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Welcome to SKIFEST 2018!

Friday March 2, 2017: 

Mammut Snow Safety Night (FREE) Join representatives from Mammut North America for a  night of Q&A, (BEER and Fondue too, Mammut is “SWISS”) about Mammut snow safety products and avalanche awareness from 3:30-5:30pm at The Mountaineer. Mammut will be raffling off a FREE shovel and probe package to one lucky winner. (Must be present at the Q&A that evening)Image result for mammut snow safety workshop

 Saturday March 3, 2017:

Guided Backcountry Tours & Instructional Clinics
(Advance Registration Required; Please Review Ability Level Guidelines Above)

High Peaks Traverse ($95)  (intermediate nordic skiers) – Guided point-to-point cross-country ski tour through rugged Avalanche Pass, from Upper Works to the Adirondack Loj. This is your chance to do the classic traverse with a great group of skiers and without the need to organize a drop off. Participants should be prepared for a long (13 mile) day, and are encouraged to use lighter weight XCD touring gear rather than heavy-duty telemark/AT gear. Madshus XCD ski demos are available as well as limited boots-if you have your own boots please bring them (3-pin compatible only if you are using our demo skis).

FULL-Advanced Tour ($155) (advanced-expert skiers with prior backcountry experience) – A full day tour to a backcountry slide in the High Peaks. Guides will review equipment, relevant techniques and hazard assessment along the way. Skiers will need their own equipment, including skins, beacon, probe, shovel and crampons. If you don’t have all of your own gear, you don’t belong in this class.

1 Spot Remaining-Intermediate Tour ($155) (intermediate backcountry skiers) – A full day tour to backcountry ski trails, glades or a summit in the High Peaks. Guides will review equipment and relevant techniques along the way. Skiers will need their own equipment, including skins. Very limited demo equipment available.  If you don’t have your own gear, consider whether you belong in this class. Call in advance to discuss demoing equipment.

Don’t have avy gear? We’re offering 20% off beacon, probe and shovel package (While supplies last) Check out the options here

The ABC’s of Avalanche with Chuck Boyd ($95, limited to 8 participants) – If you are an avid mountaineer or backcountry skier or snowboarder, having the skills to assess avalanche terrain and make the right decisions is a must.  This course provides the approved curriculum of the American Avalanche Association and National Ski Patrol, for Introduction to Avalanche Safety and Rescue.  It is scheduled for Saturday all day.

This course teaches you how the terrain, weather, and snowpack affect the stability of the slopes you’re going to ski, ride, and/or climb.  The emphasis will be on recognizing the terrain and conditions for stability and travel techniques to identify safer routes.  Other important aspects of traveling in the backcountry that will be discussed are the use of avalanche rescue equipment and companion rescue.

Skiers/riders, if you want hands on training with avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes, you should  sign up for a half day of rescue practice on Sunday ($45 fee). If you take Saturday’s course the additional fee for Sunday’s field work is only $15.  You can bring your own equipment, or there will be equipment available for you to use.  We’ll spend the half day outdoors learning how to use the tools and practicing the basic skills for companion rescue.

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Demos & Mini-Clinics at Otis Mountain
(10am-3pm, Free, No Registration Required)

Otis Mountain will host demo gear (skis and boots) from Voile, Black Diamond, Dynafit, G3, Mammut, La Sportiva, Scott, Scarpa and Altai Skis as well as several mini-clinics. Join us and our great reps for some fun skiing at a small private ski hill where you can skin or ride the rope-tow for turns on all-natural snow. Registration not required, just show up ready to ski! Green Goddess Natural Foods of Lake Placid will be on hand all day serving food and hot drinks! Feel free to try gear and/or join the following mini-clinics:

Telemark Skiing (11am-Noon): Local legend Ron Konowitz (aka Ron Kon) will help you with the telemark turn.
Telemark Skiing (1-2pm): Ron Kon will teach another tele clinic! Be there.
Avalanche Beacon Park Sponsored by Mammut (10-2pm): Join Mammut for beacon search practice and a chance to test out their Barryvox beacon. Beacon park will be available all day without instruction.
Intro to Splitboarding (all day): Local guide and backcountry splitboarder Will Roth will be on hand to introduce you to the world of splitboarding. Ditch those snowshoes and learn about the equipment and technique you need to snowboard efficiently in the backcountry! Splitboard demos from Voile will be available for your use. Bring snowboarding boots if you have them.

Directions to Otis Mountain: Follow Route 73 North toward NY-9N South. Turn right onto Route Route 9N for 10.1 Miles. Turn Right on US-9 South in 1.8 miles turn left onto Lobdell Rd. Directions via Google Maps. 

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Après-ski

Dinner (4:30-6:30 pm) – SkiFest participants (plus one guest) are invited to a private, preregistration-only buffet dinner at the ever-popular Ausable Inn (down the street from The Mountaineer). Join other SkiFest participants, our guides and sponsors before Caroline Gleich’ presentation at Keene Arts. Cost is $30 per person. Cost includes: 3 course buffet meal, beverages (non-alcoholic), gratuity included. Sign up for the dinner when you register for a clinic! (Private party ends at 6:30 sharp)

Caroline Gleich’ Presentation @ Keene Arts (Doors open at 7:00 pm – $10 at the door) – Join Patagonia Athlete Caroline Gleich for an exciting presentation at Keene Arts. Be sure to bring some extra money for our ever-popular raffle of awesome gear donated by our sponsors (tickets are $1 each)!  Bring a non-perishable donation to the Keene Food Pantry!

 

Sunday March 4, 2017:

Guided Backcountry Tours & Instructional Clinics
(Please review Ability Level guidelines above)

Ski The Jack Rabbit Trail ($80) Maybe you’ve never heard of the Jack Rabbit Ski Trail, maybe you have but you’ve never skied it! Now is your chance to ski a section of the trail with the founder, Tony Goodwin. Tony is the brains behind this trail that runs from Keene Valley to Paul Smith’s College. The ski tour will range somewhere between 5-10 miles so please be physically prepared to ski up to 10 miles on moderately rolling terrain. You’ll be skiing a section of the trail out and back, based on conditions. Participants are encouraged to use lighter weight XCD touring gear rather than heavy-duty telemark/AT gear. Demo gear will be available in limited sizes. 

1 Spot Remaining-Intermediate Tour ($155) (intermediate backcountry skiers) – A full day tour to backcountry ski trails, glades or a summit in the High Peaks. Guides will review equipment and relevant techniques along the way. Skiers will need their own equipment, including skins. Very limited demo equipment available.  If you don’t have your own gear, consider whether you belong in this class. Call in advance to discuss demoing equipment.

Avalanche Field Work Half-Day ($45) ($15 for those who took Saturday’s avalanche course) – Climbers and skiers, if you want hands on training with avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes, you should sign up for this half-day of rescue practice. If you take Saturday’s course the additional fee is only $15.  You can bring your own equipment, or there will be equipment available for you to use. We’ll spend the half-day outdoors learning how to use the tools and practicing the basic skills for companion rescue.

Advanced Tour ($155) (advanced-expert skiers with prior backcountry experience) – A full day tour to a backcountry slide in the High Peaks. Guides will review equipment, relevant techniques and hazard assessment along the way. Skiers will need their own equipment, including skins, beacon, probe, shovel and crampons. If you don’t have all of your own gear, you don’t belong in this class.

 

Important Info:

  • advance registration required
  • all tours are 6 skiers : 2 guides
  • all tours and clinics will meet at 7:30 am at the Mountaineer. NO refunds if you’re late and miss your group
  • cancellations after Feb. 26th will only be refunded if we can find someone to fill your spot
  • price includes use of demo equipment if needed (High Peaks Traverse and Intermediate Tour ONLY); advance notice and early arrival (7:15am) required for those demoing equipment
  • participants in the Advanced tours must bring all necessary equipment, including beacon, probe, shovel and crampons
  • this event benefits the Adirondack Ski Touring Council and the NY Ski Education Foundation Nordic ski racing programs
  • register by phone at the Mountaineer (518) 576-2281

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