If you ski Nordic style -- whether you're an intermediate or an expert -- you owe yourself at least one trip to the Rendezvous Huts. This is a semi-backcountry experience and even though this is a groomed trail, snow and weather conditions can change rapidly and you should be able to ski all conditions.
Our huts are simple and cozy frame buildings that sleep up to 8 people. Each is equipped with a full Kitchen (propane cook stove, lighters, matches, pots, pans, sufficient utensils) a wood stove heater and fuel, sleeping pads, propane lights, and a sanitary outhouse. In general, the main floor has a 48" double bunk bed and a single sitting/sleeping shelf by the fire. Upstairs, is additional sleeping, for 5 to 6 persons. Each hut varies slightly. The huts can be rented for overnight use, and they are also available to all day-use skiers as a warming hut.
Firewood is stockpiled at the huts. Water (5 gallons), and trash removal is handled with freight hauls. Those who choose not to have freight haul may need to boil water.
You may ski the hut and trail system from one hut to another, or travel loops on interconnecting trails. There is a TRAIL PASS FEE for every day that you ski the trail system. Passes are sold at several different establishments in downtown Winthrop and around the Valley.
Dogs are welcome at Heifer, Rendezvous, and Grizzly huts only. For details on dog-friendly ski trails in the Rendezvous area, please see the Methow Trails website.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFO:
Greetings hut guests. We hope this letter finds you healthy and as well as can be. We'd like to inform you about our plans for the winter season in order for you and your group to have time to make an informed decision about traveling and staying in the huts during these uncertain times.
We have been open for summer operations since June. With new cleaning procedures in place, we have had great success keeping our guests and staff safe. However, we will face new challenges during the winter season.
We will be open this winter with procedures and rules that we hope will only affect your experience minimally, while keeping you, our staff and our local community safe. I’ll layout below what we are going to do and what we need you to do.
Hut Policies and Procedures:
NEW freight drop-off, hut check-in and check-out times. We are implementing a firm check out and check-in time in order to thoroughly clean and sanitize the huts between groups. We need guests to be out of the hut by 10:30 am on their day of departure. Freight haulers will arrive between 10:30 am to 11:00 am to grab gear. We ask that all gear be ready and stacked outside the hut, to minimize exposure to our staff during freight hauls. We aim to have gear back at Cub Creek by 11:30. Guests heading in will need to have their gear dropped at Cub Creek by 11:30 am and should not enter their hut until 1:00pm, so plan your ski accordingly. This gap will allow time for our "hutkeeper" to thoroughly clean and sanitize each hut. There will be some flexibility for later arrivals, but please coordinate beforehand. Early check-in will not be an option. Also, letting the haulers know if you leave the hut before 10:30 am will help that day’s logistics. The best way to communicate is by texting Ben at 509 429 3644.
Cleaning procedures: All touch surfaces in the huts, including the mattresses, will be wiped down with a CDC approved cleaner. We will not have coversheets on the mattresses this year. We plan to use an electrostatic mister with a CDC approved solution throughout the hut. Staff will wear masks while inside the hut and while conversing with guests outside. We are charging a cleaning fee of $30 per reservation to partially cover these added costs.
Amenity changes: We will be taking out all dishware and silverware but will leave cookware. BYOD! Bring your own dishes. All the usual dish cleaning supplies will be available, including bleach. Instructions will be provided.
There will be no games, cards or puzzles supplied by us this year so plan accordingly.
Please do not leave extra items or food, thinking the next group may use it.
Day-use changes: There will be no day-use at the huts, including guests visiting other huts. We will have warming stations outside the huts for day-users and prolific signage. Please be firm about this rule if someone asks to come in. Obviously, emergencies are an exception.
What we need you to do:
Group-size guidelines: We highly recommend keeping your group size small (5 or less), keeping your groups to people within your household. Please refer to Washington State’s guidelines regarding indoor gatherings. Ultimately, the make-up of your group is your responsibility and you assume all the risk associated with that decision. Please understand that the decisions you make can affect not only our staff and community but could completely shut down our operation for a period of time.
COVID guidelines and cancellations: If anyone has had contact with an infected person within 14 days of your stay, DO NOT COME. If any guests are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, before or during your trip, DO NOT STAY. Err on the side of caution, please. Our cancellation policies will be extremely flexible to encourage cancellations for these reasons. If any COVID cases are contact traced back to the huts we will shut all huts down for 14 days. No exceptions.
Hut etiquette: Despite having a dedicated cleaner, we still need help from our guests to keep the huts clean during and after your stay. Our guests have always done a great job with this and we need your continued dedication to make this season successful.
Methow Trails: Methow Trails will continue to groom and care for the Rendezvous Trail System this year. Please ensure you purchase your trail passes for the entirety of your stay before arriving at the trailhead. Check out methowtrails.org for contact-free purchase options.
Questions or Concerns with our COVID policies?
Please call Rendezvous Huts directly (NOT Methow Reservations).
The winter booking calendar opens on a week-by-week basis. To reserve this week's dates, next year, the calendar is opened up on the next weekend. Sun thru Thurs-$175/night/, Fri/Sat-$200/night, 'Holidays'(which includes certain holiday periods)-$230/night. Tax added.
Freight Hauls- $95 + tax, per one-way haul to have your gear, food, water, extra skis, etc. hauled to your hut, from your hut, or between huts. Standard requirements for freight is one duffel per person and one cooler per 2-4 people
Family Package- For $425+ tax, treat yourself to 2 consecutive nights, Sunday-Thursday, in the same hut, plus 2 one-way freight hauls. Use discount code FAMILY during payment to receive this special. Not available 'christmas/new year week, and ski week (week after Pres Weekend.)
Cleaning Fee- $30/per hut stayed in overnight. If you stay at the same hut consecutive nights, you will only be charged for one cleaning fee. If you are staying at multiple huts in the reservation, you will be charged the cleaning fee for each hut stayed in overnight.