Washington: Methow Valley

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Methow Valley, Washington

January 23 – 29, 2025

The Methow Trails is the nation’s largest cross-country ski trail system offering 200 km of groomed ski trails. Trip leaders will guide and coach participants from the ski-in-ski-out lodging at both the Sun Mountain Lodge and Freestone Inn . Skiers will enjoy fine dining and incredible mountain views throughout the Methow Valley.

Ski into the nearby town of Winthrop on the community trail and meet up with your ski group for some delicious baked goods. Challenge yourself to a point-to-point 15 or 30 km ski adventure from Cub Creek to Mazama. If you desire to ski shorter distances with gentle terrain, we have you covered. Trip leaders can plan routes that are custom-built for the beginner to advanced skier. 

Read more about the 2023 Methow trip highlights here: Sunshine and Vista Views! Check out the 2023 race video here!

TRIP DETAILS

Trip fee includes the following:

  • Lodging: Six nights stay at the ski-in ski-out Sun Mountain Lodge and Freestone Inn (3 days at each location).
  • Meals: Six breakfast, lunch and dinners included.
  • Ground transportation from Spokane airport to Sun Mountain Lodge and other areas in the Methow Valley.
  • Ski technique coaching and video review with trip leaders.
  • Ski Trail pass for all 200 km of the Methow trail system.
  • Ski waxing for the entire trip.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air transportation to and from Spokane, Washington.

COST:

A $500 deposit is due to hold your spot. Remainder of the trip fee will be due 60 days prior to trip departure.

  • $3,300 Before May 1
  • $3,400 Before July 1
  • $3,500 Before September 1

Lodging is based on double occupancy per hotel room. Single occupancy will be an additional $830.

Skiing to Dinner!

I enjoyed the 30 km point to point ski day along with skiing from our lodge to Winthrop for dinner! The scenery was fantastic!
Karl Dewahl
2023 Trip Participant

Baguettes Feed along the Ski Trail!

Bonding over skiing with a small group along with the coaching tips was a huge highlight! Amazing views, the baguettes at Mazama bakery with the good cheese!
Julie Anderson
2023 Trip Participant

Trip Leaders

Claire Waichler

Claire (Cal) is from the Methow Valley. Skiing has been a big chunk of her life since age 2. Cal followed cross-country skiing through racing for the Methow Valley Nordic team and Colby College, competing at biathlon world juniors, and landing on the podium of the most obscure World Loppet race, as well as many more interesting corners of the world.

These days, Cal is a ski coach on the Methow Nordic team, a member of the Cascades Wolverine Project, and an artist. Her woodcut printmaking practice explores her connection to wilderness, climate change, and the complex ecological stories that occur underfoot, overhead, and out of sight. In her free time, she embraces the mountains through long backcountry skis and alpine climbs in the North Cascades.

Kim Rudd

Endurance Adventures was founded by Kim Rudd. Her passion for Nordic skiing started while racing in high school and being exposed to the famous Minnesota Finlandia ski race. She continued to ski race in college at Bemidji State University where she met her soulmate and adventure partner Craig Rudd. Kim has enjoyed racing for Team Rossignol for the past thirty years in various ski marathons around the Midwest and internationally.

She also enjoys mountain biking and canoe/SUP adventures along with coaching youth and adults at the Loppet Foundation. Kim is certified as a level 200 BICP coach along with Level 200 USSA Nordic coach. She is excited to share her passion for travel, cycling, and Nordic skiing with other like-minded adventure seekers! Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, reading, travel and bike packing!

Ski-in-ski out from Sun Mountain Lodge and explore 200 km’s of immaculately groomed trails!