We are just winding down from what may have been the most successful Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival thus far, thanks to the enthusiasm and expertise of our guest athlete and guide Jamie Laidlaw, the endless stoke of the attendees, and the support from our sponsors and volunteers.
All of our clinics filled to capacity this year, and skiers enjoyed exceptionally good backcountry skiing conditions thanks to a cold and snowy winter in the East. Participants in the Introduction to Avalanche Safety and Rescue clinic also benefited from the unusually deep snowpack during their field work sessions. The free demos and clinics at Otis Mountain were crowded with first-time and experienced backcountry skiers alike looking to try new ski gear from Dynafit, Black Diamond, Voile, SCARPA, La Sportiva, G3 and the latest avalanche safety equipment from Mammut. On Saturday evening, Jamie Laidlaw packed the house at Keene Arts with his compelling slideshow documenting his ski mountaineering adventures around the world. We’re already planning next year’s Ski Fest – you won’t want to miss it!
In the meantime, if you’re planning any ski adventures for next season, consider joining The Mountaineer for a backcountry ski trip to British Columbia in March 2016 at the Icefall Lodge. All the details can be found here. There are still a few openings, and registration closes soon, so be sure to check it out!
A few photos from the weekend’s festivities at Otis Mountain and the Adirondack Backcountry:
Check out these videos below from veteran Ski Fest participant Gray Watkins and guide Matt Shove!