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Vertfest 2018

Sat, Apr 7

Vertfest is returning to Mt. Bachelor on April 7, 2018! 

The 6th annual Verfest at Mt. Bachelor is brought to you by the Central Oregon Avalanche Association, Outdoor Research, and Hydro Flask. 

Verfest is fast becoming the largest national backcountry festival in America. Vertfest Mt. Bachelor is an event to celebrate winter and backcountry culture with a full weekend comprised of races, clinics, demos, beer and fiesta. Overall, Verfest is a multi-stop mountain festival dedicated to raising the level of snow safety education and stoke for backcountry enthusiasts, and supporting the efforts of avalanche centers everywhere. We hope you will join us for this exciting weekend! All proceeds from the event go towards the efforts of Central Oregon Avalanche Association. 


Schedule

Friday, April 6

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Pre-registration and racer packet pick-up at Crows Feet Commons

Saturday, April 7

8:00 a.m. Vendor Village and racer check-in. Free demos at the vendor village

9:30 a.m. Racer meeting

10:00 a.m. Race start 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Morning clinics 

1:00 p.m. Last racers cleared from course

1:30 p.m. Award ceremony

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon clinics 

3:15 p.m. Vendor Village closes


Registration

Elite, Recreational & Splitboard: $35

Rookie Rally: $25

Youth: $15

Clinics: $30

Register


Race Categories and Route Descriptions

The Mt. Bachelor Vertfest race is challenging but is meant to be fun as well. Participants will include everything from the superhuman SkiMO racers (man those guys/gals are fast) to recreational backcountry enthusiasts out in costume. This is a celebration of the backcountry and winter tribe. Slog it out with some friends, don your most insane costume, work off those winter beers, just come CELEBRATE!!!

Elite (Summit Bid or 2 laps): This is the race that puts Mt Bachelor Vertfest @ Mt. Bachelor on the map! Make your way from Red Chair base up and over to the bottom of Downunder. Get in the uphill state of mind and start pushing to the Summit!! You will have earned your beer if you take this on! In event of weather or conditions hold the Elite category will do 2 Rec laps.

Recreational (1 lap): The Rec race mirrors the Elite race, but will end its ascent behind Pine Marten Lodge. This is for the mere mortals among us. You can race it or just come out and join the fun. Costumes are encouraged!

Splitboard (Elite or Rec course, your call): Categories for the splitties in both elite and Rec categories.

Rookie Rally (Cone lap): The Rookie Rally is for those just getting into ski touring. You will skin from the start/finish line of the main course to the top of the Cone and back down. The goal is to have fun and get a feel for skinning and transitioning. This is the fun family/kid race. Don't have backcountry gear? You can demo it at the Vendor Village!

Youth : Under 13 but racing the Elite or Recreational? We have a special category for you.

Awards : Product awards for top male and female Elite winners, and for category winners. And of course best costume has to take something home!!


Clinics 

Sign up for these awesome clinics at Crow's Feet Commons on Friday, or at the Vendor Village on Saturday morning. 

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding - Saturday AM (max 6 people) 

  • Presented by Oregon Ski Guides
  • For those itching to leave the lifts and enter the backcountry, this clinic will teach you the basics of backcountry ski travel. We will embark on a short tour around the Cone and discuss the necessary equipment, training and techniques needed to travel safely in the backcountry. 
  • Participants must have AT or telemark set up w/ climbing skins or plan on demoing from Vendor Village
  • For intermediate and above alpine skiers with little or no backcountry experience.

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding - Saturday PM (max 6 people)

  • Presented by Oregon Ski Guides
  • For those itching to leave the lifts and enter the backcountry, this clinic will teach you the basics of backcountry ski travel. We will embark on a short tour around the Cone and discuss the necessary equipment, training and techniques needed to travel safely in the backcountry.
  • Participants must have splitboard set up w/climbing skins or plan on demoing from Vendor Village. 
  • For intermediate and above alpine skiers with little or no backcountry experience.

Companion Rescue Clinic - Saturday AM, Saturday PM (max 10 people at each)

  • Presented by Oregon Ski Guides and Central Oregon Avalanche Association
  • Performing a successful companion rescue requires skills, practice, and more practice. This clinic will provide tips and techniques associated with beacon use, shoveling and probing.
  • Participants must have ski/splitboard touring gear w/ climbing skins along with shovel, probe, and transceiver