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Ski races start

Pursuit race begins at Cub Creek trail

— The Methow Valley Pursuit ski race will be contested in abbreviated form Saturday starting at the Cub Creek trailhead.

Uneven snow conditions on the usual valley-floor race route necessitated moving the 30K race to the trailhead, Methow Valley Sport Trails Association Program Manager Danica Ready said.

Racers climb over Rendezvous Pass, and drop into the Rendezvous Basin, following the terrain of the Rendezvous Mountain Ski Tour.

A one-day race this year, the classic event has been canceled, with the individual skate race taking its place on Saturday, Ready said.

Skate skiers of all abilities are invited to try the challenging endurance course at their own pace.

In a first for Pacific Northwest Nordic skiing, the Methow Valley Pursuit is now on the acclaimed American Ski Marathon calendar, North America’s longest-running citizen’s racing and touring series.

Awards will be given to winners in each age category.

Other events in the two-day Nordic Festival weekend include Backyard Ski Day on Friday with free skiing on 75 kilometers of expertly groomed trails, free cross-country ski rentals and free lessons from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mazama Corral trailhead, junction of Lost River and Goat Creek roads.

A Nordic Festival Party and Dinner, a fundraiser for the Methow Valley Nordic Team, will be 5:30-9 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn, 51 N. Highway 20.

The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is a non-profit organization that connects people to the Methow Valley and supports community vitality.

The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association trail system includes over 120 miles of cross country ski trails in the winter months, and is recognized as one of the finest trail systems in North America for Nordic skiing, mountain biking, trail running and hiking.

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