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Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution Goals In Winthrop Washington

Here in Winthrop, Washington, we take outdoor recreation seriously – in a fun way. If you’re making a New Year’s Resolution, why not set a goal to complete a race among wildflowers, snowcapped mountains, and pristine shared trails? Spend a night at one of our many hotels with hot tubs to relax those sore muscles. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, cross-country skier, or pickleball enthusiast, we have something for you. You can also reserve our outdoor rink for your next hockey tournament. 

If you’re looking to get outside, why not experience the majesty of Winthrop, Washington’s snowcapped mountains? Here are some events to select:

Cross country skiing

Saturday Ski Shuttle 

January 7th, 2023 — February 25th, 2023 

On Saturdays in January and February, Methow Trails offers transportation service between Winthrop and Mazama for those looking for a one-way ski journey along the iconic Methow Community Trail. The shuttle is free, but a valid ski trail pass is required. 

Winthrop Trailhead Parkrun

Every Saturday at 9:00 am (October - April).
A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer, or spectate – it's up to you! The event occurs at Winthrop Trailhead, 21 Horizon Flats Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862. See the Course page for more details. 

Backyard Ski Day 

January 27th, 2023 

Methow Trails invites everyone for a day of FREE winter trail access. Try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking for the first time, or introduce a friend to the experience you love! 

Hanz’s Big Adventure 

January 27th, 2023 

Hanz’s Big Adventure is a trials-format race for kids up to 100 years old at the McCabe Trails at Liberty Bell High School. You guess how long it will take you to do your chosen course and enter your time when you register. All you know ahead of time are the approximate distance of the courses you can choose from–1, 2.5 or 5 km. 

Race of the Methow 

February 4th, 2023 — September 29th, 2023 

Two days of racing at this US Ski and Snowboard-sanctioned Pacific Northwest Junior National qualifier! Races for everyone with sanctioned categories and open/community categories too! 

Ski to the Sun race

Ski to the Sun 

February 11th, 2023 

Join Methow Trails and the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation for the annual Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay. The course travels through North America’s largest ski trail network and takes skiers from the tranquil banks of the Methow River to the beautiful mountain vistas at Sun Mountain Lodge. Ski the marathon as an individual or as a relay with up to five other friends or family members. You’ll enjoy food and fun along the way! 

Snowshoe Softball in Winthrop

Snowshoe Softball

February 18-19, 2022

The Winthrop Snowshoe Softball tournament is a popular annual winter event sponsored by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. Now in its third decade, this tournament is held every February on the three-day President’s Day weekend. 

Doggie Dash 

February 19th, 2023 

Get out your costume box. This race is all about the costume and a dose of good luck out on the course. Human-dog teams compete in short heats to go for the glory of the coveted Golden Poodle award. Humans must ski. Dogs must run. Dogs must be on a leash. Both must be in costume. It's that simple. 


April 29th, 2023 

This unique course begins at 2180 feet elevation in Mazama and includes well-marked deer trails, single-track trails, and gravel roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades, and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower-carpeted meadows and fields. 

Sun Mountain 50M/50K/25K

50M: SATURDAY, MAY 13TH, 2023
50K: SATURDAY, MAY 20TH, 2023
25K: SUNDAY, MAY 21ST, 2023

Located on the eastern and sunny side of the North Cascades - on the edge of the Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness, above the Methow River Valley - these courses offer a great mountain trail running early in the year. You can expect fields of wildflowers, beautiful, snow-capped peaks of the Cascades in the distance, and primarily gradual, smooth, runnable trails.  Contact Rainshadow Running to register.

Cutthroat Classic 

September 9th, 2023 

Topping the charts in inspiration and popularity, the Cutthroat Classic provides incredible mountain views along a spectacular high alpine trail. The Cutthroat course is an 11-mile singletrack trail run through the North Cascades, following the iconic Pacific Crest Trail up and over Cutthroat Pass. This race is limited to 400 participants and sells out early every year. 

Gran Fondo Winthrop

September 16th, 2023

Gran Fondo Winthrop road cycling event will take you deep into the North Cascades and dish out a whopping 10.000+’ of climbing.  There’s a reason we save this one for the end! 

Keep an eye on the Winthrop Washington Calendar for more events like fatbiking and Frisbee golf at Loup Loup Ski Bowl.