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Vertfest: Festival of Freeride and Mountain Mettle February 18 to 19 at Alpental in Washington

February 8th, 2012

“Vertfest is filled with awesomesauce!”

VertFest is the biggest sidecountry and backcountry skiing and snowboarding festival and rando rally race in the NW. Come join us for the 6th annual Festival of Freeride and Mountain Mettle!

When: February 18 and 19, 2012

Where: Alpental at the Summit on Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.

All proceeds from VertFest support the Friend’s of NWAC, so you have no reason not to join in the fun! Thefestival kicks off Saturday with the Monika Johnson Memorial Rally and the Stanley Cup Fun Race. Saturday will be capped by the gear-filled awards ceremony, including our Karve sidecountry pack prizes, and live music with Daydream Vacation and headliner Head Like a Kite. The beer will be flowing after racers cross the finish line, so come join in the festivities and catch up with your friends even if you don’t tape on a bib number. Clinics will be on Sunday with some of the best athletes and guides in the business. Take a look below for information on all of the race categories and individual events. Gear vendors will be on hand both Saturday and Sunday to show you the latest gear for sidecountry skiing and riding. Check out gear from Outdoor Research, Jones Snowboards, Osprey, Scarpa and many, many more.

We’re especially excited for our Sidecountry Steeps clinic with Osprey athlete Kim Havell. Check it out:

AM clinic – 9am to noon

PM clinic (women’s only) – 1pm to 4pm

Learn to ski the steeps with renowned skier Kim Havell. Kim’s travels have taken her to all seven continents for steep descents on peaks such as Ama Dablam and Aconcagua. Kim’s knowledge and skill as a guide and instructor will help you build skills for navigating steep terrain and boost the confidence you need to ski the steep lines here in the Cascades or beyond. Participants must have a season pass or purchase a lift ticket.

Learn about the rest of the clinics here. Stay updated on event details on the Facebook page here. And don’t forget to buy your tickets for each event. See you there!

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