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Vertfest 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 avalanches centers everywhere. In 2014, the Subaru Vertfest Tour presented by Outdoor Research is kicking off at Alpental, WA, on February 15-16, making its way to Mt. Bachelor, OR, on February 22-23, and wrapping up in conjunction with the Wasatch Powder Keg at Brighton, UT, on March 7-9.

Each stop of the tour features on-snow clinics taught by industry pros for enthusiasts of all ability levels in the ski/ride community, with topics from Introduction to Splitboarding, to Backcountry Beacon Safety, to Steep Skiing, to Mountain Photography and more. Be sure to pack your skin suit—or bear costume—for the race UP and down the mountain, and stake your claim to the $2000 cash purse. Then stick around with your friends and family for the post-race après extravaganza, featuring live music and adult beverages.

In 2013, Vertfest raised over $25,000 for the North West Avalanche Center (NWAC) and the Central Oregon Avalanche Association (COAA). Help us break that record, and head out to your local stop of the Vertfest Tour in 2014!

Bachelor Schedule and Clinic Descriptions

Alpental Schedule and Clinic Descriptions

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NWAC promotes safety by helping reduce the impacts of avalanches and adverse mountain weather on recreation, industry and transportation in Washington, and northern Oregon through data collection, mountain weather and avalanche forecasting and education.

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The Utah Avalanche Center is a collaborative effort between the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center and the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. Our mission is to keep people on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth™. We do that by giving winter backcountry travelers the tools they need to stay alive and have fun in avalanche terrain.



COAA promotes increased avalanche awareness and champion increased local forecasting and tracking opportunities along the Cascade mountains of Central Oregon.