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Old 12-04-17, 06:56 PM
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Half off-topic: Grooming has begun in the Methow.

Cross country skis are "winter bikes." When I re-learned to ski as an adult, the classic stride was explained to me as "a low gear." Double poling and skating are "high gears." Some ski shops I've been to have described different pairs of skis as "like a gravel road bike" or another kind. All this borrowed terminology is because a lot of people are drawn to both, and see a lot of parallels between them. Nordic skiing is an aerobic endurance sport. You get to spend a day outdoors, following some kind of route, traveling on your own power. You even get to coast sometimes.

With all that said, they've started grooming trails (these are for the racing road bikes of the ski world, confined to good pavement/groomed snow) in the Methow Valley. Today it was in the Rendezvous system, tomorrow will be Mazama.

Methow Trails :: Grooming

If you haven't tried XC skiing, you should. It's a beautiful and invigorating way to experience winter.

Think snow.
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Old 12-05-17, 10:25 AM
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Well put SF.

And if you still need your bike fix, try renting a fat bike and riding in the snow. It's a hoot.

Methow Trails :: Fat Bike
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grew up CX skiiing. Wifey, on the other hand grew up downhilling, here's a pic of her passing one of several pre engagement tests (Tug Hill region of upsate NY) (I joke of course, & yes, I had to start downhilling to be fair)

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Well put SF.

And if you still need your bike fix, try renting a fat bike and riding in the snow. It's a hoot.

Methow Trails :: Fat Bike
The Grooming Report lists which of the ski trails bikes are allowed on. You need a trail pass for that. There are also groomed bike trails around Pearygin Lake which are free. It's really hard work! As soon as you leave the trail, the front of the bike sinks deep into the snow. But as long as you stay on the trail, it's fine. As a bonus, the fat bikes can handle snowy, icy roads, too.

Before my first winter there, I saw this photo and got excited. If you google "fat bike Winthrop WA" it's one of the first that come up. Ironically, it's a picture of Rainy Lake where bikes are illegal.

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Closer to home:
Hwy 410 beyond the Crystal Mt closure should be ready for cross country skiing after the next big dump.
Summit at Snoqualmie has yet to open the X-country trails, but pics from their website at Silver Fir shows that there is probably enough snow on their Forest Service trails to slide, especially if you hike to the top of the lift, where the upper trails begin (not sure about access from the Hyak side).


Skiing references to bicycles (or vice-versa) are Bogus and Misleading - if a ski rentals person describes x-country skis in bicycling terms they don't know diddly about skiing. No offense to SF, I get his analogy and fully agree the sports are complimentary in many ways beyond just the seasonal appropriateness.


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Unfortunately, it's been dry in Oregon after a real good series of dumps before Thanksgiving and then some warm rain that melted the base. I skied on 2 1/2 feet of snow on Santiam Pass on 11/18. The base shrank down to 10 inches by the next Saturday. Mt Batchelor has snow, but the lower elevations are thin. I'm heading to Klamath Falls for Christmas. There should be plenty up at Crater Lake and there should be good bicycling in the basin if this weather pattern holds.

Winthrop is a fantastic place to go in the winter time. I went there once and dream of going back. Gotta love the miles of groomed track in the area.

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I skied Amabilis Mountain yesterday, at Cabin Creek. The lower trails aren't useable yet, and you have to go about 750 feet up to find decent snow. It was chunky on the way down, I eventually had to get off and walk back to the car.

Think snow.
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Just got back from 8 days in Winthrop.







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Man, that's such a georgeous spot!
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A friend and I rented fatbikes and explored the bike-specific trails in the Methow last winter, and it was an absolute blast. Strongly recommend, 10 out of 10.
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There's a shuttle from Winthrop to Mazama in January and February, allowing people to ski one-way across the upper Methow Valley. I'm planning to go out and ski the Methow Community Trail. It's 30 km, about 20 miles. I have a hydration belt that might hold enough water to last 10 miles if I start out well hydrated.

Anybody in here done the MCT before? Is there any liquid water to be had along the way?
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You could filter water out of the Methow River.
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21 miles, including a loop under Goat Wall.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2490588169

Took 4 hours.

It was a blast!















Went up the next morning to Loup Loup Pass, saw an eagle family on the way down.





One more from somewhere between the MCT and Sun Mountain.

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