge. It’s all only minutes away, on Highway 20 between Twisp and Okanogan The Loup is a uniquely Methow experience — highquality recreation in a low-key atmosphere. Make a day of it — and many more.

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LOUP LOUP SKI BOWL: the basics FIND IT:

Located on Little Buck Mountain between Twisp and Okanogan on Highway 20.

AT A GLANCE:

competition for snowboarders; and a combined, team event that includes downhill skiing, tubing, Nordic skiing and fat bike segments. Also back this season is a randonee race that involves skiing up to the top of a hill, and then back down. New this year are International Women’s Ski Day and the Retro Fools Day Costume Contest. Check the website, skitheloup.com, for details.

CHECK IT OUT: • Downhill skiing • 1,240 vertical feet; 10 cut runs; • Snowboarding highest elevation, 5,280 feet; 23 ki• Inner tubing lometers of groomed Nordic trails; • Nordic skiing 50 kilometers of groomed Nordic • Fat biking trails at nearby South Summit; tub• Snowshoeing ing hill; terrain park; luge course. • Quad chair lift, platter surface tow, rope tow. • Ski school, snowboarding lessons, Nordic lesWHEN TO GO: sons, tubing hill, luge sledding hill equipment • The Loup plans to open by mid-December, or rentals and repairs, day lodge with food and whenever enough snow has fallen for safe skiing. beverage service, first aid room, snowshoeing • Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and fat biking, some designated dog-friendly during January and February, 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. trails. Open every day during Christmas week, except • Season passes and day passes available. Christmas Day. Open all week for President’s holiday and Martin Luther King holiday SPECIAL E V ENTS

The Loup hosts several events each winter, including the Wolf Chase ski races; a slope style

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WHAT’S NE W:

• The Loup’s new general manager is Dave Betts. • The luge is huge! Introduced in the 2017-18 season, the sledding adventure was an instant hit. More sleds will be available this year for the Bear Mountain luge runs. • This season the Loup will operate the day lodge, rather than a concessionaire as in the past. There will be a good selection of “grab-and-go” food and streamlined service. • The Loup is restocking its rental ski inventory with new skis, and is adding new boots, helmets and snowboards. Loup Loup Ski Bowl is located on Highway 20, southeast of Twisp and Winthrop.

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ages 7 and up, trains at the Loup and competes around the region. • Fifth-graders from around the region ski for free during the 2018-19 season. • The annual Taste of Three Valleys dinner and auction in October raises funds to support special programs at the nonprofit ski area.

THE SCHEDULE:

• Dec. 15 – 16: Ticket office opens • Dec. 15: Opening day (depending on conditions) • Dec. 23: Tree-lighting and holiday celebration, 2 p.m. • Dec. 24: Early closure, last chair at 1 p.m. • Dec. 25: Closed • Jan. 1-5: Women’s introductory back country ski clinic, visit ncmountainguides.com for information • Jan. 12: International Women’s Ski Day • Jan. 26: Cascade Endurance randonee race, visit www.cascadeendurance.com for information • Feb. 9 – 10: Wolf Chase Junior Race, visit skitheloup. com/race-teams for information • March 2: Slope Style competition • March 9: Loup Challenge (combined Alpine/Nordic race for teams) • March 16: Retro Fools Day Costume Contest

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Winter offers stargazing at its best By David Ward

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ne of the grandest sights that the human eye can see is a myriad of stars twinkling in a clear winter’s night sky. Get out of town and away from Santa and his reindeer and all the other distracting Christmas lights people put out on their lawns these days. Take plenty of warm clothes and a blanket or lounge chair. Then, and I know this sounds crazy, lie down, yes, lie down in the snow and look up at that great dome of sky above. Many nights at this time of year are cloudy, but when we have a clear, moonless one, it can be spectacular. There are a couple of reasons why winter stargazing is the best. The air is cold, an obvious fact for anyone out in it, and cold air is heavy and still. In summer the atmosphere is being buffeted by heat waves coming off the ground as it is cooling down in the evening. These waves distort our view of the night sky, but without them on a cold clear night, the air is more transparent so we can see more stars. Also in the winter, we are looking out into the universe away from the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and its billions of stars. In the summer a large part of the sky is actually lit up by a faint glow from all those stars which we cannot see individually. At this time of year with its short days and long cold nights, most of that glow is gone and the stars we can see are brighter and clearer.

Looking up into the heavens above, imagine you are peering through the shadow of the earth. We call it night and it extends about one million miles from us into space in the shape of a cone. Think of it as the cone of night and almost everywhere else is blazing sunlight. Of course, being in that shadow allows us to see the stars. How many stars can you see up there? It may look like millions, but if you have excellent eyesight and the night is clear and dark, you will be able to pick out about 5,000 individual stars. The true number is far greater, but our eyes are just not sensitive enough to see them all.

BIG AND BRIGHT

Almost all those stars we can see with the unaided eye are bigger and brighter than our sun, some spectacularly so. Check out Rigel, the bright white star at the foot of Orion. That star shines 60,000 times as bright as our sun. To enjoy the same climate we have here on earth, our little planet, if it got moved to Rigel, would have to be five times farther away than Pluto is from our sun. Across from Rigel at the shoulder of Orion, reddish Betelgeuse is a red super giant star. Swollen up in its old age, it is only a star’s heartbeat away from exploding in a super nova explosion, one of the most violent events in the universe. If it were the size of a giant red beach ball as tall as a 10-story building, the earth would only be as big as the

period at the end of this sentence. Those three stars all in a row in Orion’s belt may not look like much, but they are all whoppers. The middle one, Alnilam, is one of the most luminous stars we can see, a brilliant beacon shining out from the deep abyss of space, possibly almost one million times as brighter as our sun. Just southeast of Orion is Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Do not be fooled by its brilliance, though. It is quite close to us, almost our next-door neighbor, and shines at only 25 times the luminosity of our sun.

AC TIV E IMAGINATIONS

Ancient people had no clue how bright or how far away the stars are or even what they might be, but they projected there over active imaginations on the night sky. For them the heavens were filled with heroes, fearsome beasts and beautiful maidens. The great hunter Orion had many talents including the ability to walk on water and the skill to slay any beast on earth. Romantic pursuits were not his strong suit, however. In one story his girlfriend, a divine goddess, shot and killed him with her bow and arrow. In another the seven gorgeous sisters he pursued for seven years detested him so much, they begged to be placed in the sky as stars, rather than submit to his amorous advances. Look for them in the beautiful little Pleiades star cluster just west of Orion. The Gemini twins were born of the

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Some of the creatures up there include an angry bull with a menacing red eye, a giant lion which fell from the moon as a meteor and a couple of hunting dogs. There is even a sea serpent with multiple heads. Every time you chopped off a head, two more grew back in its place. Only the hero Hercules could dispatch this terrifying beast. If you want to see some fainter objects deep in the vastness of space, try for the Milky Way galaxy, our home in the cosmos, which can be seen in the winter from a dark place like the Methow Valley. While not as bright as

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same mother and conceived on the same night by two different fathers, one a mortal man and one an immortal god. If that is not weird enough, they then hatched out of an egg at birth. In life they were inseparable, accompanying Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece. They also rescued their sister Helen when she was abducted. She later became famous as Helen of Troy, the beautiful woman who provided the excuse for the Trojan War. Because of their unique parentage, one of the twins was mortal and the other immortal. When death threatened to separate them, they decided to somehow share the immortality of the one immortal twin. No one could figure out how this might work, even the gods, so they were placed in the sky where they could be together forever. Look for them in the east during mid-winter.

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the summer version, look for it arching overhead from north to south in midwinter. That faint glow is the combined light of billions of distant stars. Winter is a great time to look right out of our galaxy, thousands of times farther from us than any of the stars we can see up there. Use the “W” of Cassiopeia to point the way to the Andromeda galaxy, our neighbor in the huge cosmos and the most distant object visible to the naked eye. While you are out there, keep an eye open for the fleeting celestial phenomenon like meteors, tiny sand-size particles of debris slamming into our atmosphere at thousands of miles per hour. The International Space Station sometimes passes over us. It will appear as a bright star like object traveling rapidly and evenly from west to east across the sky. Watch it dim and disappear in the east as it moves into the shadow of the earth. If you are lucky you might even spot an Iridium Flare, a ray of sunshine glinting off a satellite orbiting the earth. Enjoy those few spectacular nights under the stars and stay warm out there.

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Available online through Washington State Parks at parks.state.wa.us (under Passes & Permits, and then Permits). 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

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Snowmobiling: the best way to cover lots of ground

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here’s no more efficient and enjoyable way to see lots of Methow backcountry than on a snowmobile, preferably in the company of friends. 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. Snowmobiling is also increasingly 12

popular with skiers and snowshoers as a way to get to further off the beaten track. Backcountry skiers often head up the North Cascades Highway by sled, and then strap on their skis and climbing skins to get up to powder-filled bowls. Snowshoers also use snow machines to increase their options in the high country. You can explore on your own, or get to know local trails and other sled

enthusiasts by joining a weekly ride with the Methow Valley Snowmobile Association. The club’s rides take you to designated backcountry areas to play on the hills and always include a chuck wagon lunch. Club rides are open to everyone, and are a good way for less-experienced riders to team up with others. Riders typically set out in small groups from the Sno-Park. Visit mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com

for 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, generally on Wednesday,


Thursday and Friday, although the schedule can change if conditions warrant. Groomers based in Okanogan groom from the North Summit Sno-Park at the Loup (providing connections to Conconully), and a Chelan club grooms from the Gold Creek Sno-Park, so you can link to trails in the Chelan network. 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.

GET IN VOLV ED

The Methow Valley Snowmobile Association organizes weekly club rides (alternating on Saturday and Sunday), from December through March (see mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com for schedule). Membership: family, $20/ year; individual, $15/year. The association meets the third Tuesday of each month from October to March at the Winthrop Barn. Potluck is at 6 p.m.; meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact methowsnowmobilers@gmail. com.

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Paradise for fat bike fans

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hether you take a mellow pedal along an icy river, or push your way uphill to take in panoramic winter vistas, fat biking opportunities abound in the Methow Valley. It’s “the best part of the state for fat biking,” as the Northwest Fatbike Facebook page says. Renowned for its Nordic skiing trails, the Methow Valley was one of the first ski areas in the nation to embrace fat biking when the sport began taking off. Methow Trails, which operates the cross-country trail system, recognized the growing interest in fat biking several years ago and created dedicated trails for fat bikers. Local fat biking aficionados,

organized as Methow Fatbike, have developed a network of trails in recent years around Pearrygin Lake State Park, and host weekly evening rides that culminate in a bonfire and barbecue. Methow Fatbike also hosts an annual gathering that draws fat bikers from throughout the Northwest. New this winter, Bear Creek Golf Course will offer fat bike rentals and groomed fat bike and snowshoe trails around the golf course. The golf course snack bar will be open for food and beverages, and the clubhouse will have an outdoor fire pit and indoor warming space. “We will be targeting more of the beginner or intermediate rider and

families who have different skill levels who are looking for something for everyone,” said Laurie Hilton, who operates Bear Creek Golf Course. Riders who want more challenging terrain can rent bikes at the golf course and ride trails at nearby Pearrygin Lake, and enjoy a snack or beverage at the golf course before, during or after their ride, she said. 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. With its spectacular scenery, plenty of blue-sky days and terrain for novice to expert, the Methow Valley is an ideal place to ride out winter.

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 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 At Bear Creek Golf Course near Winthrop: • groomed trails and 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 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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bikes tires must be wider than 3.6 inches and have pressure less than 10 psi. No exceptions. • Riders yield to all other users, stay out of the classic ski tracks, and give skate skiers a wide berth. • Stay on your bike. Footprints damage the trail.  Courtesy of Methow Trails

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

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Find a fat bike event in the Methow Valley WEEKLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT “FAT & FIRE”

Join other fat tire enthusiasts for Fat & Fire, a group ride and bonfire every Wednesday night in winter, beginning in 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 for an evening ride. All levels of riders are welcome (snowshoers have been known to show up as well). The ride usually lasts 60-90 minutes. Bring something to throw on the propane grill for dinner and warm yourself around the bonfire. Fat & Fire is free but a parking pass is required.

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Begin the new year with a ride over snow and through the shrub steppe on the Rex Derr Trail, with views

overlooking Pearrygin Lake. Drop down to tour the park, looking and listening for evidence of winter wildlife. Snowshoers are welcome to join. The bike ride begins at 10:30 a.m. for a 2- to 4-mile outing. Snowshoe hike begins at 10 a.m. Meet at the Park Shop located near the East Campground Welcome Center.

ANNUAL NORTHWEST FAT BIKE MEETUP, JAN. 19–21 ( MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY WEEKEND) Fat bikers from all over the Northwest and beyond convene in the valley for group rides, night rides, fun and friends. Information is available on the Northwest Fatbike Facebook page, on Methow Fatbike Facebook or Methow Cycle & Sports website (methowcyclesport.com) events listings.

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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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Come together and celebrate skiing with your friends on a tour of the best trails of the Methow Valley! Choose your distance: 20K, 30K, 50K or 80K. Yummy snacks and lunch provided at the Mazama Community Center; buses travel from Mazama and Winthrop to the Cub Creek Trailhead, and from Winthrop to the Mazama Trailhead for those wishing to drop a car and ski point to point. Register online to ensure yourself a seat on the shuttle bus.

A human-canine 6 legged event for people that like to laugh and dogs that like to wag! Prizes for best costumes, small dog and large dog categories. Heats start at the Town Trailhead at 10:00am. Registration 9:00-9:45am. A benefit event for the dog trails.

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SnowShoe Trails

Enjoy a peaceful walk in the woods. Snowshoe trails on this map are well-marked and highlight the popular routes for snowshoeing. Looking to meet other snowshoers? Join us on select Saturdays in the winter for free snowshoe nature tours.

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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 42-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 them 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 Winthrop Trailhead will feature a new self-service waxing hut this season. SUN MOUNTAIN. The Sun Mountain trails offer varied terrain, with everything from sustained hill climbs to some relatively flat loops. A warming hut at the Chickadee Trailhead makes starting in this area quite comfortable 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 skiing options. Adaptive Nordic skiing on a sit ski allows those with long-term physical disabilities as well as those recovering from knee or hip replacements to enjoy the magic of Nordic skiing. Courtesy of the Methow Valley Fund, Methow Trails

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18–21 and article, pages 26 – 27) • Free trails. Methow Trails offers two locations where trail passes are not required: Big Valley and the loop right at the Winthrop Trailhead. Please bear in mind that trail pass sales, however, pay for trail grooming. Pisten Bullys aren’t cheap and

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events this winter, ranging from races as competitive as the new Ski to the Sun Marathon & Relay to those as wild and wacky as the Doggy Dash, where 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/.

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on conditions in the spring, they often groom through April 1. Nordic trails in the Loup Loup area are typically groomed on Thursdays and Fridays. Some of the best skiing conditions can be found after President’s Day weekend, which is when many visitors stop traveling to the valley. Sunny skies, comfortable temperatures, fast conditions. Methow Trails routes are open from dawn ’til dusk and no one will frown upon an occasional night ski as long as you stay out of the way of the groomers.

INSIDER INFO

• Canadian visitors to the Methow Trails system ski at par (Canadian dollars are on par with U.S. dollars). • On Saturdays from Dec. 29 through Feb. 23, 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 Europeanstyle front-country skiing experience, accessed from the Cub Creek, Gunn

Ranch and Mazama trailheads. Ski all day, cozy up to the wood stove with a book for the evening. 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 will notice the difference made by the new Methow Trails 250XP Brush Bandit Chipper, which is a gamechanger in reducing the amount of snow–intercepting vegetation along the trail. A new “groomer special” snowmobile and tracked ATV will help Methow Trails groom early and late season snow and fatbike trails. • The popular Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge in Mazama was rebuilt with 70 new wood support links this past fall. These were the last remaining pieces of wood from the original 1993 construction. • The Methow Valley fielded two members of the U.S. Ski Team in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Enjoy winter at your own pace

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oving through the Methow winter landscape should be as enjoyable as it is physically invigorating. Traversing our terrain on snowshoes offers both — and it’s affordable as well as adaptable to your abilities. If you haven’t discovered snowshoeing, consider these reasons for strapping in and heading out: • It’s fun. Snowshoeing opens up a winter world that offers quiet solitude or a social outing. • It’s easy to learn. People say if you

can walk, you can snowshoe. Unlike skiing, the learning curve is low. Your technique will improve with experience, so strap on the shoes and start exploring. • It’s family-friendly. Since it’s an easyto-learn sport and can be as relaxed or strenuous as you want to make it, snowshoeing is a great activity for families. • It’s inexpensive. Required gear is snowshoes that you rent or buy, perhaps some poles, and of course warm clothes. If you decide to explore the miles of snowshoe trails maintained by Methow Trails, you’ll need a trail pass that costs

$5/day. If you want to explore off-trail, it’s free. • It’s good for you. Snowshoeing provides a low-impact, aerobic exercise that helps you stay in shape during the winter. And, it poses little risk of injury. • It’s versatile. You can go easy or go hard, flat or steep. And it allows you to travel in terrain and in conditions that don’t work for skiing or walking. The Methow 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 • 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 multiuse: snowshoe, ski, walk, dogs)

RENDEZVOUS TRAIL SYSTEM

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

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SNOWSHOEING: the basics TAKE A TOUR

Methow Trails once again presents “Nature of Winter Tours,” featuring naturalists and local volunteers leading tours along groomed trails. Topics include winter ecology, wildlife and tracks, the science of snow and more. Tours are sponsored by Methow Trails, the U.S. Forest Service and Atlas Snowshoes. The tours are free, but a Methow Trails ski trail pass or a Methow Trails snowshoe trail pass is required. A snowshoe pass costs $5. When: Saturdays, Dec. 29 – Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. Tours last 90 – 120 minutes, depending on conditions. Where: Tours meet at the Sun Mountain Lodge Ski Shop and Jack’s Hut at the Freestone Inn.

RENTAL S, GE AR, AND MORE

• Cascades Outdoor Store, Winthrop • Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Mazama

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Auditorium The Barn, perfect for gatherings big or small

• Methow Valley Ski School & Rentals, Mazama • Methow Cycle & Sport, Winthrop • Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop • Winthrop Mountain Sports, Winthrop • The Outdoorsman, 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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Ice fishing is really cool

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f you’re hungry for fresh fish in the winter, you’re in good company — dedicated ice fishers say fish are also hungrier in the cold weather. That turns a little time on the ice into a satisfying meal. 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 high-end 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.

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 • 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

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a fish) • An underwater camera or sonar (to help find fish)

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

SPECIAL E V ENTS

Annual Ice Fishing Tournament and Festival on Sidley Lake in Molson (northern Okanogan County) on Saturday, Jan. 19. 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., where there will be an all-you-can-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.

ICE SAFET Y

Make sure the ice is thick enough to 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 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.

MORE INFO

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Whatever you need, we’ve got it W inter sports require specialized equipment. 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.

MAZAMA GOAT’S BEARD MOUNTAIN SUPPLIES. www.goatsbeardmountainsupplies. com, (509) 996-2515 OPEN 9 A .m.-5 p.m. daily

Located across the courtyard from the Mazama Store. Specializes in ski gear for folks who want to get off the trails and into the backcountry. Goat’s Beard rents both alpine touring ski gear — designed for steeper terrain — and metal-edged backcountry touring ski gear — better for traveling over rolling terrain. The store also

rents avalanche airbag packs, for safety while skiing the backcountry. The shop also rents burley ski pulks, snowshoes, and split snowboards, for climbing up and shredding back down the mountain. JACK’S HUT. www.freestoneinn.com/ jack-s-hut, (509) 996-3906 ext. 356 Located at the Freestone Inn on Highway 20 west of Mazama. Jack’s Hut sells outdoor clothing and gear as well as trail passes, rents some equipment, arranges outings and also serves food and beverages.

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. SUN MOUNTAIN LODGE ACTIVITY SHOP. www.sunmountainlodge.com, (509) 996-4735 Besides having the Methow Valley Ski School and its rental operations based out of the activity shop, Sun Mountain Lodge also offers horsedrawn sleigh rides, with or without a dinner package. Sleigh rides may be reserved by calling the activity shop. Guided steelhead fishing trips on the Methow River may be booked at the activity shop from October – March. Fly rods may be rented by the day. METHOW VALLEY SKI SCHOOL. www. methownet.com/skischool Open 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. every day Rents equipment and gives Nordic ski lessons out of three locations: The Sun Mountain Lodge activity shop, (509) 996-4735; Mazama Junction, (509) 996-3744; and Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop, (509) 996-3645. Gear may be rented at any of the

three locations and returned to another. For parents who want to go farther than their little ones can ski, Methow Valley Ski School also rents pulks, an enclosed sled on skis that tows a child behind an adult skier; as well as snowshoes. Individual or group Nordic ski lessons with a certified instructor may be arranged at all three locations. CASCADES OUTDOOR STORE. www. cascadesoutdoorstore.com, (509) 996-3480 Open 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days Rents skate and waxless classic ski packages for adults and kids. For those interested in comparing several brands of skis, the demo fee is the same as the daily rental fee, and is waived if skis are purchased. WINTHROP MOUNTAIN SPORTS. www. winthropmountainsports.com, (509) 996-2886 Open 9:30 a.m.– 6 p.m. Mon.– Fri., and

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9 a.m.– 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Offers full- or half-day rentals of classic, skate, touring, and alpine touring ski packages for adults as well as classic and skate ski pack. Racing ski packages are available by reservation. Also rents snowshoes for kids and adults, poles included, as well as Kindershuttle and Chariot pulks — snow sleds for pulling young children behind an adult skier. METHOW CYCLE & SPORT. methowcyclesport.com, (509) 996-3645 Open 9:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. daily Rents fat bikes in every size made, for adults and kids. Bikes can be rented for four hours to four days. Helmets and hand protection for riding on cold days are also provided. As the store is an outlet for the Methow Valley Ski School, classic and skate ski gear for adults and kids is available, as well as snowshoes and pulks. Nordic ski lessons may also be booked at the bike shop. WINTHROP 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. NORDIC ULTRA-TUNE. www. nordicultratune.com, 996-4145 Open 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday Precision stone grinding or waxing for your skis. 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. Two-hour, four-hour and full-day guided snowmobile tours are also available.

TWISP LOUP LOUP RENTAL EQUIPMENT SHOP. www.skitheloup.com, (509) 557-3406 Open 8:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. every day the ski area is open

Located near the day lodge at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. The shop rents full- or half-day alpine ski and snowboard packages, helmets, rentals and Nordic ski gear. Loup Loup Ski Bowl also rents inner tubes for use on its tubing hill near the lodge. Private or group downhill ski and snowboard lessons with certified instructors are available for adults and kids by the hour. “First-timer” specials include lift ticket, rental equipment and a one-hour lesson. New as of last year is 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) 8465076; call for hours Located at 427 Highway 20 South in Twisp, next to Hank’s Harvest Foods.

The shop offers full- or half-day alpine ski and snowboard packages — both of which include helmets — for kids and adults. Snowshoe rentals are also available. Classic Mountain Cabby runs a shuttle service to Loup Loup Ski Bowl, 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. Office hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

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997-2100 202 Methow Valley Hwy., Twisp

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997-0247 102 Highway 20, Twisp mazamacountryinn.com

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

996-3183 155 Riverside Ave., Winthrop oldschoolhousebrewery.com

997-0902 502 S. Glover #10, Twisp rockinghorsebakery.com

996-4241 265 Riverside Ave., Winthrop

Delicious, artfully prepared espresso drinks, freshly brewed drip coffee, and hand-brewed coffee by the cup. Our knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions about coffee preparation and our full line of brewing equipment and accessories. We carry travel mugs and fabulous BLUE STAR COFFEE gear, and feature fresh, locally baked pastries. Find us on FB & Instagram. 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. HANK’S DELI 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!

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L AFONDA 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. The M AZAMA COUNTRY INN serves delicious Northwest-style food. Open to the public for breakfast and dinner beginning Dec. 21. 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 our website for more information. OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY is proud to be called the living room of the Methow Valley. Our goal is to provide a fun, community gathering space with our amazing, award-winning brews and the freshest, most delicious, local ingredients we can find. Come grab a pint and enjoy our finest! We have a comfortable, art-focused apres-ski and hangout spot waiting for you in our OLD SCHOOLHOUSE TAPROOM at TwispWorks, where we love hosting music and local events. We have a selection of our tasty brews, wine, cider, kombucha and sparkling water, as well as snacks to keep you going. ROCKING HORSE 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!

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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

Coffee, Snack bar

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

Burgers

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

Coffee house

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

Small plates

Late

C ARLOS1800 | 149 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2245 | facebook.com/CARLOS1800

Mexican

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CINNAMON T WISP BAKERY | 116 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-5030 | facebook.com/CinnamonTwispBakery

Bakery, Deli

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

Small plates

D, Late

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

Multi-cuisine

B, L, D

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

Pizza

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EL SABOR NORTEÑO | 108 N. Glover St., Twisp | 997-0760 | facebook.com/elsabornorteno.twisp

Mexican

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

Mexican, American

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

Beer/Wine/Cocktails

Take-out available

Wheelchair accessible

Meals served

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

Deli

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

Deli

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HOMETOWN PIZZA | 202 Methow Valley Highway, Twisp | 997-2100 | Hometownpizza.com

Pizza, Deli

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JACK’S HUT | Freestone Inn, 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama | 996-3212 | freestoneinn.com

Pizza

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

Coffee, Deli

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L AFONDA LOPEZ | 102 Highway 20, Twisp | 997-0247 | lafondalopez.com

Multi-cuisine

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

American

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

Bakery, Deli

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METHOW VALLEY CIDERHOUSE | 28 Highway 20, Winthrop | 341-4354 | methowvalleyciderhouse.com

American

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

Deli

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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

OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY TAPROOM | TwispWorks, Twisp | 997-0902 | oldschoolhousebrewery.com

Snacks + drinks

Late

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

Bakery, Bistro

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

Deli

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RIVERSIDE G RILL | 162 Riverside Ave., Winthrop | 996-2444 | riverside-grill.business.site/

American, Asian

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

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Discover the rest of the Methow V Valley ... WE’RE ARTFUL

Find world-class art at Con Confluence Gallery & Art Center on Glover Street in Twisp, and at the Winthrop Gallery on Riverside Av Avenue. Both feature works by Methow Valley artists, and lots of gift-giving possibilities. Also, check out the artists and craftspeople on the TwispWorks campus, where studios are open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Some valley shops also display local art, notably Rocking Horse Bakery in Winthrop and Cinnamon Twisp Bakery in Twisp. Look for unique items at other boutiques and stores in Twisp and Winthrop.

COZ Y UP

Love the idea of a big stone fireplace to gather around with a glass of wine and/or a nosh? Try the Freestone Inn and Sun Mountain Lodge lobbies, or check out the dining room at the Mazama Country Inn. Your hosts at any of these places can tell you about activities on-site or nearby.

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BELL S ON BOBTAIL

Admit it—you’ve always wanted to go dashing through the snow in a onehorse open sleigh. At Sun Mountain Lodge, you’ll get your chance (albeit with more 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

BODY WORK

Get a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or other personal pampering. Try the Nectar Skin Bar and Boutique in Winthrop, or head on up to Sun Mountain Lodge for special treament in the spa. Looking for indoor exercise? Get a day pass at Winthrop Physical Therapy & Fitness and take advantage of a wide

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Need something to read at the end of the day? Browse for leisure-time reading material, or sit for a while with

an espresso, at Winthrop’s impressively stocked Trail’s End Bookstore on Riverside Avenue. Check out the children’s section at the back of the store, with big picture windows overlooking the river. Our two libraries, in Winthrop and Twisp, welcome visitors to browse the stacks and/or attend story times and other events: www.ncrl.org/locations.


range of modern workout equipment in a pleasant environment, or take one of their regular fitness classes. This is a good place to meet local folks.

musical events. Check the weekly “What’s Happening” page in the Methow Valley News for the most current information.

STAR STRUCK

TIE THE KNOT

Winter brings magnificent stargazing, and 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 10, and read his Naked Eye column in the Methow Valley News for current happenings in galaxies near and far, far away.

WE’RE ENTERTAINING

Check out what’s going on at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Live music is on tap at many local bars and eateries — often with no cover charge — including Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Sixknot Taphouse, Twisp River Suites, the Branding Iron, Mick & Miki’s Red Cedar Bar, Copper Glance and The Barnyard Cinema. The Methow Valley Community Center, Winthrop Barn, Sun Mountain Lodge, Freestone Inn and Mazama Country Inn also host

Get married. Well OK, this is not going to be a spur-of-the-moment time-killer when you’re visiting the valley, 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 for copies around town for find the digital version on our website, www.methowvalleynews.com.

TALK IT OV ER

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 and Lariat Coffee Roasters in Winthrop.

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.

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In a place with numerous magical experiences, floating above the valley in a hot air balloon ranks high on the list. You launch from Winthrop just after sunrise with the folks at Morning Glory Balloon Tours, 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

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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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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. Check out the “What’s Happening” page in the weekly Methow Valley News, or visit www.

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methowconservancy.org/events, www. winthroplibraryfriends.org/events, and methowcommunity.org/calendar.

HIT THE FLICK S

Once you see a film at The Barnyard Cinema, you’ll realize what the moviewatching experience was really meant to be. At The Barnyard Cinema, an eclectic roster of films ranging from wide-release to independent to arty rotates through the theater’s deluxe viewing room, complete with oversize recliners and a state-of-the-art sound system. Local beer, wine, coffee,

quintessential movie-house candy and the best popcorn in the valley complete the package; this is the real deal. Contact: The Barnyard Cinema, www.thebarnyardcinema.com, (509) 996-3222, info@thebarnyardcinema. com

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

Incredibly, you can rent the Methow Valley Community Center’s gym and closet full of roller skates for $50-$75 for three hours. Bring some tunes, some snacks, and a makeshift limbo pole and you’re set for a rocking and

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rolling good time. Rent the adjacent kitchen for an additional $35-$50 and you could add a meal to your skate party. methowcommunity.org/ gym-rental

JOIN THE COMMUNIT Y

The best way to feel like a local is to get involved — 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 www.methowarts.org/ category/classes. Plug in and meet this community’s movers and shakers by volunteering at an event: www. volunteermethow.org.

SUPPORT RE AL NE WS

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) 9977011, email frontdesk@methowvalleynews.com, visit our website, www. methowvalleynews.com, or find us on Facebook for daily news and updates.

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

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CLASSIC TOWING , T WISP: 997-2333 WINTHROP MOTORS: 996-2277

NEED TO CHARGE YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE? 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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RECREATION INFORMATION

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

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 DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE: (360) 902-2200; www.wdfw. wa.gov

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

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

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

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LIBRARIES

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

HEALTH CARE

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.

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, PHOTO BY DONNI REDDINGTON T WISP: 997-2191

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CA LE N DA R NOVEMBER

9 POETRY SLAM: Friends of the

Winthrop Library host a poetry slam at Sixknot Taphouse, Winthrop. Free. www.winthroplibraryfriends.org. Signups 6:30pm, poetry 7pm 10 BOOK AND BAKE SALE:hosted by Friends of the Winthrop Library in conjunction with the Ski Swap at the Winthrop Barn. fowl98862@gmail. com. 10am-1pm 10 MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Presents “The Secret Garden” at MV Elementary School.$5-$8. info@ methowartsalliance.org. 2pm and 7pm 14 GALLERY GIFT SHOW: Holiday gift show at Winthrop Gallery, through Jan. 2. 996-3925 15 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 997-0902. 7pm 16–18 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Adult 60-and-over tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199. 17 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: MV Community Center in Twisp features more than 65 local arts, crafts and food vendors. Free. 997-2926. 9am-3pm 17 EXHIBIT OPENING: “Cabin Couture,” featuring objects and furnishings inspired y the peacefulness of winter, opens with a reception at Confluence Gallery, Twisp, continuing through Jan. 5, 2019. Free. 997-2787. 5-8pm 17 SECOND CITY: Renowned Chicagobased comedy ensemble performs at Winthrop Barn. $35-$45. www. methowarts.org; 997-4004. 7 pm 22 THANKSGIVING DINNER: At Freestone Inn, Mazama. $15-$39; reservations required. 996-3906. 1pm, 3pm, 5pm servings 22 THANKSGIVING ON THE MOUNTAIN: At Sun Mountain Lodge. $16-$45; reservations required. 996-2211. 2pm and 8pm seatings 23–24 CHRISTMAS AT THE END OF THE ROAD: Events Friday and Saturday include balloon glow, storytelling, 5K road run, 1K kids’ run, Santa’s arrival, wagon rides, town lighting ceremony and terrific fireworks show. Free. winthropwashington.com for full schedule; info@winthropwashington.com 23–25 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Youth tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@winthroprink.org; winthroprink. org; 996-4199. 40

24 ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: For holiday gift show at Winthrop Gallery. Free. 996-3925. 5-7pm 24 MUSIC: Jim Basnight will include music from two new albums in an appearance at the Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop. Free. 341-4354. 6pm 30–DEC.2 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Puckaroo Roundup adult tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@ winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199.

DECEMBER

1 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: MV Communi-

ty Center in Twisp features more than 65 local arts, crafts and food vendors. Free. 997-2926. 9am-3pm 1 MUSIC: TR Stewart at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free. 996-2211. 7:30-9pm 4 CONSERVANCY HOLIDAY SOCIAL: Includes a “First Tuesday” presentation by Julianne Ubigau of the Conservation Canines Program, at Winthrop Barn. Free. www.methowconservancy.org. 6pm 6 MISTLETOE MADNESS: Celebrate in Twisp, with shopping on Glover Street, Highway 20, TwispWorks and Hank’s Harvest Foods. Carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, visit with Santa. Free. twispwashington@gmail.com; www. twispinfo.com. 4-7pm 6 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Get outdoor gear fixed for free at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. 997-2010. 4-7pm 6 GEAR UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Visit TwispWorks partners and shop for local, unique holiday gifts and Methow Made products; plus music, Santa’s workshop and food. Free.997-3300. 4-7pm 6 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996-3183. 7pm 7–9 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Outdoors Classic youth tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199. 7–16 HOLIDAY THEATER: “A Seussified Christmas Carol” at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$18. mercplayhouse. org; 997-7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm; Sunday 2pm 7 COMMUNITY LIBRARIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: A discussion of the role of libraries in building community, at Trail’s End Bookstore, Winthrop. Free. 996-2335. 6pm

11-12 CASCADIA HOLIDAY CONCERT:

Cascadia Chorale and Pipestone Orchestra at Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. By donation. 997-0222; cascadiamv@gmail.com. 7pm 13 MEET THE AUTHOR: Meet author Jack Nisbet and learn about his book, “The Dreamer & the Doctor,” at Twisp library. Free. 997-4681. 6pm 14–16 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Youth tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@winthroprink.org; winthroprink. org; 996-4199. 18 DECORATE COOKIES: With MV Nordic Team members at Sun Mountain Lodge. Free. 996-6000. 20–23 SKI CAMP: For adults of all abilities, at Sun Mountain Lodge. $425 includes trail passes. methowvalleynordic.com/event/methow-valley-skicamp; methowskicamp.org 20 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 997-0902. 7pm 21 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: At Freestone Inn, Mazama. Free. 996-3906. 4-6pm 22 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: At Freestone Inn, Mazama. $12-$18; reservations required. 996-3906. 9am, 11am seatings 23 TREE LIGHTING: Holiday celebration at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. Free. 5573401; skitheloup.com. 2pm 25 FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER: The MV Snowmobile Association hosts a Christmas dinner at the Winthrop Barn. Free. mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com; mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com/. Noon-3pm 25 CHRISTMAS DINNER: Christmas dinner buffet at Freestone Inn, Mazama. $15-$49, reservations required. 996-3906. 4pm, 6pm seatings 27–28 KIDS’ HOLIDAY SKI CAMP: MV Nordic Team camp for ages 6-13. at Mazama Community Club. $60 for members; $150 for non-members. 996-6000; methowvalleynordic.com 29 SKI RODEO: Ski competitively or just for fun at Liberty Bell High School trails; 1K, 5K and 10K races for all ages. Costs vary. methowvalleynordic.com 29 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; pass required. www.methowtrails.org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am 29 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am 30 TRY BIATHLON: Try biathlon — combining target shooting and Nordic skiing — at Mazama Biathlon Range; ages 9 and older. $25. methowvalleynordic.com. 10am-noon

31 NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Ring in the new year at Freestone Inn, Mazama. Details to be announced. 996-3906 31 VINTAGE SKI FESTIVAL: Show off vintage Nordic ski wear and equipment, compete for prizes, at Mazama Store. Free. methowvalleynordic.com. Noon

JANUARY

3 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Outdoor

gear fixed for free at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. 997-2010. 4-7pm 4–6 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: TechRech Winter Classic adult tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@ winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199. 4–6 WINTER TRAILS DAYS: Seattle Mountaineers and Methow partners present a weekend of Nordic and snowshoe tours, fat bike demos, ski lessons, rental deals and horse-drawn sleigh rides, at various locations. Costs vary. mountaineers.org/methow-winter-2019; www.methowtrails.org 4 HISTORY OF BOOKS: With Greg Thompson, University of Utah, at Trail’s End Bookstore, Winthrop. Free. www.winthroplibraryfriends.org; 9962345. 6pm 4 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996-3183. 7pm 5 SKI CLINIC FOR WOMEN: Intro to backcountry skiing clinic at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. $225. ncmountainguides.com 5 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; trail pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am 5 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am 11–13 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Outdoors Classic youth tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199. 12 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SKI DAY: Events all day at Loup Loup Ski Bowl., with Pacific Northwest Outdoor Women. $35. 557-3401; skitheloup. com. 8:30am 12 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am


12 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am 17 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 997-0902. 7pm 19 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; pass required. www.methowtrails.org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am 19 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am 25–27 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Puckaroo Roundup adult tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199. 26 SKI TO THE SUN MARATHON AND RELAY: Marathon Nordic skiing course from Mazama to Sun Mountain for individuals or teams, all ages welcome. $50-$75. www.methowtrails.org 26 RANDONEE: Cascade Endurance’s annual race at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. $50-$65. www.cascadeendurance.com 26 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; pass required. www.methowtrails.org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am 26 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am

FEBRUARY

1-3 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Adult women’s tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199.

1 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Brew-

ery, Winthrop. Free. 996-3183. 7pm 2–3 RACE OF THE METHOW: Nordic skate sprint and classic distance races, at Liberty Bell High School trails. $10$50. www.methowvalleynordic.com 2 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; pass required. www.methowtrails.org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am 2 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am 3 SKI FOR WOMEN: Sixth annual Ski for Women fundraiser for Room One, at Mazama Community Club, including prizes for costumes. By donation. roomone.org. 10am 7 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Outdoor gear fixed for free at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. 997-2010. 4-7pm 8–9 READERS’ THEATER: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. Adults $10; 18 and under free. mercplayhouse. org; 997-7529. 7pm 8–10 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Great Outdoors Classic youth tournament at Winthrop Rink. Free. Info@winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199. 9–10 WOLF CHASE: Wolf Chase Junior Race at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. skitheloup.com/race-teams 9 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; pass required. www.methowtrails.org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am 9 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am

10–14 SKI FOR LIGHT: Volunteer program to assist vision-impaired and mobility-impaired Nordic skiers, at Mazama. Email nanomckinney@gmail. com to get involved 10 HANZ’S BIG ADVENTURE: Guessyour-time Nordic skiing event at Liberty Bell High School trails, open to all ages. Free. 996-6000; www. methowvalleynordic.com. 16–17 SNOWSHOE SOFTBALL: Co-ed softball tournament at the Winthrop ball field. Free. Free. info@winthropwashington.com 16 LEE ADAMS TOUR OF THE METHOW: Tour best Nordic ski trails in the valley, at distances of 20K, 30K, 50K or 80K, shuttles available to various points. Free for MV Nordic members; $10 for non-members; trail pass required. methowtrails.org; methowvalleynordic.com 16 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; pass required. www.methowtrails.org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am 16 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am 17 DOGGIE DASH: Race with your canine friend, includes prizes for best costumes; at Winthrop Town Trailhead. By donation. methowtrails.org. 9am register, 10am races 17 SNOWMOBILERS BUCKET RUN: Join the Methow Valley Snowmobile Association members for their annual Bucket Run, starting at Goat Creek Sno-Park. Free. mvsnowmobile. blogspot.com; methowsnowmobilers@gmail.com. 10am 17 TRY BIATHLON: Combining target shooting and Nordic skiing at Mazama Biathlon Range; ages 9 and older. $25. methowvalleynordic.com. 10am

18–19 KIDS’ HOLIDAY SKI CAMP: Ages 6-13, at Liberty Bell High School trails. $60 for MV Nordic Team members,; $150 for non-members. 1-4pm 21 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 997-0902. 7pm 22–23 APPLE PUCK HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Club college tournament with teams from UW, WSU, EWU and WWU at Winthrop Rink. Info@ winthroprink.org; winthroprink.org; 996-4199. 23 TRAIL SHUTTLE SERVICE: Between Winthrop and Mazama. By donation; pass required. www.methowtrails. org. Winthrop Town Trailhead 10am; Brown’s Farm Trailhead 10:15am; Mazama Trailhead 11am; Browns Farm Trailhead 11:15am 23 GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOURS: Learn about winter ecology, wildlife, tracks, snow conditions, more; at Sun Mountain Lodge and Jack’s Hut at Freestone Inn. Free; ski trail or snowshoe pass needed. www.methowtrails.org. 11am

MARCH

1–3 HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL:

Hot air balloons go aloft behind the Winthrop Inn. Free. morningglory@ balloonwinthrop.com. 7am daily 1 MUSIC: Seamus Egan Project at Winthrop Barn. $5-$25. www.methowarts. org. 7pm 1 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop. Free. 996-3183. 7pm 2 SLOPE STYLE COMPETITION: Slope style competition at Loup Loup Ski Bowll. $15-$25. skitheloup.com. 9am 7 FIX YOUR GEAR NIGHT: Outdoor gear fixed for free at eqpd on the TwispWorks campus. 997-2010. 4-7pm 9 CHALLENGE RACE: Loup Challenge (includes Nordic and alpine, 3-person teams), at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. $45$60. skitheloup.com. 10:30am 15–24 CHILDREN’S THEATER: “Charlotte’s Web” at The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $5-$18. mercplayhouse.org; 997-7529. Thursday-Saturday 7pm; Sunday 2pm 16 RETRO FOOLS COSTUME CONTEST: Show off your best retro clothing and gear at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. Free. skitheloup.com. Noon 21 OPEN MIC: At Old Schoolhouse Taproom, TwispWorks. Free. 997-0902. 7pm 23 MUSIC: The Hunts, an indiealternative-folk band made up of seven brothers and sisters, perform at the Winthrop Barn. $7-$19. www. methowarts.org. 7pm 41


ADVE RTI SE RS ACCOUNTING SERVICES

GALLERIES/ARTS EVENTS

J. Bart Bradshaw, CPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

BAKERIES

REAL ESTATE

Confluence Gallery & Art Center . . . . . . . 41

GROCERIES

Cinnamon Twisp Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Rocking Horse Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS

Hank’s Harvest Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Mazama Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

HEALTH/MEDICAL

Palm Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

BUILDING SUPPLY

Three Rivers Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

HOME HEATING

All Valley Insulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Cascade Pipe & Feed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 North Valley Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Cascade Pipe & Feed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 North Valley Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

CAFE/DINING/ESPRESSO/SPIRITS

VIP Melbourn Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Methow Valley Winter Dining Guide . . . . . 32 Blue Star Coffee Roasters . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Cinnamon Twisp Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Freestone Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Freestone Inn, Jack’s Hut . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Hank’s Harvest Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Hometown Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 LaFonda Lopez Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . 26 Lariat Coffee Roasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Loup Loup Ski Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Mazama Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Mazama Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Methow Valley Ciderhouse . . . . . . . . . . 13 Old Schoolhouse Brewery/Taproom . . . . . 27 Rocking Horse Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Sixknot Taphouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Woodstone Pizzeria at Rolling Huts . . . . . 31 King’s Pacific Pride & Car Wash . . . . . . . . 25

EMERGENCY SERVICES Three Rivers Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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INTERNET SERVICE Methownet.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

LODGING Central Reservations . . . . . . . . . Chewack River Guest Ranch . . . . Freestone Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mazama Country Inn . . . . . . . . . Mazama Ranch House . . . . . . . . Methow River Lodge & Cabins . . . River Run Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rolling Huts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . Twisp River Suites . . . . . . . . . . . Virginian Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . Winthrop Mountain View Chalets .

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MASSAGE/SPA SERVICES

CAR WASH/AUTOMOTIVE

Cascadia . . . . . . . . . . . . Merc Playhouse . . . . . . . Methow Valley Ciderhouse Sixknot Taphouse . . . . . .

INSURANCE SERVICES

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EVENT FACILITIES Pipestone Canyon Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Winthrop Barn Auditorium . . . . . . . . . . 27

Nectar Skin Bar & Boutique . . . . . . . . . . 15 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

ORGANIZATIONS City of Pateros . . . . . . . . . . . . . Methow Conservancy . . . . . . . . Methow Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . Methow Valley Snowmobile Assoc Winthrop Barn Auditorium . . . . . Winthrop Chamber of Commerce .

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE/SECURITY Methow Housewatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

RADIO KTRT — 97.5 FM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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Blue Sky Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty . . . . . . . 2

RECREATION Bear Creek Golf Course/Fat Bike Park . Chewack River Guest Ranch . . . . . . City of Pateros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loup Loup Ski Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . Methow Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Methow Valley Ski School . . . . . . . . Methow Valley Snowmobile Assoc . . North Cascades Mountain Guides . . . Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . Sun Mountain Ski . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winthrop Rink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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RENTALS & SALES Bear Creek Golf Course/Fat Bike Park . Chewack River Guest Ranch . . . . . . Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies . . . . Loup Loup Ski Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop . . . . . . . Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . . . . Methow Valley Ski School . . . . . . . . Outdoorsman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . Sun Mountain Ski . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . . . . . Winthrop Rink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

RETAIL Aspen Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Star Coffee Roasters . . . . . Confluence Gallery & Art Center . Fresh Greens . . . . . . . . . . . . . Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies . Lariat Coffee Roasters . . . . . . . Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop . . . . Mazama Store . . . . . . . . . . . . Methow Cycle & Sport . . . . . . . Nectar Skin Bar & Boutique . . . . Outdoorsman . . . . . . . . . . . . PIC Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robins Egg Bleu . . . . . . . . . . . Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . Wine Shed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winthrop Mountain Sports . . . .

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SNOW REMOVAL Palm Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Cascade Concrete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13


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2018/2019 Methow Valley Winter Guide  

Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor entertainment, the Methow Valley Winter Guide will help you have the time of your life this winter. Pri...

2018/2019 Methow Valley Winter Guide  

Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor entertainment, the Methow Valley Winter Guide will help you have the time of your life this winter. Pri...