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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.


Date: 4/7/2019
Time: 8AM - 6PM
Location: Alpental | The Summit at Snoqualmie
What: Randonee Race | Clinics | Demos | Party


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 | Spring Observations*
12:00PM - 12:45PM|Planning without a Forecast*
12:00PM - 12:45PM| Afternoon Clinic Check-in
1:00PM   - 4:00PM | Afternoon Clinics

1:00PM - 1:45PM    | Terrain Use: Winter and Spring*
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!

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APRIL 7 2019 | 8AM-6PM



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  
In this freeride skiing clinic, our coaches will help advanced to expert level resort skiers push their skiing to a higher level and improve confidence in off-piste, variable, steep, and technical terrain. Participants will receive individualized feedback on their style and technique, as well as tips to improve control, read terrain, and choose an interesting yet safe line down the mountain, ultimately improving fluidity and overall energy.  

Avalanche Rescue Clinic
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00  
Do you know how to effectively and efficiently use your avalanche rescue equipment? 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 for backcountry travelers. Clinic taught by qualified AIARE instructors. 

Backcountry Patient Care Clinic 
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 minimum 
Experts say that the rescue starts once the avalanche victim has been unburied, do you have the skills to extricate your friends from the field or keep them safe while you wait for help to arrive? 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. 

Prepping for Volcano Season
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 
Are you looking to the skyline and wondering how rad it would be to stand atop one of our iconic volcanoes? As we transition from winter to spring it might be time to put away the snowshoes and sharpen up the crampons for some summit bids! This intro to mountaineering clinic will cover proper crampon wear and use, basic rope travel techniques, and self-arrest. It is intended for those new to spring and summer mountaineering. 

Prepping for Volcano Season 
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 
The days are getting longer, warmer, and lets admit it, a tad more pleasant. Are you thinking of bigger objectives and eyeing some lines on our volcanoes? As we transition from winter to spring it might be time to rethink how the season will impact your tour! This intro to ski mountaineering clinic will cover what equipment to consider, how to anticipate transitions, and tour planning without an avalanche forecast. 

 Intro to Ski Touring 
Time: 9:00 – 3:00  
Are you thinking of hopping out of the lift line and exploring the backcountry? 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 Crevasse Rescue 
Time: 9:00 – 3:00  
As we head into “volcano season” are you ready to perform crevasse rescue if you or your partner were to fall into a crack? This clinic will introduce you to the necessary knots, gear, and systems required to perform group crevasse rescue. It is intended for both new and experienced students who want to either learn or practice crevasse rescue in preparation for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.   

Spring Observations 
11:00 - 11:45; 1:00 - 1:45 
Join NWAC staff in this short clinic and learn how to make spring observationsSpring time offers its own avalanche challenges and sets of observations. Train your brain to look for these clues as you tour throughout the day in the spring. 

Planning without a Forecast 
11:00 – 11:45 & 12:00 – 12:45  
NWAC stops forecasting mid-April, but you still want to get in the backcountry and access avalanche terrain. Learn how to plan your tour without an avalanche forecast with NWAC staff. This short clinic will help you think about timing, equipment, and conditions to help you make better decisions in your day. 

Terrain Use: Winter and Spring
Time: 12:00 - 12:45; 1:00 - 1:45  
Join NWAC staff in conversation about how our terrain choices change seasonally based on weather, snow stability, aspects, time of year, and solar radiation. We’ll focus on how to plug these seasonal patterns into your spring and summer time tours.