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Vertfest is a multi-stop mountain festival dedicated to raising the level of backcountry stoke in the Northwest, improving backcountry skills and increasing avalanche awareness. From its humble beginnings 11 years ago as a small randonee race with 50 participants at the Alpental ski area, Vertfest has grown to what this year is a two-stop tour involving races, demos, clinics and festivities at both Alpental and Mt Bachelor. We hope you will join us at one or both events for what promises to be a highlight of your winter.

 



Vertfest Alpental 2018 | February 17 and 18 | 

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Schedule

Saturday, February 17
8 am: Vendor Village opens. Free demos from our sponsors.  Sign-up at the NWAC tent.
8:00 - 8:45: Clinic Registration
9 am - 12 pm: Morning Clinics
9 am - 4 pm: All day Seminars
9 am - 3 pm: NEW Snowshoe Clinic
11:00 - 2:30pm: NEW Beacon Rally 
12:00 - 12:45: Afternoon Clinic Check-in 
1 pm- 4 pm: Afternoon Clinics
2 pm: Live music, party, and beer
4 pm: Demo gear returns due, Vendor Village closes

Sunday, February 18
7:30 am: Racer Check-in / Day-of Registration
8 am: Vendor Village opens. Free demos from our sponsors.  Sign-up at the NWAC tent.
9 am: Racer Meeting
10 am: Race start
10:00am: Rookie Rally (to start immediatly after the full race) 
2:30 pm: Last racers cleared from course
3 pm: Award ceremony, raffle and beer
4 pm: Demo gear returns due, Vendor Village closes


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**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**
Racers with an Alpental Seasons pass: Purchase a "Race" ticket for $45

Racers without an Alpental Pass: Purchase a "Race w/o Summit Season pass" for $75

Participation in Clinics: Purchase a "Day Vertfest Lift Ticket"  if you do not have a seasons pass AND the clinic you want to participate in. 

To compete in the race you must have a helmet, beacon, shovel, and probe. 

You must attend the racer meeting at 9am to participate in the race

The first 150 racers to sign up will recieve a Vertfest t-shirt and swag cup courtsey of MiiR 

Race Categories and Route Descriptions

The Alpental Vertfest race is challenging! While you don’t need to be super human, you should be an advanced skier and have some experience using skins. With the exception of the Rookie Rally, all race categories ski on advanced/black diamond terrain, and, depending on conditions, may involve steep boot packing on the ascent. 
  • Elite (2 laps): This is the race that put Vertfest on the map! You don’t need a skin suit (though there will be some on the course) but you better be in shape. The first lap goes to the top of chair 2 and back down to the base. The second lap ventures into the Alpental backcountry and tops out at Piss Pass. Racer times typically range from 2 to 3 hours.  You will have earned your beer if you take this on!
  • Recreational (1 lap): The Rec race mirrors the Elite race, but only for the first lap. This is for the mere mortals among us. You can race it or just come out and join the fun. Costumes are encouraged!  Times typically range from 1–2.5 hours, with a few stragglers usually coming in at around 3 hours.  
  • Heavy Mettle (200+ lbs w/o gear – 1 lap): Same as the recreational course.  We give the Clydesdales a break.
  • Splitboard (1 lap): Same as the recreational course. Splitboarding is harder on the uphill than being on those skinny rando skis, so we keep it to one lap. However, the hardcore splitboarders are welcome to join the Elite race!
  • Rookie Rally/Team Sprint (short lap): New this year, the inaugural Rookie Rally / Team Sprint is for those new to the sport and those who don’t want to go it alone.  Grab a partner and stick together as you race from the base of Alpental to the top of the Sessel lift and back.  Teams must finish the race together, so don’t get spread out on the course!  Rookies don’t have backcountry gear? You can demo it at the Vendor Village!

Clinic Descriptions 

All half and full day clinics will take place on 2/17

Clinics offer an array of workshops designed to include everyone from those who have never been on skins to the experienced backcountry enthusiast. If you don't have a Alpental seasons pass, you must purchase a day or weekend pass to Alpental through Eventbrite.
 
1/2 Day Clinics 
 
  • Steep Skiing Technique - 9:00am -12:00pm
Details on required gear, experience and more here.
Instructor: Kate Hourihan 
Learn to ski the steeps, navigate steep terrain, and boost your confidence to ski the burliest lines here in the Cascades and beyond. Taught by guides and ski instructors with strong steep skiing resumes.
  • Steep Skiing Technique - 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
    Details on required gear, experience, and more here.
Learn to ski the steeps, navigate steep terrain, and boost your confidence to ski the burliest lines here in the Cascades and beyond. Taught by guides and ski instructors with strong steep skiing resumes.
 
  • SheJumps Freeride Clinic - 9 - 12:00pm    

         Details on required gear, experience, and more  here.

Up your freeride game with Krystin Norman! Build confidence in steep and narrow terrain; learn to select and use terrain features; gain strategies for top-to-bottom skiing, and develop your flow, style, and energy.

  • SheJumps Freeride Clinic - 1 - 4pm

Details on required gear, experience, and more here.

Up your freeride game with Krystin Norman! Build confidence in steep and narrow terrain; learn to select and use terrain features; gain strategies for top-to-bottom skiing, and develop your flow, style, and energy.

  • Companion Rescue Workshop - 9:00am -12:00pm

Are your rescue skills tuned up? Practice and refine your companion rescue response, from scene safety to strategic shoveling. Since rescue skills are perishable, yearly practice is a minimum for backcountry travelers. Clinic taught by qualified AIARE instructors
 
  • Companion Rescue Workshop - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Details on required gear, experience, and more here.
Are your rescue skills tuned up? Practice and refine your companion rescue response, from scene safety to strategic shoveling. Since rescue skills are perishable, yearly practice is a minimum for backcountry travelers. Clinic taught by qualified AIARE instructors.
 
  • Intro to ice climbing - 9-12pm 

Details on required gear, experience, and more here.
Have you wanted to try ice climbing? This clinic will give you an introduction to the tools and techniques of steep ice, with an emphasis on movement fundamentals and terrain selection. We’ll take the lift up and descend briefly to the Drip; bring skis or snowshoes for the descent if you like. Taught by qualified guides.

  • Intro to ice climbing - 1-4pm 

Details on required gear, experience, and more here.
Have you wanted to try ice climbing? This clinic will give you an introduction to the tools and techniques of steep ice, with an emphasis on movement fundamentals and terrain selection. We’ll take the lift up and descend briefly to the Drip; bring skis or snowshoes for the descent if you like. Taught by qualified guides.

 
Full Day Clinics 
 
  • Introduction to Ski/Splitboard Touring 9:00am-3:00pm

More details on required gear, experience, and details here.

This is a good way to learn more about backcountry ski touring. We’ll focus on skinning technique, track setting, and hazard management. We’ll also discuss each of the skill sets that come together to make a successful tour happen, and share time-tested methods of developing each one.

 

  • Snowshoe Clinic 9:00am - 3:00pm 

Details here.

Learn how to enjoy the winter mountains while avoiding avalanche danger. We’ll take our classroom outside into the beautiful forests of Commonwealth basin. Along the way, we’ll learn the fundamentals of how and where avalanches occur, as well as how to reduce our risk –beginning with the planning process.

 

 

FAQ

 
What equipment do I need to participate in the race?
You must wear a helmet and carry a beacon, shovel and probe.
 
What equipment do I need to participate in a clinic?
Equipment will vary depending on the clinic. If you are taking an introductory clinic and need backcountry touring equipment, you may be able to demo it at Vertfest.
 
Can I demo gear if I am not taking a clinic or racing?
Yes – anyone is welcome to demo gear at Vertfest.
 
Why do I need to buy a lift ticket?
The Summit at Snoqualmie dedicates a great deal of staff time to Vertfest.  Your discounted ticket helps to defray some of those costs.
 
Isn’t Vertfest just a randonee race?
No!  Vertfest is a full weekend festival involving equipment demos, clinics and après ski festivities.
 
Why do I need to show up at registration (early)?
You need to pick up your race number and attend the pre-race meeting.
 
Can I practice skinning uphill in the resort prior to race day? 
Yes, you can practice during hours of operation but Alpental ski patrol asks that you contact patrol dispatch (guest services or the bottom of Armstrong Express can help you contact patrol) before traveling uphill. 
 

 

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