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Subaru Vertfest at Alpental

Mar 21
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event has been cancelled. Read on for details...

The unthinkable has happened and we are having to cancel Vertfest Alpental this winter. There simply is not enough snow on the ground at Alpental to host the event safely, and the predictions for additional snow are not very promising at this point. This was a difficult decision for us, as Vertfest has become a much-anticipated event for the Northwest backcountry community and a significant fundraiser for NWAC. If you are interested in donating to NWAC, we encourage you to donate via

Thanks for your patience, understanding, and support during a tough season.


Subaru Vertfest, presented by Outdoor Research and supported by 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, March 21

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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. Seminars and clinics are often related to steep skiing, skinning and splitboarding skills, terrain selection, ski photography, risk evaluation or courses related to ski mountaineering.


  • Women's Steep Skiing
  • Coed Steep Skiing
  • Intermediate Backcountry Ski Touring Techniques
  • Intro to Split Boarding
  • Intro to Backcountry Skiing
  • Advanced Ski and Snowboard Mountaineering
  • Avalanche Risk Evaluation
  • Ski Photography

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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.

Party Time - Saturday Evening:

Live music and beer garden blasts the base area immediately after clinics. Don't miss this or you'll hear about it!

Sunday, March 22

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. Last year 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 Chair 1 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!

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Course map - will be available this winter.