The Town of Winthrop has tentatively accepted the donation of a small, rustic building to be used as a waxing hut at the Town Trailhead.
James DeSalvo, executive director of Methow Trails, told the Town Council at its meeting last week that a Mazama-area homeowner offered to donate the small log-cabin structure, which has windows and a small porch. The building is currently used for ski waxing, DeSalvo said.
“With all the investments we have made at the Mazama and Chickadee trailheads, I would ideally like to see this amenity be offered in Winthrop,” DeSalvo said in a memo to the council. “Nearly every other cross country ski area has a similar type infrastructure offered, so we would like to do the same in Winthrop.”
DeSalvo said Methow Trails will be responsible for moving the hut as well as installation, maintenance and signage, and agreed that Methow Trails will remove structure if necessary. He said that Winthrop Public Works Superintendent Jeff Sarvis indicated the hut can be served with electricity for light and heat.
DeSalvo said that local businesses that provide ski waxing support addition of the hut at the trailhead. He noted that Methow Trails pays for plowing the trailhead parking lot for ski trail and ice rink users.
The council approved placement of the hut pending approval of its appearance by the Westernization Design Review Board.