Winter just made a comeback, gifting us with a season extension we had almost given up hope on. If you’d been looking forward to an early spring, think back to our smoky August 2021 and console yourself with the thought of this welcome addition to the snowpack.
Sunday (March 6) will be the last day of operations at the Winthrop Rink, capping a successful winter season with plenty of open skate options. Visit the website for rates and schedules: http://winthroprink.org/schedule.
The fresh snow not only cleaned up the trails in the woods that were getting dirty with pine needles, but it also reset the clock on some of the sunnier trails that typically melt out earlier. Plenty of Nordic skiing still lies ahead. Check out grooming updates and trail conditions at www.methowtrails.org/trail-report.
Snowshoe trails are fantastic — firm and stable, with a fresh layer of snow making everything sparkle again. Check the Methow Trails website for groomed snowshoe trail conditions: www.methowtrails.org/trail-report.
On the heels of a cold snap last weekend, you could ice skate the entire length of Patterson Lake, making it possible to tour the various ice fishing day camps located near the north and south ends as well as close to the boat launch. Ice depth ranges from 8 to 17 inches; when in doubt drill a test hole to ensure ice thickness.
Fat biking — not to mention grooming for fat biking — is tricky with the fresh snow, warming temperatures and rain. Trail riders should be sensitive to trails softening. Please avoid leaving tracks deeper than 1 inch by lowering tire pressure, choosing other trails, or not using the trails when they are soft.
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. Parking passes are required.
The Methow Valley’s six Sno-Parks provide access to 175 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and connections to other areas of the region, like Conconully and Chelan. For more information, go to http://mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/methowvalleysnowmobile.