Vertfest 2011 Starts Today!!

Just in case you missed my post from two weeks ago - Vertfest 2011 starts today - a weekend gathering of the backcountry tribe, a time to share gear, beer, and stories at Snoqualmie Pass.

Clinics on Saturday by the uber-talented backcountry ski guides from Pro Guiding Service and Outdoor Research athletes at Alpental Ski Area.  These clinics are all 75-85% filled, but the event managers at Alpental, Outdoor Research, and Pro Guiding Services are making sure that there is enough staffing to not turn anyone away - walk-ins are welcome!

Movies Saturday night showing the Backcountry Film Festival at the North Bend Theatre.

On Sunday there's a Randonee Race up and around Alpental Ski Area with Recreation and Race divisions - this is a perfect venue to try your first rando rally!  I worked all day yesterday - and will wrap it up today - with other guides from Pro Guiding Service and the Alpental Ski Patrol to set up the race course.  It follows almost the identical line to last years, with a few improvements to make crowd/race management a little better.  Its a sick course - especially the Race Divisions second uphill lap!  I'm half-disappointed that I can't be there tomorrow, and half-relieved I have to go guiding instead!

Vertfest 2011
Alpental Ski Area and North Bend Theatre
12-13 February
Ticket price varies by clinics, movie night, and race fee.  Online ticket sales are closed, so bring some extra cash to pay at the door.
Kid friendly!

Race Map