Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation

Race of the Methow


 RACE OF THE METHOW 2015 will be January 17-18 at the McCabe Trails, located next to Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop, WA.

The Race of the Methow is a 2-day race weekend for skiers of all ages. The race courses on the McCabe Trails, including the stadium at Liberty Bell High School, provide a superb venue for competitors and spectators alike. Come join us in a fabulous weekend of cross-country skiing!

All racing on Saturday is classic. U10-U21 skiers will do sprint format with a qualifying time trial and heats, and U8 skiers will do a mass-start, untimed “Lollipop” race. Format for adult skiers (21+) TBA.

All racing on Sunday is freestyle. U14 and older skiers will do an interval-start race of appropriate distance for their age group. U10 skiers will do a mass start race. U8 skiers will do a mass-start, untimed “Lollipop” race.

Racers and race volunteers are eligible for random door prizes at the awards ceremonies.

The Race of the Methow is organized by the Methow Valley Nordic Team. It is a Junior National Championships Qualifier for juniors in the U16, U18, and U21 classes.  We are working to make it a USSA sanctioned race this year, so that USSA licensed skiers can get seeding in the starts and earn points with their results that will help them in future race starts. A USSA license is NOT required to participate. Complete info here and registration at will be available in November.

Please send questions to, or phone Leslie Hall at 509-996-6000.

Age Groups
Racing age is based on how old the skier is on December 31, 2014. For example, if a girl is 14 on December 31, her racing class for the 2014-15 season is Female U16 (14-15).  See the table at the bottom of this page for a complete listing of junior age classes.

Entry Fees

Both Days of Racing Saturday or Sunday Only
Class Before
U8 (4-7) Free, online registration encouraged
U10-U14 (8-13) TBA TBA TBA TBA
U16-Adults (14 and up) TBA TBA TBA TBA

Please note there is a race dinner Saturday night, cost TBA.

Registration requires credit card or PayPal for payment via For teams, payment by check is possible, but coach must contact no later than January 9 to make arrangements.

Junior Age Categories

Birth Year Age on
2010 4 U8
2009 5 U8
2008 6 U8
2007 7 U8
2006 8 U10
2005 9 U10
2004 10 U12
2003 11 U12
2002 12 U14
2001 13 U14
2000 14 U16
1999 15 U16
1998 16 U18
1997 17 U18
1996 18 U20
1995 19 U20
1994 20 U21

Results for last year’s races can be found at Webscorer. Search on races by Map/Sport/Date/Type, choose cross-country skiing for the sport, and Jan 4 and Jan 5, 2014 for the dates, and you’ll see all the results, including sprint qualifying, sprint heats, and the mass start distance races.

See you at the Race!