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The Race of the Methow is Methow Valley Nordic’s premier race weekend. Open to skiers of all ages and abilities, the race also serves as a PNSA Junior Nationals Qualifier.

When: Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2, 2020 (official training and course inspection on January 31)

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.



Registration is via USSA signup To register, racers need to:

1) log into their USSA account
2) on the tools section of their personal dashboard, click on “Event Registration”
3) on the event search page put in the proper criteria (age class, gender, month) and click “Search Competitions”


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, January 26.

For the U8 lollipop race there is no advanced registration. Just show up at the starting line as directed by the race announcer.


NOTE: Any skier (especially U14 and under) who might not race due to the fees, please contact jrteam@mvnsef.org 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 heats. See below for additional information. U16 and older skiers will use a 1.25 km course, and U10 through U14’s will go 800 meters.  U8 Skiers will race an untimed mass start lollipop race on the 800m course.  

Sunday will be mass start skate races. Course lengths will be:

U18 and older, including seniors and masters: 10 km (4 laps of the 2.5 km course)

U16: 5 km (2 laps of a 2.5 km course) 

U12/14: 3 km

U10: 1.5 km

U8: untimed mass start lollipop race.

Kings Court Sprint Format

The qualification round is the normal interval start time trial. However, 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, Jan 26:
Registration fees increase by $10

Thu, Jan 30:

11:00 pm: Registration closes. No late registration!

Fri, Jan 31 – Official Training

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Course open for inspection and official 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, immediately after Rendezvous Road turns off to the left.

Sat, Feb 1 – Classic Sprint.
Note: Heat schedules will be posted after registration closes.

7:00 – 8:50: Courses open for training and inspection
9:00: Sprint qualification for U16 and older, 1.25k, followed by heats.
12:15 (approx): U8 Lollipop Race, 800m
12:30 (approx): Sprint qualification for U14 and younger, 800m, followed by heats
6:00 pm: Awards dinner at Liberty Bell High School

Sun, Feb 2 – Skate Mass Start

7:00 – 8:50: Courses open for training and inspection
9:00: U18 and older Male, 10k (4×2.5km)
9:45: U18 and older Female, 10k (4×2.5km)
10:30: U16 Male, 5k (2×2.5km)
10:50: U16 Female, 5k (2×2.5km)
11:20: U12/U14, 3k
11:45: U10, 1.5k
12:00: U8 Lollipop Race
12:30: Awards

Maps – PDF Downloads

ROM 2020 800m Sprint Map and Profile

ROM 2020 1.25 km Sprint Map and Profile

McCabe sprint Stadium Map (Coming)

ROM 2020 2.5 km Map and Profile

ROM 2020 3 km Map and Profile

ROM 2020 1.5 km Map and Profile

McCabe Stadium Map (Coming)


Waxing Restrictions

Per PNSA Nordic Junior National Qualifier Rules:

Wax Rules:
a. For all age classes U14 and younger: No use of any wax containing fluorinated or Gallium
components is allowed.
b. For all age classes U16 and older: On the glide zones of skate and classic skis only
hydrocarbon-based waxes, which may be non-, low- or high-flouro compounds, are allowed.
Pure fluorinated solid blocks, sprays and liquids are not allowed; and waxes containing gallium
products are not allowed. Liquids that are the same formulations as permitted HF hydrocarbon
waxes are allowed. All products are allowed in kick zones of Classic skis.

For a list of approved waxes, please visit the PNSA cross country page.


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

All racers will need to complete an MVNSEF Release for Events in order to be able to compete.  This includes a parent/guardian signature for minors.

We hope to hand out as many  bibs as possible at the Team Captains Meeting Friday evening. Otherwise 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 at the door.  

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 $20, or a Competition Membership for $115. 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 Thursday January 30, 11:00 pm.  No Late Registrations!

by Friday, January 24 January 25 – 30
age group both days one day both days one day
U16 and older $70 $35 $80 $45
U14 $40 $20 $50 $30
U12 $20 $10 $30 $20
U10 $10 $5 $20 $15
U8 free, no pre-registration, just show up         

Trail Passes

A Methow Trails ski pass is not needed to race or spectate at this event (including course inspection on Friday); however, on non-event days the McCabe Trails are only open to MVN Junior Team training and Methow Valley School District PE Classes.

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. We will also post a link to final sprint results here.

FREE results app for iOS & Android

Race of the Methow 2019 Results

Saturday Final Results (most complete info):
U16+ Male
U16+ Female
U10 to U14

Saturday results with overall and category placings only are also available at Webscorer:
U16+ Female
U16+ Male

Sunday Final Results:
U16 Female
U16 Male
U18+ Female
U18+ Male

Sunday Results on Webscorer:

Results from the 2018 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:

Saturday Skate Sprints Qualifying

Sunday Classic Distance

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 Committee and Officials
For questions contact info@mvnsef.org

Chief of Competition             Pete Leonard               

Chief of Secretariat                Alan Watson                                           

Chief of Timing                      Scott Waichler             

Chief of Course                      Flash Clark                   

Chief of Stadium                    Alex Hall                       

Chief of Medical                     Geoff Richardson

Chief of Hospitality                                 

Technical Delegate                Maggie Shane                

Assistant TD                           Jerry Bell

Aeromethow Ambulance      Dial 911