Directions to North Country School: Follow Route 73 toward Lake Placid past the Cascade Lakes. The entrance to North Country School is just after the Cascade Mountain trailhead on the right hand side. Google map

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The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, NY will host the tenth annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival the weekend of March 3 & 4, 2012. The Backcountry Skifest celebrates the ski experience both here in our own backcountry and in the greater ranges of the world. Backcountry skiing means skiing on natural snow in natural terrain, and combines all of the elements of touring, climbing and downhill skiing into a real winter mountaineering experience.

Guest athlete Glen Plake will give a presentation at the Keene Central School on Saturday evening, and will be skiing with anyone who wants to join him at North Country School on Saturday. Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides in Keene Valley will lead guided tours for several ability levels on Saturday and Sunday.

Demos and mini clinics will be held at North Country School in Lake Placid on Saturday. North Country is a private ski area that offers a great venue for testing out the latest skis and boots as well as clinics on skinning, telemark skiing and more. Mini-clinics and demos will be free of charge. And again, North Country School is the place to be if you want to ski with Glen Plake! The demo takes place from 10am to 3pm. North Country School is on route 73 between Keene and Lake Placid. The entrance is on the right a couple hundred yards after the Cascade Mt trailhead.

We are incredibly lucky to have such a great group of local and guest guides for this event who are willing to come out and share their depth of experience and knowledge with other skiers.

Major sponsors for this year’s event include Backcountry Magazine, Julbo and Dynafit. Additional sponsors Black Diamond, G3, Garmont, Madshus, Mammut, Marmot, Outdoor Research, Primaloft, Scarpa and Voilé help make the event happen as well as provide demo gear for participants to try free of charge. The Skifest is a benefit event, with proceeds supporting the New York State Ski Education Foundation’s Nordic racing programs and the Adirondack Ski Touring Council, stewards of the Adirondack Park’s backcountry ski trail system, including the famous Jackrabbit Trail.