Winthrop Realty
509-996-2121

ECONOMIC TRENDS

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. 

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

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.

TOWN ELEVATIONS

          Mazama:          2012’

          Winthrop:         1765’

          Twisp:              1637’

          Carlton:            1414’

PRECIPITATION

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!

TEMPERATURES

Average daily low temperatures:
    -- Teens in winter
    -- 50s in summer

Average daily high temperatures:
    -- 20s and 30s in winter
    -- 80s and 90s in summer

Record Temps:
    -- High:   106° in 1939
    -- Low:    –48° in 1968

 

POPULATION

Methow Valley Total:  4.500 (approx.)

Winthrop:     308 
                      (+/-87)

Twisp:          997              
                         (+/-274)

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.

 

HOUSING COSTS
RENTAL HOMES:    Start at $450 per month

PURCHASE HOMES/CABINS:    $150,000 and up

LOTS & ACREAGE:     $30,000 and up

 

MEDICAL CARE

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.

FITNESS CENTER

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.

SCHOOLS

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).

 

MEDIA

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)

                 methow.com (local)

                 DSL from CenturyLink

                 Satellite providers

AIRPORTS

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


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

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