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Washington Has Many Winter Adventures To Offer

Winter on the Loop means warm fires, snowy treks, foggy waterfront views and lots of fun! Whether your bliss is found riding through the snow on a fat bike in the Methow, or catching a sleigh ride in Plain, winter is a blast! 

The North Cascades Highway closes in winter due to excessive snow, so note that when you plan to travel the Loop at this time of year, you need to plan to backtrack (which we actually love because it allows us to hit our favorite spots twice)!

In the winter it is especially important to keep an eye on the weather. Be sure to check the web cams and driving conditions of Stevens Pass: Web Cams and Pass Conditions – Stevens Pass

It’s always a good idea to check your emergency supplies and car conditions before you leave home. We have created a checklist for you to make sure you are ready for the trip: Prepare for Winter Travel – Be Road Trip Ready!

Each spring we anxiously await the opening of the North Cascades Highway to allow access across the northern loop between the Methow Valley and the Skagit Valley. This link shows the history of opening and closing dates of the North Cascades Highway: Opening/Closing History

Winter on the Cascade Loop
Be Prepared!
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Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding & Snowshoeing
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Nordic Skiing
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Sleigh Rides & Guided Snowmobile Tours
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Winter Highway Closure History
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Images of Winter on the Loop
Icicle River Valley near Leavenworth
Leavenworth Christmas Lighting 2019
Christmas At The End Of The Road
Snowshoe Softball Tournament
First Time Snowshoer: Advice from a Couch Potato
At fifty-plus years of age, I had a chance to go snowshoeing for the first time this winter. My husband and I stayed at Sun Mountain Lodge in the beautiful Methow Valley and here are a few tips based on the things I did wrong! Read More >>>>
North Cascades Photography - Winter on the Cascade Loop
The severity of winter in Western Washington is all about elevation. The lowlands usually get very little snow, not counting this year of course! And the mountains get slammed. Several of the mountain passes in Washington close in winter due to snow avalanche conditions. The North Cascades Highway, SR 20, is one of them. Read More >>>>
North America's Largest Ski Area is Officially Open for the Season!
Methow Trails is officially open for skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing! Currently about 50% of the trails are groomed and open, primarily in the Sun Mountain, Rendezvous, and Mazama areas. Preliminary grooming will continue in other areas with an anticipated opening of the rest of the system after the next storm. Read More >>>>
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