Here’s a roundup winter recreation conditions, as of Monday (Jan. 13):
• Methow Trails: The winter wonderland we know and love has finally returned, rendering Nordic trails gloriously pristine and silky. Nearly all of the 200 kilometers of Nordic trails in the valley are open, and the majority of those trails are being groomed nightly. Conditions are gorgeous — ribbons of corduroy on the skate platform and finely chiseled classic tracks. A free Saturday morning shuttle delivers skiers to Brown’s Farm and Mazama for 20K or 30K journeys along the Methow Community Trail to Winthrop. Most of the fat bike and snowshoe trails are open and provide fun riding and walking. Visit www.methowtrails.org/trail-report when planning your ski, fat bike, or snowshoe outing to find out where the best conditions are.
• Winthrop Rink: With refrigeration, the ice at the Winthrop Rink is consistent, reliable and durable. The rink has been a hive of activity so far this winter, bustling with open skate, lessons, hockey and tournaments. During periods of heavy snow the rink operators hustle to keep the ice cleared of snow, but most of the time the ice is smooth and clean. Several upcoming hockey tournaments offer spectators the opportunity to watch high-level play, and there are more frequent options to watch local youth hockey teams in action.
• The Loup Loup Ski Bowl general manager reports that they completed the first tiller and track set grooming of the season on Jan 11. Many South Summit trails were groomed; however, low snow conditions persist and skiers are urged to use caution. Alpine trails are not yet open and no opening date has been forecast. Check https://skitheloup.com for updates.
Loup Loup will open its luge runs this weekend, with two new runs in the third season for the luge hill. There is also a new on-line luge reservation system on the Loup website, www.skitheloup.com, and reservations are recommended. For information, email email@example.com, or call (509) 557-4987.
• Bear Creek Golf Course features 8K of snowshoe and fat bike trails and is open Thursday through Sunday. In addition to its own network of winter trails, Bear Creek Golf Course offers access to the Pearrygin Lake State Park winter trails. Visit http://bearcreekgolfcourse.com/-fat-bike-and-snow-shoe-rental-rates for more information about trails, trail maps, passes, and equipment rentals.
• Pearrygin Lake State Park: Trail passes are required on the Pearrygin Lake State Park trails, which are open to Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. Maps for this area are most easily located on the Bear Creek Golf Course website. Nearby, the Lloyd Ranch fat bike trail system is fairly extensive and is groomed by avid fat bikers. Maps for Lloyd Ranch can be accessed from the Methow Cycle & Sport website.
• Methow Cycle & Sport provides the most comprehensive list of fat biking trails and conditions in the Methow Valley. Visit https://www.methowcyclesport.com/articles/fat-bike-trails-conditions-pg187.htm for more information and trail suggestions.
• Grooming trails costs money. Purchase your passes, and help support winter recreation in the Methow Valley.