Featured image: A ski team dresses in costume for a previous Methow Valley Ski for Women event. (photo credit: Methow Valley Ski for Women)
Whether you’ve never cross-country skied or you’ve done it for a long time, the Methow Valley Ski for Women on Sunday, February 4, in Mazama, Washington, is for you. Now in its fifth year, it’s designed for women and girls of all ages and skiing abilities.
If you’re new to cross-country skiing, arrive at 10 a.m. for a lesson by volunteer instructors. They’ll show you the basics, and you’ll be ready to ski when the event starts at 10:30. If you don’t have equipment, you can rent skis, boots, and poles for $10 per person from Methow Valley Ski School and Rentals. See the events schedule below for more details about renting equipment.
You can participate individually or as part of a team in your choice of several events and games. Prizes will be awarded to winners of the competitive and relay races, and for best costume. This year’s costume theme is mythological characters or creatures.
Participation is by donation only: all proceeds and donations will benefit Room One, our Valley’s own health and social service center. Trail fees are waived by Methow Trails for event participants and reduced rental rates are available.
Free refreshments and lunch for the participants will be served after the ski events.
Here’s the schedule.
- 9:45 a.m.—Registration at the Mazama Community Center, located just off the Mazama trail head parking lot. Ski rentals also available at the ski rental shop at the Mazama Junction.
- 10:00 a.m.—Ski lesson at the south end of the trailhead parking lot, behind the Mazama Community Center
- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Ski events
- 12:30 p.m.—Hot beverages, cookies, and prizes at the Mazama Community Center
- 12:45 p.m.—Free lunch for ski participants at the Freestone Inn, 31 Early Winters Drive in Mazama
Registration is by donation on the day of the event. To save time during registration, download, print, and complete the registration and waiver forms and bring them to the event. Methow Trails is waiving snowshoe trail pass fees for the event.
Proceeds from the Methow Valley Ski for Women benefit Room One, a local health and social services center in Twisp.
Mazama is a five-hour drive from Seattle and eight hours from Portland.