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This weekend MVSTA is hosting the Methow Valley Pursuit – two days of Nordic ski races. Today is a skate race with skiers going the 30k from Mazama to Winthrop. It is a slow course today with lots of new snow and more falling during the race. Yesterday was the classic race that began and ended at Winthrop’s Town Trailhead. During the race I helped with traffic control where the trail crosses Twin Lakes Road. In between cars, I made a few images.



Nicely groomed trails ready for racers and other skiers


This fellow biked up from town


He just wanted to go skiing. The course was open to any skiers – we just asked that they watch out for the racers


And off he goes


Lots of really excellent racers in this field




Great fashions


All ages


And always – having fun!




This week, Mother Nature has brought our valley some wonderful airy powder snow! What a delight. So light, easy to shovel. One lady said she used her leaf blower to get it off her porch.

Neighbor Shelley asked me this afternoon if it was alright if she started some classic ski tracks across our hillside. Oh Yeah. She and her dogs were soon scooting through the spindrift snow as more was coming down. A little while later I moved myself away from the computer and went in search of the old fish scale classic skis and the glide wax and then had to look  for the poles before finding them out in the shop with a hoard of other ski poles. We could outfit a few skiers with our outdated equipment.

And the dogs wanted to go along. They already had a morning walk. And Luna and I had done some skate skiing in the soft snow at Big Valley this morning too. That was a real effort. So off we went, up our trail and then along the road to a vacation house where we found Shelley’s tracks coming from the other side of the hill. It was a bit much for Sam, the brown dog, so I thought maybe a shortcut back home would be a good idea. It was quite a pull up a steep hillside but eventually the old dogs made it up and then we were on our regular trail heading downhill towards home. The dogs will sleep well tonight.


Gliding through the powder!




Kelly can barely see or hear. She’s a real trooper. And nearly 14! Her birthday is Valentines Day.


Sam wants to go. She will will herself to go despite old age and arthritis


And Luna. Can you see me?


Our little camper is in that barn with the plastic doors. Waiting for summer.


Whoosh whoosh whoosh!


Kelly is thinking. Home is right over there. Put the camera away and let’s get going. It’s nearly dinner time and I need to lay down for a while.








Skate skiing is meant to be done on groomed trails. The MVSTA folks do a good job – grooming many if not all of the 200k of trails every night. That’s great after a fresh snow fall. Today I made the mistake of going skiing right when the heaviest snow came down, at least on the lower part of the Community Trail. It must have snowed a couple inches in the hour or so I was out there. And I don’t have any glasses or goggles for this type of weather so there I went with my head facing down to keep the snow out of my eyes! It wasn’t too cold and the snow was light and powdery and my skis glided through it pretty easily but still, it wasn’t as much fun as other days out there. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy for any snow that falls this winter. My timing was just bad for skiing today. The skies are clearing now.



Only 25k to Mazama


5k back to town!




This turned into another bluebird skies afternoon of skiing.
on the way

Hairy Woodpecker working the lichens on an MVSTA sign at Mazama.
Hairy Woodpecker

Great skate skiing on the Community Trail
Great conditions on the community trail

Goat Peak in my rear view mirror
Goat Peak in my rear view mirror

Sam will swim any time of the year.
sam swims

Winter is hard on mule deer
Winter is a hard time for deer


This was last weekend.
Things were different this weekend.
skiing in Big Valley
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