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Aerial footage of the first lap of the 10k at the 2019 Rodeo (video: Mike Tuggy):


Video of the 2018 Rodeo 5k from Mike Tuggy:

Come to the Ski Rodeo and help kick off the Methow Valley race season!

What: A fun race day for all ages and abilities. Skate races for all, followed by optional relays and obstacle courses.  Costumes encouraged! Let ‘er buck!

When: Saturday, December 28, 2019

Where: McCabe Trails, Liberty Bell High School, Winthrop WA.  

To Register: Click here to register

Results: Click here for 2019 race results.  

Wax rule and guidelines:

Washington Cup competitors must adhere to the following in their ski preparation for the Ski Rodeo.  These limitations are also recommended for ALL juniors.

No HF or pure fluoro waxes may be used.

LF waxes are recommended for U14 and older skiers.

NF waxes are recommended for U12 and younger skiers.

Toko Race Wax Recommendation: Ski Rodeo

Nordic Ultratune Wax Of The Day Recommendation: https://mv-wotd.blogspot.com/

NOAA Weather Forecast at McCabe Trails

Race Details

Skate Races: choose between

10 km (4 laps of 2.5 km course)

5 km (2 laps of 2.5 km course)

2.5 km

1.4 km

There will also be a free lollipop race for the little kids.

McCabe Trails 2019 Rodeo 1.4 km Mass Start Map, Profile and Specs

McCabe Trails 2019 Rodeo 2.5 km Mass Start Map, Profile and Specs

[Please note: these maps are current as of 12/26/19 – we will monitor conditions after skier traffic, shoveling and grooming tomorrow to see if further changes are warranted]

After the skate races there will be a +/- 1 km relay for all skiers, with 3-person teams put together informally on race day. Get ready to mix it up with new friends and old!

Due to low snow, the obstacle course has been cancelled for this year.  


8:30am – 9:30am, December 28: Late Registration and Bib Pickup for all racers

10:00 am: 1.4 km

10:10 am: 2.5 km

10:30 am: 5 km

11 am:  10 km

11:45 am: Lollipop race, followed by Relay at about noon.

[Due to current low snow conditions, the obstacle course has been cancelled this year]

Awards and soup for competitors inside following the race

Facility Notes

To protect the hard floors in the High School, skiers are asked to remove their ski boots before entering the building.  Thank you for your consideration!

Washington Cup Series

We are proud to be a part of the Washington Nordic Cup, a series of races for young competitors to develop their skiing and racing skills independent of the Junior National qualifying circuit. Athletes from around the region will compete this weekend for points, all building toward the season-ending finale races in March. Participants in the Washington Cup should follow the below distance guidelines to be scored:

U8, U10: 1.4 km

U12, U14: 2.5 km

U16+: 5 km

Any skiers wishing to ski a different distance for their age will receive the minimum points score for that event in the Washington Cup. Skiers under 8 may choose to ski the Lollipop race instead, in which case they will not be scored or charged an entry fee.

Registration and Fees

Online, advance registration is strongly encouraged because it greatly helps the volunteer crew organizing the race. Skiers under 8 may choose to do either the 1.4 km or Lollipop race. There is no registration for the Lollipop race–just show up.

Entry Fees for online registration through Tuesday, December 24:

Under 18           $10

Ages 18+          $20

Cost for online registration goes up to $15 and $25, respectively, on December 25, and closes at noon on 12/27.

Day-of-race registration will be available for $20 and $35, respectively. Day of race registration is 8:30 – 9:30 am. Day-of-race payment is by check or exact cash only.  But, please register in advance online if at all possible!

Trail passes are not required for racers or spectators.


Each race entry comes with one raffle ticket.  The raffle will be held in conjunction with the post-race awards in the Liberty Bell HS Cafeteria. The grand prize is a pair of race stock Atomic Redster Carbon S9 skate skis from Nordic Ultratune!  Must be present to win!

To register, click on the Webscorer button:

Click here to register


2019 Race Results
2018 Race Results
2017 Race Results
2016 Race Results
2015 Race Results

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