Highway 20 is closed for the season. This means Mazama is back to that quaint hamlet at the end of the road! Time to switch gears and start thinking of winter - here's what we know:
There isn't currently enough snow to nordic ski anywhere on the valley floor and Methow Trails is not grooming yet. Hoping for some snow in Mazama just before Thanksgiving - keeping our fingers crossed for a bunch!
Highway 20 will remain open to the Silverstar Gate 7 miles west of Mazama.
Highway 20 has enough snow over the pavement to ski and snowmobile as of November 18. It is thin down low and gets deeper and better as you approach Cutthroat.
Good backcountry ski conditions were reported after this last storm although coverage was thin at the lower elevations. Another foot or two should open a lot of terrain and that is what is in the forecast for this week!
It will be worth digging in the snow after the next storm event as we have had a shallow snowpack with cold temperatures and some crusts that may have facets buried. The next storm looks to be warm and wet which could stress the lower density layers below.
Fat biking is prime on most valley trails including the Community Trail, Jack's Trail, and even places like Buck Mountain. Call for rentals!
Spokane Gulch, Driveway Butte, and Cedar Creek have been the local's choices for hiking with minimal snow coverage.
The Goat's Beard has been gearing up for winter and we have the latest in backcountry skis, boots, bindings, and avalanche packs. We offer a 15% discount on package purchases and free mounting if you buy the skis or bindings from us which is a $60 value! If you do a price comparison, you will find we complete very closely with online sales!
And Micki has selected an amazing assortment of clothing this winter. Stop by to see the super fun Kari Traa line from Norway!