JACKSON, WYO – Vertfest is taking place this year at Snow King Mountain, February 20th and the 21st. DO NOT MISS IT. The nation’s largest backcountry ski festival is bringing the community together with a psyched up Rando Race along with ski and avalanche clinics hosted by Exum, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and the American Avalanche Institute.
Friday the event kicks off with a screening of Pretty Faces and a talk from the producer herself and SheJumps founder Lynsey Dyer at Snow King Hotel. Ladies you will love it! This all-female ski film features the best athletes from around the world and hopefully will inspire you to play outside! Be there at 7 pm for a pre-registration party that includes beer and a raffle and stay for the 8 pm screening.
Saturday begins with an explosion of the best in backcountry riding with the first Vertfest Rando Rally at Snow King. Competitors will climb up almost 4000’ on a combination of on and off-piste skin tracks as well as two boot packs. The reward is slaloming down a course designed by the Jackson Hole Ski Mountaineering Club that will include over 4,000 vertical feet of the steepest ski area in the US. After the race you can participate in any of the ski and avalanche safety clinics.
Snow King Mountain Vertfest morning clinics run from 10 am-1 pm and afternoon clinics run from 1:30-4:30 pm.
Topics will include:
• Steep skiing with Jessica Baker
• Ski mountaineering with Exum and Snow King Mountain Sports School
• Four Pines Race Mountaineering/Transitioning with Janelle Smiley
• Beacon training with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and Snow King Volunteer Ski Patrol
• Avalanche clinics with American Alpine Institute
After the race and clinics Vertfest at Snow King will host an all-day Vendor Village that includes backcountry ski demos, good food & Snake River brews while DJ El Jefe rocks the place. Then you can catch the Apres Ski Party/Awards Ceremony at 4:30 pm.
In 2007 the first Vertfest went down at Crystal Mountain and today this four-stop backcountry ski festival will take over Snow King Mountain, Mt. Bachelor, Alpental and Brighton. Snow King Mountain Vertfest tickets are a bargain at $20.00 for the Rando Race and $45.00 for clinics. I mean, think of it this way… you can take a half-day clinic for less than $50.00 from leaders in the industry plus you can tip back a pint from Snake River Brewery while you support your own backcountry community. All event proceeds go to ski-related non-profit organizations.