Recreational Use

This section provides status and trend information on trail use in the Methow Valley. Information available on trail use is currently limited to the nordic ski trails. Summer trail use information will be added when the data become available. Data on the economic impacts of recreation and visitor use is available in a forthcoming report from TwispWorks and in the Resource Dimensions 2015 report available below.

Nordic Trails

Methow Trails records indicate that the number of skiiers using the Methow Trails’ nordic trails has been increasing over the past 12 years. Skier user days increased dramatically in the 2020-21 “COVID winter”, with the 2021-22 and 2022-23 winters having fewer skier days but still high compared to the 2010-11 to 2020-21 winters.

Number of Skier Days, 2010-2022

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Economic Impacts of the Methow Valley’s Trail System on the Local and Regional Economy

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Resource Dimensions, 2015

Last updated May 2023.

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