The Methow Valley economy traditionally upticks when the North Cascade Highway opens, usually in mid to late April. The long and busy summer visitor and recreation season grows steadily through spring and summer. Fall is known for beautiful weather and vibrant colors. A lively winter season begins with the holidays and lasts until the best snow is gone, usually mid March.
U.S. Forest Service, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, Assorted Salmon Recovery Agencies, the Methow Valley School District, Sun Mountain Lodge, businesses catering to recreation and tourism.
Annual average precipitation: 13 inches
-- Includes an average snowfall of 82 inches.
-- 12“ snow = 1” precipitation
-- The first snow usually falls in late October and continues into March.
-- December 1996 holds the record snowfall of 72” in a single storm!
Average daily low temperatures:
-- Teens in winter
-- 50s in summer
Average daily high temperatures:
-- 20s and 30s in winter
-- 80s and 90s in summer
-- High: 106° in 1939
-- Low: –48° in 1968
Methow Valley Total: 4.500 (approx.)
DATA FROM 2010 CENSUS: These figures do not reflect the 40% of households owned by part-time residents. Actual population is higher during peak season when both full- and part-time residents are here.
RENTAL HOMES: Start at $450 per month
PURCHASE HOMES/CABINS: $150,000 and up
LOTS & ACREAGE: $30,000 and up
The Valley has two medical clinics: the Country Clinic in Winthrop, with three physicians and a Physicians Assistant, and Methow Valley Family Practice in Twisp, with a physician and PA. There are three dental offices, several naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists, counselors, and midwives. The local Aero Methow Rescue has four ambulances with a staff of full-time paramedics and qualified emergency medical technicians. Hospitals are located in Brewster (43 miles from Winthrop) and Omak (46 miles from Winthrop). Ulrich’s Pharmacy in Twisp provides full-service prescription services. Room One (in Twisp) provides a variety of community services, including support groups, access to state services and ongoing classes. Jamie’s Place provides assisted living in Winthrop. The Methow Valley now has three veterinary clinics.
To keep you in shape for recreation, Winthrop Fitness and Physical Therapy offers a beautiful exercise facility and a variety of ongoing classes year round.
The Methow Valley School District includes Methow Valley Elementary (K-6) and Liberty Bell Jr/Sr High (7-12), both located between Twisp and Winthrop, as well as an alternative school located in Twisp. Winthrop has both a private Montessori school (preschool and K) and a private Community School (1-8).
Radio: KTRT 97.5 FM in Winthrop
KOZI 103.1 FM in Chelan
KPBX 91.1 FM in Spokane (NPR)
Newspaper: The Methow Valley News—Twisp
Television: available by Satellite
Internet: methownet.com (local)
DSL from CenturyLink
North Cascades Smokejumper Base, located between Twisp and Winthrop on East County Road, with a 5,050’ lighted runway and self-service fuel
Twisp Municipal Airport, located at the south end of Twisp, with a 2,500’ lighted runway and no services
Lost River Airstrip, located 7 miles NW of Mazama, a gravel/grass strip with no services
Gabby Cabby / cab - recreation transport
Mountain Transporter - recreation / regional
Methow Ride Share - ride share connections
Senior / disabled Bus - Twisp Senior Center
MVSTA Shuttle during Nordic Ski season only