Race of the Methow

Check back here for links to start lists and results during the course of the weekend. See below for more links to course maps, weather forecast, and wax recommendations.

Time and Place

The 2018  Race of the Methow will be the weekend of February 10-11th. Official training and course inspection will be Friday February 9 beginning at 1pm; races begin on Saturday and Sunday at 9am. For a full schedule please see below.

All racing will take place at the McCabe Trails at Liberty Bell High School, midway between Twisp and Winthrop, Washington. The McCabe Trails are the Methow Valley Nordic Team’s home course and have hosted the 2010 Super Tour as well as many PNSA Junior Nationals Qualifier races.

To drive to the venue, turn west off of Highway 20 at milepost 196, onto Twin Lakes Road. Liberty Bell High School will be the second driveway on your right.

Trail passes are not required at the McCabe Trails.


Registration is entirely online (see below).


Under-8 skiers may participate for free in our Lollipop race; we encourage them to enter via the Webscorer link below to complete the waivers.

Registration requires credit card or PayPal for payment via Webscorer.com.

To register click on the link below:

Click here to register

NOTE: Any skier (especially U14 and under) who might not race due to the fees, please contact mvntdirector@gmail.com to discuss fee waivers PRIOR TO REGISTERING.

Race Formats

Saturday will be classic sprints, beginning with a time trial and followed by elimination heats. Racers who are able to qualify within two minutes of the leader will have an opportunity to move on to the heats. Those racers who are eliminated in the quarterfinals will be put in a “consolation” semifinal, so that all racers will be able to ski at least two heats.

Sunday will be skate distance races with individual starts.

Skiers younger than 8 years old will race in an untimed mass start “lollipop” race each day.

2018 Race of the Methow Distances
Category Saturday, February 10th: Classic Sunday, February 11th: Freestyle
U8 550 m 550 m
U10 900 m 1.5 km
U12 900 m 2.5 km
U14 900 m 3.5 km
U16 1.3 km 5 km
U18/U20/Senior 1.3 km 10 km

2018 Race of the Methow Schedule
Date Time Activity
Friday, Midnight Early registration ends; entry fees increase
Thursday, February 8th Midnight Registration closes; no late entries!
Friday, February 9th 1pm – 4pm Course open for inspection and training
February 9th 7:30pm – 8:30pm Team Captains’ meeting; Winthrop Ice Rink
Saturday, February 10th 7:30am – 8:55am Course open for inspection and training
February 10th 8:55am Course closed except for racers and coaches
February 10th 9am Race begins: Sprint Qualifier
February 10th 10:30am Sprint Heats begin
February 10th 6pm Dinner and awards at Liberty Bell H.S.
Sunday, February 11th 7:30am – 8:55am Course open for inspection and training
February 11th 8:55am Course closed except for racers and coaches
February 11th 9am Race begins: Classic Individual Start
February 11th Immediately following races Awards in stadium area

Maps – PDF Downloads

McCabe 900m sprint

McCabe 1.2km sprint

McCabe 1.5km

McCabe 2.5km

McCabe 3.5km

McCabe 5km

McCabe Stadium Map

Waxing Restrictions

For U16 and older skiers the only low fluoro waxes are allowed. Powder or liquid flouros may not be used.  LF waxes are allowed.

For U14 and younger skiers no high-flouro waxes are allowed.  Only non-flouro and low-flouro waxes may be used.

Please contact Leslie Hall if you have any questions.

NOAA weather forecast for McCabe Trails

Toko race wax recommendation–Saturday freestyle

Toko race wax recommendation–Sunday classic

Team Captains’ Meeting

There will be one Team Captains’ meeting for the weekend, to be held from 7:30pm – 8:30pm on Friday, February 9th in the upstairs conference room at the Winthrop Ice Rink.

Bib Pickup and Return

Bibs can be picked up each day at the high school from 7:30 to 8:45 am. Bibs will be collected at the finish line each day. Sprint bibs will not be collected and reassigned after the qualifier.

Bibs for all junior racers travelling with a team will be handed out together to a representative of the team.


Awards for Saturday’s race will be presented at the banquet.

Awards for Sunday’s race will be presented at the venue as soon as possible after the racing is done.

Awards Dinner

Please join us for the traditional awards dinner at Liberty Bell High School on Saturday evening.

Dinner is included for all racers in ages U10 and older who enter both days of racing and for children under 6.  Single day racers, U8 racers, and family and friends need to purchase dinner separately, for $10 online before 6:00pm on February 8th or for $12 at the door. The dinner will be a pasta bar catered by Sunflower Catering.  Please sign up early for dinner so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone!

Racers will be eligible for random door prizes.

USSA Membership Required to Register

The Race of the Methow is a USSA race. All racers older than U8 must be USSA members to enter the Race of the Methow. This is required for insurance coverage, among other reasons. You will not be allowed to register without a USSA member.

You can get a one-day membership in USSA for $10, a year-long General Membership for $15, or a Competition Membership for $95.

To join USSA go online to http://my.ussa.org/membership/start

Race Entry Fees

2017 Race of the Methow Entry Fees
  Before February 3, 2018 February 3-8th, 2018
U8 one or both days Free
U10, U12 both days $40 $50
U14,U16,U18,U20,Open both days $70 $80
U10, U12 Sat or Sun only $25 $35
U14,U16,U18,U20,Open Sat or Sun only $42 $52
Dinner ticket for coaches, one-day racers, U8 racers, family, friends $10

Trail Passes

A Methow Trails ski pass is not needed to enter or spectate at this event; however, on non-event days the McCabe Trails are only open to MVNSEF members.

Friday, February 9th is a non-event day and MVN members associated with the race are welcome to come and ski on the trails.

Race Results

Athletes and spectators: Get the free Webscorer app for your mobile device or go to webscorer.com for live results during Saturday’s Qualifying Time Trial and Sunday’s races. Saturday’s Sprint heats will not be timed; results from those will be posted in the Stadium.

FREE results app for iOS & Android

Results from the 2016 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:

Saturday Skate Sprints Qualifying

Sunday Classic Distance

Results from 2015 Race of the Methow are at Webscorer:

Saturday Classic Sprints

Sunday Freestyle Distance

Race Official Contacts

Chief of Competition              Alan Watson               509-341-4846

Chief of Timing Scott Waichler 509-341-4051

Race Secretary                        Natalie Kuehler           509-557-5769

Chief of Stadium Alex Hall

Chief of Course Chris Clark

Chief of Medical                     Allison Delong             360-399-9613

Chief of Hospitality               Sam Naney                   509 341 4722

Technical Delegate                Tom Schaaf                  509-994-0381

Assistant TD                          Rob Whitten            509-630-1107

Aeromethow Ambulance                                            911

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22 Twin Lakes Road
Winthrop, WA 98862

Saturday - February 10, 2018

Starting: Feb 10
Ending: Feb 11