My goal was the first thing I saw when I woke up. Pulling back the curtains from the bedroom window there it was, a shuttered Goat Peak Lookout, five thousand snowy feet above the Methow Valley floor. The snow has been gone from the valley (2,000’ elev.) for weeks. They stopped grooming the community cross country ski trails April first, but Snowtel sites are reporting upwards of one hundred inches of snow at 6,800 feet. So somewhere between my warm bedroom and the wind swept summit of Goat Peak I was going to ride into snow, and a lot of it.