The Basic Idea of the Tour
The Lee Adams Tour of the Methow is a non-timed, non-competitive ski through some of the major parts of the Methow Trails system. You can do part or all of the entire Tour route. The Tour includes lunch in Mazama and free shuttle buses to help with logistics. Join your friends or make new ones on an epic Methow ski!
The Tour of the Methow is held in honor of Lee Adams. Lee loved the outdoors and was passionate about cross country skiing in the Methow Valley. When he lost his life in a tragic accident on Mount Rainier his loved ones donated memorial funds to the Methow Nordic Club (part of the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation). Those funds have been used to put benches in the Early Winters part of the trail system, as well as to sponsor the Tour of the Methow.
Methow Valley Nordic
Methow Valley Nordic (formally the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Educational Foundation) is a 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission of supporting the growth and enjoyment of cross country skiing in the Methow Valley. MVN programs include the Junior Nordic Team, Biathlon, adult instruction, races, and other events.
Note that Methow Trails, which grooms and maintains the trails, is a supportive partner of MVN, but we are separate organizations.
While we charge fees for most of our activities, we try to keep costs low. We rely on contributions from the community, both financial and volunteer hours, to carry out our mission, and we deeply appreciate all of you who support us.
The Methow Valley Nordic Club is part of MVN. Club activities like the Tour depend on having members who are willing to organize them. If you have ideas and want to get involved, please let us know!
The Tour Course
The full Tour course goes from the Cub Creek trailhead over Rendezvous Pass and down to Mazama (30km), then around the Early Winters part of the system and back to Mazama (20km), and finally from Mazama to Winthrop (30km).
Needless to say most participants choose to do only a portion of the full 80km, and you can do whichever portions you like, starting at Cub Creek, Mazama, Winthrop, or trailheads in between. Whatever part of the course you choose, you won’t want to skip lunch at the Mazama Community Club.
The entire course will be marked with ToM signs, but please bring a trail map if you are not familiar with the trails. Maps are available at the Methow Trails office, and at many stores in the area.
Kid’s Loops: There will be marked 10km and 5km loops starting and finishing in Mazama. Kids and families are welcome!
One bus will take skiers from Mazama to Winthrop and from Winthrop to Cub Creek. Another bus will take skiers from Winthrop to Mazama. We will be filling the buses on a first-registered, first-served basis and only have space for the first 100 participants so please arrive early and sign up for the Tour now to ensure your spot!
Bus departure times are as follows:
7:30 am from Mazama to Winthrop (and then to Cub Creek)
8:00 am from Winthrop (Town Trailhead) to Cub Creek
10:00 am from Winthrop (Town Trailhead) to Mazama Community Center
11:00 am Departs from Mazama Community Center to Winthrop (Town Trailhead)
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to bus departure time so that we may check you in and provide your ribbon for the Tour and lunch.
Equipment will not be allowed inside the passenger area of the buses. There is undercarriage space for all skis and poles, but for the safety of passengers and driver visibility no skis or poles can board the buses with you.
Lunch at the Mazama Community Center
After hours of climbing through the Rendezvous or circumnavigating the Early Winters loop, you’ve got a hunger inside you! Come in and warm yourself with some delicious lunch at the Community Center, free for all participants. Bring your Tour ribbon and your appetite! Lunch and snacks are available from 10am until 3pm.
Early registration for the Lee Adams Tour of the Methow is free to Methow Valley Nordic members and to Methow Trails members, and costs $10 for non-members. Prices for adults go up $10 on February 7 – the tour is always free for kids.
You are a member of Methow Valley Nordic if you have joined and paid your membership dues, or if you are a parent of a junior team racer.
You are a member of Methow Trails if you have joined and paid your membership dues, if you are a season or lifetime pass holder, or if you own property that the trails use.
Registration is via SkiReg (click on the logo to go to the registration page)
or you can mail a check to MVNSEF PO Box 1063, Winthrop, WA 98862.
Methow Trails passes are required for those aged 18 and older.
Participants will receive a ribbon (on the bus or at the start area) to identify themselves. Your ribbon will also be your ticket to lunch.
This institution operates under special use permit with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.