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CLINICS

The Pacific Northwest classic:  Vertfest has been fueling the randonee stoke out of Alpental since it's inception 12 years ago.  Since then, it has grown into a true festival with races, clinics, demos, and a heck of a good party put on by the Northwest Avalanche Center.  Whether you're a hardened winter adventurer or just getting into snowy backcountry travel, we have a clinic or seminar for you.

This year we're excited to announce that the Randonee Race is being incorporated into the Snowgoat Skimo series. Race options will include an Elite Race Distance, Recreation Distance, and a Heavy Mettle category within each.  More information here.

The race will descend some double black diamond and off-piste runs, so race participants need to be comfortable navigating this terrain.  Depending on conditions, the course might have a steep bootpack as well.

DETAILS

Date: 2/17/2019
Time: 8AM - 6PM
Location: Alpental | The Summit at Snoqualmie
What: Randonee Race | Clinics | Demos | Party

SCHEDULE

7:30AM  - 8:30AM  | Race Registration
8:00AM - 4:00PM  | Gear Demos
9:00AM - 12:00PM | Morning Clinics
10:00AM -  3:00PM| Full day clinics
10:00AM                  | Race Start

11:00AM - 11:45AM | Red Flag & Snowpit Short Clinics *
12:00PM - 12:45PM|Snowpit & Observations Short Clinics*
12:00PM - 12:45PM| Afternoon Clinic Check-in
1:00PM   - 4:00PM | Afternoon Clinics

1:00PM - 1:45PM    | Observations & Red Flag Short Clinics*
12:00PM                   | Beer tent opens
2:00PM - 3:00PM   | Race Award Ceremony
3:00PM - 6:00PM   | Party & Raffle

*New! Join NWAC professionals for free 45 Min sessions!c

A BACKCOUNTRY FESTIVAL FOR ALL

APRIL 7 2019 | 8AM-6PM

ALPENTAL AT SNOQUALMIE PASS

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CLINIC DESCRIPTIONS


Steep Skiing Techniques 
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00
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 Free Ride Clinic 
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00
Up your freeride game with our amazing instructors! 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.

 Avalanche Rescue Clinic 
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00
Are your rescue skills tuned up? Practice and refine your avalanche 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.

 Backcountry Self Rescue Clinic 
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00
Practice self-rescue skills with Medic One staff. Learn how to splint, create a hypothermic wrap, refresh your CPR skills, and more patient care techniques that you can provide in the backcountry.

 Intro to Ice Climbing 
Time: 1:00 – 4:00
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 Ski Touring 
Time: 9:00 – 3:00
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.

 Intro to Splitboarding
Time: 9:00 – 3:00
This is a good way to learn more about how to make smoother transitions and learn to travel more efficiently on your splitboard. 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 
Time: 9:00 – 3:00
Learn how to enjoy the winter mountains while avoiding avalanche danger. We’ll take our classroom outside and along the PCT near Summit West. 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.

Party sponsored by:

Thank you for you patience as we re-scheduled Vertfest! We've locked on a new date, and will be holding all festivities including the race, clinics, party, and demos on April 7th, 2019. The schedule will remain largely unchanged but do keep an eye out for any updates below.