Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email

January 10, 2010 in Outdoors
Photo courtesy of Kristen Smith photo

<< Young ski racers advance their skills during racing events on Methow Valley ski trails. Photo courtesy of Kristen Smith

Rich Landers photo

Winthrop-area skier Kip Roberts, formerly of Spokane, gets a workout with his canine companion on Cougar Bait Trail, one of several Methow Valley groomed nordic routes open to dogs.

Rich Landers photo

From left, Zola Barnwell and Dashiell and Karsten Stucke make good use of their snow time while John Stucke, right, and other parents get ready for skiing from one of five backcountry huts available for rent in the Methow Valley. The wood-heated huts are among the wide range of basic to luxury accommodations along the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association trails.