The Race of the Methow features two days of weekend racing for skiers of all ages, from little kids to adults. The race courses on the McCabe Trails at Liberty Bell High School provide a fun and challenging venue for competitors and spectators alike. Come join us for a fabulous weekend of Nordic sports!
Check back here for links to start lists and results during the course of the weekend. See below for more links to course maps, weather forecast, and wax recommendations.
Time and Place
The 2017 Race of the Methow will be the weekend of February 4th and 5th. Official training and course inspection will be Friday February 3 beginning at 1pm; races begin on Saturday and Sunday at 9am. For a full schedule please see below.
All racing will take place at the McCabe Trails at Liberty Bell High School, midway between Twisp and Winthrop, Washington. The McCabe Trails are the Methow Valley Nordic Team’s home course and have hosted the 2010 Super Tour as well as many PNSA Junior Nationals Qualifier races.
To drive to the venue, turn west off of Highway 20 at milepost 196, onto Twin Lakes Road. Liberty Bell High School will be the second driveway on your right.
Trail passes are not required at the McCabe Trails.
Registration is entirely online (see below).
REGISTRATION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd. THERE WILL BE NO DAY-OF REGISTRATION AVAILABLE.
Under-8 skiers may participate for free in our Lollipop race; we encourage them to enter via the Webscorer link below to complete the waivers.
Registration requires credit card or PayPal for payment via Webscorer.com.
To register click on the link below:
NOTE: Any skier (especially U14 and under) who might not race due to the fees, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss fee waivers PRIOR TO REGISTERING.
Saturday will be freestyle (skate) sprints, beginning with a time trial and followed by elimination heats. Racers who are able to qualify within two minutes of the leader will have an opportunity to move on to the heats. Those racers who are eliminated in the quarterfinals will be put in a “consolation” semifinal, so that all racers will be able to ski at least two heats.
Sunday will be classic distance races with individual starts.
Skiers younger than 8 years old will race in an untimed mass start “lollipop” race each day.
|Category||Saturday, February 4th: Freestyle||Sunday, February 5th: Classic|
|U8||550 m||550 m|
|U10||900 m||1.5 km|
|U12||900 m||2.5 km|
|U14||900 m||3.5 km|
|U16||1.3 km||5 km|
|U18/U20/Senior||1.3 km||10 km|
|Friday, January 27, 2017||Midnight||Early registration ends; entry fees increase|
|Thursday, February 2nd||Midnight||Registration closes; no late entries!|
|Friday, February 3rd||1pm – 4pm||Course open for inspection and training|
|February 3rd||7:30pm – 8:30pm||Team Captains’ meeting; Winthrop Ice Rink|
|Saturday, February 4th||7:30am – 8:55am||Course open for inspection and training|
|February 4th||8:55am||Course closed except for racers and coaches|
|February 4th||9am||Race begins: Sprint Qualifier|
|February 4th||10:30am||Sprint Heats begin|
|February 4th||6pm||Dinner and awards at Liberty Bell H.S.|
|Sunday, February 5th||7:30am – 8:55am||Course open for inspection and training|
|February 5th||8:55am||Course closed except for racers and coaches|
|February 5th||9am||Race begins: Classic Individual Start|
|February 5th||Immediately following races||Awards in stadium area|
Maps – PDF Downloads
For U16 and older skiers the only pure fluoro waxes allowed are in block form. Powder or liquid flouros may not be used. HF and LF waxes are allowed.
For U14 and younger skiers no high-flouro waxes are allowed. Only non-flouro and low-flouro waxes may be used.
Please contact Leslie Hall if you have any questions.
Team Captains’ Meeting
There will be one Team Captains’ meeting for the weekend, to be held from 7:30pm – 8:30pm on Friday, February 3rd in the upstairs conference room at the Winthrop Ice Rink.
Bib Pickup and Return
Bibs can be picked up each day at the high school from 7:30 to 8:45 am. Bibs will be collected at the finish line each day. Sprint bibs will not be collected and reassigned after the qualifier.
Bibs for all junior racers travelling with a team will be handed out together to a representative of the team.
Awards for Saturday’s race will be presented at the banquet.
Awards for Sunday’s race will be presented at the venue as soon as possible after the racing is done.
Please join us for the traditional 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, and family and friends need to purchase dinner separately, for $10 online before 6:00pm on February 2 or for $12 at the door. The dinner will be a pasta bar catered by Sunflower Catering. Please sign up early for dinner so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone!
Racers will be eligible for random door prizes.
USSA Membership Required to Register
The Race of the Methow is a USSA race. All racers older than U8 must be USSA members to enter the Race of the Methow. This is required for insurance coverage, among other reasons. You will not be allowed to register without a USSA member.
You can get a one-day membership in USSA for $10, a year-long General Membership for $15, or a Competition Membership for $95.
To join USSA go online to http://my.ussa.org/membership/start
Race Entry Fees
|Before Jan. 27, 2017||Jan 27-Feb 2, 2017|
|U8 one or both days||Free|
|U10, U12 both days||$40||$50|
|U14,U16,U18,U20,Open both days||$70||$80|
|U10, U12 Sat or Sun only||$25||$35|
|U14,U16,U18,U20,Open Sat or Sun only||$42||$52|
|Dinner ticket for coaches, one-day racers, U8 racers, family, friends||$10|
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 MVNSEF members.
Friday, February 3rd is a non-event day and MVN members associated with the race are welcome to come and ski on the trails.
Athletes and spectators: Get the free Webscorer app for your mobile device or go to webscorer.com for live results during Saturday’s Qualifying Time Trial and Sunday’s races. Saturday’s Sprint heats will not be timed; results from those will be posted in the Stadium.
Results from the 2016 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:
Results from 2015 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:
Race Official Contacts
Chief of Competition Alan Watson 509-341-4846
Chief of Timing Scott Waichler 509-341-4051
Race Secretary Natalie Kuehler 509-557-5769
Chief of Stadium Alex Hall
Chief of Course Chris Clark
Chief of Medical Allison Delong 360-399-9613
Chief of Hospitality Sam Naney 509 341 4722
Technical Delegate Tom Schaaf 509-994-0381
Assistant TD Rob Whitten 509-630-1107
Aeromethow Ambulance 911