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Vertfest at Alpental

Feb 13
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Vertfest, presented by Outdoor Research and supported by Subaru, Alpental and Pro Guiding Service, is fast becoming the largest national backcountry festival in America. The entire weekend is a giant fundraiser for the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Saturday, February 13

This year, the first day of Vertfest switches gears to focus on the vendors, demo's and a myriad of clinics designed to stoke out all-comers to the backcountry community. Look out for some awesome new products, and amazing BC personalities leading the clinics you'll want to experience. Stick around for the apres-ski party, live music and beer will be blasting from the base area!

Half-day Clinics:

  • Women's Steep Skiing
  • Coed Steep Skiing
  • Intermediate Backcountry Ski Touring Techniques
  • Intro to Split Boarding

Full-day Seminars:

  • Intro to Backcountry Skiing
  • Advanced Ski and Snowboard Mountaineering
  • Avalanche Risk Evaluation
  • Ski Photography


*Keep in mind, there are limited spots available. Register early!

Sunday, February 14

Day two entails one of the most grueling Randonee Races in N. America taking place at the legendary Alpental ski area. The Monika Johnson Memorial Rally randonee race starts at the base area at 3100' and the rapid vert climb to 5400' defines this race encompassing one of the most challenging mountains in the northern hemisphere. In 2014, we witnessed 140 hard cores and fun lovin' AT friends testing their mettle against Alpental's steep slopes for ultimate AT glory. This year will prove once again that this is the working man's Randonee race in the Americas, not something you'll want to miss watching!

Monika Johnson Memorial Rally

Multiple Competition Classes:

  • Elite Race - 2 laps
  • Recreational - 1 lap
  • Splitboard - 1 lap
  • Heavy Mettle - 1 lap (For competitors 200+ lbs without pack and gear)


Rookie Rally/Team Sprint (short lap): New this year, the inaugural Rookie Rally / Team Sprint is for those new to the sport and those who don’t want to go it alone. Grab a partner and stick together as you race from the start to the top of Sessel pitch and then down. Teams must finish the race together, so don’t get spread out on the course! Rookies don’t have backcountry gear? You can demo it at the Vendor Village!

Vendor Village:

Featuring demos and booths from the top brands in the industry! Vendor Village will be jammin' all day long, so if you want to check something out just stop by the NWAC info booth to get signed up. All demo gear must be returned at the end of the day.


Check out NWAC.US/VERTFEST for more detailed information and to register for clinics and races.

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