The 2018 Race of the Methow, a two-day event for skiers of all ages and abilities staged on the McCabe Trails at Liberty Bell High School, will take place Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 10-11).
This year’s race will serve as the final PNSA Junior Nationals Qualifier and as part of the Washington Nordic Cup. The event is organized by the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Team (MVNT).
Saturday’s races will be classic sprints; Sunday will feature a mass start skate.
According to the MVNT website, warmer temperatures this week and not expected to adversely affect snow conditions. Check the site, methowvalleynordic.com, for updates.
Registration is entirely online (except for the U8 lollipop race) at www.skireg.com/race-of-the-methow. Registration closes at midnight on Thursday (Feb. 8). Entry fees range from free for under-age-8 competitors, to $80 depending on age groups and whether the entrant skis one or two days.
All racers older than U8 must be US Ski and Snowboard members to enter the Race of the Methow.
Racing begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
A Methow Trails ski pass is not needed to enter or spectate at this event; however, on non-event days the McCabe Trails are only open to Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation members.
There will be an awards dinner at Liberty Bell High School on Saturday evening. Dinner is included for all racers in ages U10 and older who enter both days of racing and for children under 6. Single-day racers, U8 racers, coaches, and family and friends must purchase dinner separately, for $10 online before registration closes on Feb. 8 or for $12 at the door.