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!
Alpental Ski Area and North Bend Theatre
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.