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Registration opens February 5, 2020
Call The Mountaineer 518-576-2281 to reserve your spot!

 

 

 

Friday, March 6th, 2020: 

 

$450-AIARE Level 1
Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

The AIARE 1 is for anyone, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course. The AIARE 1 is a three-day / 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and extricate a buried person.

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Recognize avalanche terrain.
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

Location: The Mountaineer, Keene Valley.

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Welcome “Happy Hour” (FREE) Join other Skifest participants, Mountaineer employees, guides and reps for drinks and snacks  4:30-6:30 pm on Friday evening at The Mountaineer. This is a casual get together upstairs at The Mountaineer, we hope you can join us!

 

 Saturday, March 7th, 2020:

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

NEW this year! STIO-Ski- Traverse ($130.00)  (Beginner to intermediate Nordic skiers) –  Join STIO Ambassador, Jamie McGiver and local guide Justin McGiver for a point-to-point cross-country/backcountry ski tour. This is your chance to experience a classic traverse or out and back ski day in a group of people. No need to organize a drop-off or pick-up. Participants should be prepared for a long 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). Please plan to bring a high energy lunch and water for the day. Jamie and Justin will plan out an awesome day that might consist of touring out to Avalanche Pass, scoping out McKenzie Pass or touring parts of the Jackrabbit, based on conditions!

Intermediate Tour ($185) (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 is available.  If you don’t have your own gear, consider whether you belong in this class. Call in advance to discuss demoing equipment.

Advanced Tour ($195) (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.

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

Backcountry & Companion Rescue($100.00, limited to 10 participants)This course teaches you the skills required to participate in a small group rescue, we will review all aspects of companion rescue, from beacon basics up to advanced multiple burial techniques, evacuation, and treatment of injured patients. People who have not taken a Level 1 avalanche course will learn how to efficiently perform companion rescues, while experienced backcountry users will improve in efficiency and speed. Building an improvised toboggan, emergency shelters, and basic equipment repair will also be demonstrated.If you have your own avalanche rescue equipment, bring it along, so that you know how to use it effectively. If you don’t own avalanche rescue equipment, we can provide beacons, shovels and probes for you to use.

*Skiers/riders, if you want hands-on training with avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes, sign up for a half day of rescue practice on Sunday ($45.00 fee). If you take Saturday’s course the additional fee for Sunday is only $15.00. 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! Old Mountain Coffee will be on hand all day serving hot food and 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 (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.

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

 

Skifest group Dinner ($30.00)- An annual tradition! Dinner is held buffet style at the Ausable Inn and available only to Skifest participants.

 

Saturday Evening Presentation By Patagonia Ambassador Caroline Gleich at Keene Arts Center from 7:00-9:00 pm.

 

Sunday, March 8th, 2020:

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

Women’s Clinic Led by Patagonia Ambassador Caroline Gleich and Vermont based Guide Andrea Charest ($185)  This clinic is for the ladies and geared towards intermediate backcountry skiers! If you are beyond intermediate level, don’t hesitate to signup and ski with two females powerhouses! A full day tour to backcountry ski trails, glades or a summit in the High Peaks, guided by Andrea Charest of Petra Cliffs and Patagonia Ambassador Caroline Gleich. Caroline and Andrea will review equipment and relevant techniques along the way. Skiers will need their own equipment, including skins. Very limited demo equipment is available.  If you don’t have your own gear, consider whether you belong in this class. Call in advance to discuss demoing equipment.

Intermediate Tour ($185) (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 is available.  If you don’t have your own gear, consider whether you belong in this class. Call in advance to discuss demoing equipment.

Advanced Tour ($195)
 (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.

Avalanche Field Work Half-Day ($45) ($15 for those who took Saturday’s avalanche course) – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm 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.

 

Important Info:

  • advance registration required
  • all tours are 6 skiers: 2 guides
  • all tours and clinics will meet at 8:00 am at the Mountaineer. NO refunds if you’re late and miss your group
  • cancellations after Mar. 1, 2019 will only be refunded if we can find someone to fill your spot
  • price includes the use of demo equipment if needed (STIO Tour and Intermediate Tour ONLY); advance notice and early arrival (7:30 am) 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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