Looking back in the history books of the Methow Valley, it
seems like there have always been ski trails in the Valley.
These “trails” that were the width of a ski and were formed by
the person skiing in front of you.
By the 1970s, Nordic skiers had started experimenting with
homemade grooming equipment as the sport of cross-
country skiing was fast growing in popularity.
By all accounts, 1977 was the year that a number of these
local, homegrown grooming operators in the Methow all
came together and formed the Methow Valley Family Ski
Club—the start to what would later become the Methow
Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) and what is today
It’s an incredible story…a perfect storm of people,
partnerships, personalities, and perseverance all shaping
what is today, 40 years later, a
unique—and one of the most
spectacular—trail systems in the
We hope you can join us
on the trails this year as
we celebrate the story of
how this all came to be.
Dogs are proudly allowed
on selected trails
Give it a Try!
Children 17 & Under
...what is today,
40 years later,
one of the most
systems in the