The Race of the Methow is Methow Valley Nordic’s premier race weekend of the year. Open to skiers of all ages and abilities, this year’s race will serve as the final PNSA Junior Nationals Qualifier and as part of the Washington Nordic Cup.
When: Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11, 2018
What: Saturday classic sprint, Sunday mass start skate. The sprint heats will be a modified King’s Court format. See below for details.
Where: McCabe Trails, Liberty Bell High School, Winthrop, WA
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.
Snow Conditions as of Wednesday, Feb 7: As of noon today the snow is firm with no sign of any dirt or rocks coming through. High temperatures are forecast to be in the 40’s today and tomorrow and in the 30’s Friday through Sunday. Nightly lows will be barely freezing tonight, then solid freezes each night beginning Thursday. We expect to have plenty of snow on the course through the race weekend.
Registration is entirely online (except for the U8 lollipop race). Please register early to help us with planning. Registration Fees increase by $10 starting Saturday, February 3.
For the U8 lollipop race there is no advanced registration. Just sign up when you arrive.
REGISTRATION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8th. THERE WILL BE NO LATE REGISTRATION.
To register click on the SkiReg link:
NOTE: Any skier (especially U14 and under) who might not race due to the fees, please contact email@example.com to discuss fee waivers PRIOR TO REGISTERING.
Saturday will be classic sprints, with a modified King’s Court format in which everyone skis all three rounds. See below for additional information. U16 and older skiers will use a 1.3 km course, and U10 through U14’s will go 0.9 km.
Sunday will be mass start skate races. Course lengths will be:
U18 and older, including seniors and masters: 10 km (two laps of the 5 km course)
U16: 5 km
U14: 3.5 km
U12: 2.5 km
U10: 1.5 km
Skiers younger than 8 years old will race in an untimed mass start lollipop race each day.
Kings Court Sprint Format
The qualification round is the normal interval start time trial. But in the heats there are no eliminations. For the first round of heats (quarterfinals) the fastest six qualifiers go into the first heat, the next fastest six go into the second heat, and so on until all qualifiers have been assigned to heats. After the quarterfinals the first and second finishers in each heat move up one heat for the semifinals, while the fifth and sixth of each heat move down one heat (except that no one moves up from the first heat or down from the last heat). The same thing happens from the semifinals to the finals. Final race results are the finish order in each consecutive heat: first through sixth places are the finish order of the first heat; seventh through twelfth places are the finish order of the second heat, and so on.
Schedule (start times subject to revision depending on field sizes)
Sat, Feb 3: Registration fees increase by $10
Thu, Feb 8, midnight: Registration closes. No late registration!
Fri, Feb 9
1:00 – 4:00 pm: Course open for inspection and training
7:30 pm: Team Captain’s Meeting, Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, 93 W Chewuch Rd: Head out of Winthrop on Hwy 20 westbound. Turn right onto Chewuch Road just after passing the Winthrop Barn. The Co-op will be on your left after about one mile.
Sat, Feb 10
7:00 – 8:50: Courses open for training and inspection
9:00: Sprint qualification for U16 and older, followed by heats
12:00: Sprint qualification for U14 and younger, followed by heats
11:45 (approximately): U8 Lollipop Race
6:00 pm: Awards dinner at Liberty Bell High School
Sun, Feb 11
7:00 – 8:50: Courses open for training and inspection
9:00: U18 and older
11:45: U8 Lollipop Race
12:00: Awards, followed by naming of the PNSA JN team
Maps – PDF Downloads
U16 and older skiers may use high flouro base waxes and solid flouro blocks. Liquids and powders are not allowed.
U14 and younger skiers may not use any high flouro waxes.
Toko race wax recommendations (links will go live several days before the race):
Bib Pickup and Return
Bibs can be picked up at the high school Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 8:45 am. Two-day racers will use the same bib both days.
Bibs for all junior racers from the same team will be handed out together to a representative of the team.
Awards for Saturday’s race will be presented at the awards dinner.
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, coaches, and family and friends need to purchase dinner separately, for $10 online before registration closes on February 8th 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.
US Ski and Snowboard (formerly USSA) Membership Required to Register
The Race of the Methow is a US Ski and Snowboard sanctioned race. All racers older than U8 must be US Ski and Snowboard 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 being a US Ski and Snowboard member.
You can get an annual General Membership for $15, or a Competition Membership for $95. The competition membership lets you earn USSA points, and is required if you go to Junior Nationals. You can upgrade from General to Competition any time.
To join US Ski and Snowboard go online to http://my.ussa.org/myussa.
Race Entry Fees
|Before February 3, 2018||February 3-8th, 2018|
|U8 one or both days||Free|
|U10, U12, U14 – both days||$40||$50|
|U16,U18,U20, Seniors, Masters – both days||$70||$80|
|U10, U12, U14 – one day only||$20||$30|
|U16,U18,U20, Seniors, Masters – one day only||$35||$45|
|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.
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 2017 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:
Results from the 2016 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:
Results from the 2015 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:
Race Official Contacts
Chief of Competition Alan Watson 509-341-4846
Race Secretary Jan Erikson 206-883-4202
Chief of Timing Scott Waichler 509-341-4051
Chief of Course Chris Clark 509-429-6848
Chief of Stadium Alex Hall 509-322-2486
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