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Why skiing? Cross-country skiing is the perfect winter complement to summer cycling. Have fun in the snow, then go home stronger on the bike - it's the best of both worlds. Washington's gorgeous Methow Valley is the nation's largest cross-country ski area, with over 120 miles of groomed trails. Enjoy six days of cross country and/or skate-skiing (lessons and equipment included). Swap your gear from classic to skate-skis and try both! Take a day to go snowshoeing. Spend three nights at one end of the valley and two at the other end - so you're never on the same trail twice. Perfect for novice and expert alike, these tours are led by seasoned Bicycle Adventures guides and cross-country ski experts. Great snow, great guides, great fun!
*Note: Transfer to and from Seattle is included.
Meet in Seattle; we'll whisk you off to the Methow Valley for an afternoon ski lesson on the Wilson Loop.
Meet us early in the morning (approximately 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.) at one of our designated pick-up locations in Seattle. It's a long drive to the eastern side of the state, so dress comfortably and plan to relax in the van for a bit. Have lunch in Chelan. Hop back in the van for the remainder of the drive to Mazama. Change into your ski clothes for a gear fitting. Take a basic short lesson in the flat 'test run' area just outside the ski shop. Already know what you're doing? Head out onto the groomed trails - the area is wide open, with broad fields and loop trails so you won't get lost. Take a little time to get used to the equipment, then it's off to the lovely Freestone Inn for the first of three nights here.
Try out the Mazama Trails today. Lessons for beginners and coaching for those who wish it included.
Head out for a morning lesson (or a morning ski) after breakfast. If you're up for a loop, try out your skis on a flat-to-rolling 10-12 kilometer section of trail. Lunch is a fun, quaint affair at the Mazama Country Store. This afternoon, relax in the hot tub, swap skis for snowshoes if you wish - or slip away for another 10-12k out-and-back cruise to an area called Base Camp.
Ski the River Run and Jack's Trail. This afternoon: ski more, or enjoy some downtime.
Breakfast at the inn. Ski the River Run Loop this morning, through a beautiful valley surrounded by snow-covered cliffs, with glimpses of the snowy Cascade Range peaks in the distance. Mazama means 'mountain goats' - and you may catch sight of one here and there. Today's trails head into the narrower part of the Methow Valley. Cozy woods alternate with open meadows and big flat loops. Soak up the sunshine at a spot affectionately named 'Cow Beach.' After lunch, ski to Jack's Hut and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Choose to keep exploring the trails by ski or snowshoe. Or head into the lodge to snuggle up by the fire.
Ski the Methow Community Trail to Brown's Farm. This afternoon, ski or get a massage at Sun Mountain's spa.
Ski south to Brown's Farm this morning. Arrive to greet a smiling guide and enjoy a nice hot lunch. Then keep skiing south on the Methow Community Trail to Wolf Creek if you wish. Fit in as many - or as few - kilometers as you wish: there are plenty of loops to choose from. Done skiing? Shuttle up to Sun Mountain Lodge for a soak in the hot tub and maybe even a massage. Dinner is on your own tonight at Sun Mountain so the afternoon is all yours.
Ski Thompson and Meadowlark trails today. Or maybe Sunnyside / Beaver Pond, Fox and Aqua. You choose.
Breakfast at Sun Mountain Lodge. Beginner and intermediate skiers can try their legs on the trails at Sunnyside or Beaver Pond. Intermediate and advanced ones head to Thompson Road and the Meadowlark Loop, which is hillier and more challenging. This afternoon is a good time to get a massage (if you opted out yesterday), soak in the hot tub or sit by the fire.
This morning, ski the Chickadee Trails. Head back to Seattle with us this afternoon.
Get an early start this morning. Squeeze in a half day of skiing along the Chickadee Trails, following the stream. The terrain is more woodsy here, but there's also an open flat area for honing your technique. Hop in the van for the drive to Winthrop to explore and have a bite of lunch on your own. Then it's back in the van to finish the remainder of the drive back to Seattle.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.