Winthrop is the hub of the largest cross-country skiing system in North America with over 200 km of trails that wind up several valleys and mountains that surround the Methow River. Adjacent to these incredible trails, are numerous mountains that are just a few minutes from home and when the snow is deep enough, these "frontcountry" mountains become a playground to backcountry skiers and riders. It is now March, when we expect the snows to taper off and head into spring, yet we are getting out into the hills exploring new terrain that I have never skied before. This place is rich with places to discover, which is one of the true pleasures of ski touring. Finding new runs, trying different aspects of slopes as the snow conditions dictate, being out with friends soaking in the majestic views of the Cascade Range, - all within a short drive from home. That is the beauty of this place. Sure, there are four seasons of outdoor activities to do here but no other sport can really match the wide open adventure of climbing up a new ridge in the winter and finding a great bowl to ski that is untouched and carving it up. Check out my YouTube channel for videos of some of these tours.