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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.


To register click on the SkiReg link:



NOTE: Any skier (especially U14 and under) who might not race due to the fees, please contact mvntdirector@gmail.com to discuss fee waivers PRIOR TO REGISTERING.

Race Formats

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

10:00: U16

10:30: U14

11:00: U12

11:30: U10

11:45: U8 Lollipop Race

12:00: Awards, followed by naming of the PNSA JN team

Maps – PDF Downloads

McCabe 1.1km sprint

McCabe 900m sprint

McCabe sprint Stadium Map

McCabe 1.5km

McCabe 2.5km

McCabe 3.5km

McCabe 5km

McCabe Stadium Map


Waxing Restrictions

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.


NOAA weather forecast for McCabe Trails

Toko race wax recommendations (links will go live several days before the race):

Saturday classic sprint

–Sunday freestyle

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.

Awards Dinner

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

Race registration closes at midnight Thursday, February 8. No late registrations will be accepted!

  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

Trail Passes

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.

Race Results

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.

FREE results app for iOS & Android

Results from the 2017 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:

Saturday Skate Sprints Qualifying

Sunday Classic Distance

Results from the 2016 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:

Saturday Skate Sprints Qualifying

Sunday Classic Distance

Results from the 2015 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:

Saturday Classic Sprints

Sunday Freestyle Distance

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