Another exciting VertFest has been wrapped in a blanket of fresh snow and put safely to bed, and oh what a fantastic event it was! The biggest side and backcountry skiing/boarding festival and rando race in the Northwest lived up to its billing and was certainly filled with plenty of “awesomesauce” and “mountain mettle” as promised.
We’re pretty excited to be en route to the Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington for Vertfest this weekend, so in order to keep our energy up and our toes tapping we’ve been rocking out to beats from Daydream Vacation and Head Like A Kite. The bands will be performing at Vertfest on Saturday. What’s better than ending a day of skiing with a beer and a dance party? That’s right. Nothing.
But even if you can’t join us for the festivities this weekend, you can still have a dance party… enjoy!
“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.
For 10 years, the dream lingered, but the clutter of modern living pressed it into submission. Still clinging to a young man’s dreams, Fitz Cahall and his wife Becca revived their youthful vision of summits and faint trails by abandoning work and the city for the wilderness… The Love Letter follows a pair of climbers in search of new and classic routes along the difficult to reach stretches of the Sierra spine. It is a climbing film less focused on summits than the process of attaining them. In the clutter of the modern world, can wilderness still restore the human spirit? We would like to think so. This is our love letter to wild places.
Vertfest, organized by Outdoor Research, is the largest backcountry festival and rando rally race in the Northwest with all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. Osprey’s Director of Marketing Gareth Martins competed in last weekend’s race and gives us the inside scoop…
“I am a backcountry skier.” “I like to earn my turns.” “I enjoy the uphill (almost) as much as the downhill.” These thoughts cycle through my head as I charge up hill with 121 other skiers. “I enjoy running my heart rate at 90% of max?!” This thought joins the cycle as I fall into line my tips inches from the tails in front of me, tips behind me tapping my tails, keeping me moving. I am competing in my first “Rondo Rally” and I will survive.