Jean Ciske Wrote:
> Thanks to those of you who answered regarding Calgary skiing.
> I'm also considering Methow Valley. I am interested in doing the
> Rendezvous Mountain Tour race and then staying a few more days to ski
> in the area. I agree with another post I read recently that "For me a
> perfect vacation should center around which trails should I
> ski.....and where should I eat tonight?". So......
> Can anyone with first-hand experience comment on the Methow Valley ski
> trails from a skate perspective? Has anyone done the Rendezvous
> Mountain Tour race?
> I am also looking for comments on lodging. I don't want a fancy place
> - just a bed to sleep in and close to the ski trails.
> Restaurant recommendations?
Jean, I'm a Methow Valley resident... ...The Rendezvous Mountain
Tour is tough but spectacularly beautiful. It's a point-to-point race
that crosses 2 passes, taking a mountainous route. Long climbs and
long descents. Also worth trying would be the MV Pursuit - a 2
day event (15km classic on Saturday, 30km skate on Sunday). Both are
great and challenging. As a note, neither of these is a Huge Event -
you might have about 100 skiers, but don't come with the
hope/expectation of 1000 skiers lined up in waves...
Grooming is terrific here, and as one person said, it just keeps
getting better. The skating lanes are wide.
If you want easy/flat skiing you can spend your time on the valley
floor (MV Community Trail, Mazama, Early Winters area); if you want
rolling terrain or hills you can spend time at Sun Mountain or in the
Rendezvous trails. If you want long day tours, there is a shuttle
van that can drop you off at some far point and you can ski back.
Hotels? Not fancy (as you requested, and i agree). My preference
would be to stay directly on the ski trails (ski out the door). For
this I'd recommend the Mazama Ranch House, or in Winthrop I'd try the
Chewuch Inn. You can get info on these and others by looking around
at the website www.methownet.com which is a local isp's site and
has lots of local info. There are also lots of houses available for
nightly rental and that might work for a big group or big family