Head to Okanogan Country, where the lineup of bizarre, unusual and truly delightful happenings is sure to amuse even the most stoic of observers.

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If you find yourself unenthusiastic about the thought of a long winter full of the same-old, tired and  predictable events, then get yourself to Okanogan Country, where the lineup of bizarre, unusual and truly delightful happenings is sure to amuse even the most stoic of observers.

Probably the most famous of these infamous events would be the Conconully Annual Outhouse Races.  Only in Conconully can a race roster include names like “Butt Hutt,” “Krap N Ator,” “Level 2 Evac,” or the “Carlton Stool Bus,” but that’s what happens when you hold an outhouse race in the middle of the winter … people get a little … creative.

For the last quarter of a century, strictly constructed privies have scooted down the snow-packed Main Street in Conconully. Two people push, one must sit on the toilet seat with a roll of toilet paper.

This time-honored tradition has gained notorious popularity over the last few decades, making this a destination event that will keep you “Knee Deep” (winner of the 2017 Bucket race) in stories for years to come. The 2018 Race will be over Martin Luther King weekend, Jan. 13.

Just a couple of weekends later is the Snow Dog Super Mush, Washington’s biggest sled dog race, where sled dog racers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond come together to compete, again in fabulous Conconully. This year, Okanogan Country’s own Whiteout Racing Kennel, owned by 16-year-old Christina Gibson will be racing, as part of her plan to run the Junior Iditarod (yes, in Alaska!) in February. Go Christina!

In Conconully, Jan. 26, 2018 – Jan. 28, 2018.

The Annual NW Ice Fishing Festival

For those who have a robust sense of optimism, a tolerance for cold, and patience for spending hours staring into a bucket-sized hole in the snow, consider exercising your competitive spirit at the Annual NW Ice Fishing Festival in Molson. The date for this winter is Jan. 13, 2018. After the festival, you can wander around the deserted old Molson ghost town, which is even quieter (if such a thing were possible) in the snow.

Or if you just want to try it out for yourself (less pressure!) there are plenty of places to drill in and (eventually) dig into our big stocks of salmon, walleye, crappies and other fish if you’ve the inclination. There are plenty of outfitters in Okanogan Country who can give you the goods and basic know-how to get you freezing your bits off and waiting for bites in no time.

A fan of the Winter Olympics? So are the Olympians

Pro athletes are drawn to the Methow Valley trails. With five Olympics between them, Leslie Hall and Laura McCabe are perhaps the most notable local Olympians, having been on the Olympic teams from 1988-1998. More recent Olympians with Methow roots include the husband-and-wife team of Brian and Caitlin Gregg, and the brother/sister tandem of Erik and Sadie Bjornsen. In fact, despite its diminutive size the tiny town of Winthrop, in the Methow Valley, is said to have had a higher per capita ratio of athletes in the last winter Olympics than any town in America!

The Methow Valley Doggie Dash is another example of how the long, snowy winter brings out the bizarre in locals. This one you don’t want to miss. A long Methow tradition, dogs and their humans dig into the costume box and then hit the ski trails to compete in a six-legged race like no other. Humans must ski. Dogs must run. Both must be connected by a leash.  It’s that simple. And the champion team goes for the glory of the coveted Golden Poodle award. Book your lodging now, for Feb. 18th, 2018.

What? Not convinced? Then check out the brand-new, gorgeous 12 Tribes Resort Casino in Omak. If you haven’t made this winter memorable yet, then see if you strike it big and make it the best winter EVER. Or just enjoy the weekly entertainment, restaurants, spa, indoor pool and luxury suites at Washington’s newest casino.

Fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding – we could go on all day. You will find wide-open spaces teeming with wildlife, spectacular scenery and family fun. Let us help you plan your best family vacation ever with our Online Travel Planner.