Methow Valley Sport Trails Association's 120 miles of manicured snow pathways unfurl through a scenic landscape of valleys, forests, and mountains. Adventurers spend three consecutive days carving swathes through the powdered paths, with gently rolling areas for beginners, lengthy climbs for veterans, and loop-the-loops for skiers with rockets strapped to their backs. Coast through the 30-kilometer Methow Community Trail, which traverses the Foster-Twalks Suspension Bridge and bows low to the Methow River. On the machine-groomed tracks of the Mazama Trails, newcomers glide through flat farmlands, and the Sun Mountain Trails have an even mix of easy, intermediate, and difficult runs that all end at the doorstep of a warm hut.
Bear Mountain's picturesque, 350-acre course unfolds alongside the Wenatchee National Forest, and the course’s natural plateaus and elevation gains of 700 feet expose golfers to breathtaking views of Lake Chelan and the surrounding high-desert mountainscape. Built in 2005, the course accommodates golfers of all experience levels with five tee boxes per hole, giving a golf-resistant first-timer a chance to get to know his or her neighborhood’s PGA pro in residence. Your Groupon also includes unlimited range balls and a GPS-equipped golf cart, which will spare you the terror of getting lost and suddenly finding yourself on the Autobahn.
The Wenatchee River winds along 85-year-old Leavenworth Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 71 course, which features a sculpted landscape of arboreal alleyways and a backdrop of mountain peaks. The river runs the length of holes 6 and 11, forcing golf balls to choose between finishing at the hole or fulfilling dreams of becoming fishing bobbers. Two ponds come into play on five other holes, and stately pines line most of the course’s emerald fairways.
Golfers looking to improve their swing mechanics can enroll in lessons with a PGA professional or PGA and LPGA assistant professionals. Before jump-starting their day on the course, club guests can fuel up with a hearty country-style meal at The Wild Huckleberry.
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From the 6,820-foot elevation at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, the peaks of Mount Adams and Mount Rainier are visible to the southeast. The view is the first of several spectacular vistas at the resort, where 36 trails span across 2,000 acres and sunshine and dry snow occur regularly. Trails in the Cascade Mountains range from double-black-diamond plunges at the top of the mountain to easy green runs for beginners. The B.24 Terrain Park and JIBerator Rope Tow Park feature freestyle terrain for skiing and boarding, along with rails, boxes, and jumps. Experienced slope-conquerors offer lessons for fledgling mountaineers, and the resort brims with shopping, dining, and lodging options nearby for long-term visitors. Wineries and breweries are also nearby, and Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is 19 kilometres from Wentachee and 56 kilometres from Leavenworth.
Aah Day Spa's menu takes its cues from nature, offering a variety of botanical- and vitamin-infused treatments. African shea butter and Dead Sea mud hydrate the whole body during wrap treatments while facials use carrot and avocados to firm the skin or Greek yogurt and honey to soothe inflammation. Organic and vegan ingredients are the basis for the spa’s preferred makeup brand, EMANI, which Aah Day Spa's makeup artists use to doll up clients for weddings and other special events. And in the soaking room, guests can sip on a cup of hot organic tea or cool spring water while they let feet relax in a basin of warm water before nail technicians refresh digits with paraffin treatments and nail art.
By the age of 30, Stephanie Howard's extreme athleticism had nearly run her body into the ground. She was participating in physically demanding sports, from snow-ski racing and water-ski jumping to 197-mile relay marathons and even playing volleyball while pregnant. Stephanie had severely traumatized her spine in the process, suffering from compressions that landed her in physical therapy, chiropractic sessions, and regular injections at a pain clinic. Everyone told her this could only end one way—with surgery.
Stephanie refused to believe such extreme measures were necessary, and, on a whim, enrolled in a hot yoga school. Not only did her pain begin to subside, but she found herself gaining strength in her back. Hot yoga was the cure she needed. She eventually opened Yoga Hot Spot, starting out teaching 10 classes a week on her own before expanding to three locations with a team of experienced instructors. Each class takes place in a heated studio and explores various techniques including hatha, power vinyasa flow, and giving nicknames to individual beads of sweat.