Methow Valley ski scene thrives while alpine resorts wait for snow

While warm temperatures are bumming out skiers and snowboarders around the Northwest, there is one Washington ski area where the snow is good.

The cross country skiing mecca that is the Methow Valley will enter the holiday vacation period in better shape than its alpine skiing counterparts.

“Yes, we have been very fortunate in the Methow,” said Kristen Smith of Methow Trails. “We have been skiing since just before Thanksgiving and the cross-country ski conditions are great. More snow falling this week as well. For people looking for a white Christmas they can certainly find it here. … It will be a great holiday.”

Small but continual snowfalls have help keep the trails in decent shape. According to methowtrails.org, more than 40 miles have been groomed since Wednesday. They’ve groomed more than 2,000 miles this year. On Thursday the best conditions were expected to be at Sun Mountain and in Mazama. Trails are also open for fat biking.