Directions to Otis Mountain: Follow Route 73 South toward the Adirondack Northway (Route 87) past Chapel Pond. Turn left onto Route 9 at the three-way intersection (Dysfunction Junction). After approximately 8 miles, turn right onto Lobdell Road.

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Events | Equipment List | Ability Level | Registration

The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, NY will host the eleventh annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival the weekend of March 2 & 3, 2013.  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.  This year’s Backcountry Skifest celebrates nearly four decades of backcountry skiing in the Adirondacks and the greater ranges of the Northeast, and will showcase local legends Dave Hough, Ron Konowitz (aka “Ron Kon”), Chuck Boyd and Drew Haas as they share their unique skiing experiences over the years.

This year’s featured skiers will present at the Keene Arts Playhouse on Saturday.  Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides in Keene Valley will lead guided tours for several ability levels on Saturday and Sunday, and Chuck Boyd will teach an Introduction to Avalanche Safety and Awareness course on Saturday, with a fieldwork component on Sunday.  Advance registration for all guided tours and instructional clinics is required.

Demos and mini clinics will be held at Otis Mountain in Elizabethtown on Saturday. Otis Mountain 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 no registration is required.  Just show up ready to ski!  The mini-clinics and demos take place from 10am to 3pm.  Otis Mountain is located off of Route 9 in Elizabethtown, just a 15 minute drive from Keene Valley.  Directions are available via Google Maps.

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.