Vertfest is something I look forward to every year - even though I still haven't raced in it!  But I've gone over the course countless times, helping set it up for the races in 2011 and 2012.  This year I helped manage the course on race day, then its wiped away in the afternoon.

Dawn Patrol to do a final condition check of the course.
This year we had a lite rain that actually made the up-track
very sticky for skin contact, but poor edging.  The result was
that proficient skinners (who use edges and heal lifters less)
had a great advantage over those with less experience and

Take-off!  This is a 2000' climb to the top of the ski area,
then a ski down experts runs to the bottom - racers in the
expert division turned around and climb a second 1700'
up a more technical up-track.  The winner completed both
laps in under 40 minutes each.  Wicked impressive.

Afterwards, we had some fun - like blowing off a BCA
Float pack in this crowd...

Everyone hung out for the beer and celebration despite the rain.
I was particularly impressed with the women's division -
two of the podium winners were new moms!
Special thanks to the Summit at Snoqualmie, Outdoor Research, and to my own Pro Guiding Service was hosting, sponsoring, and supporting this event for another year!