Update: Wednesday, January 22, 9:13am… It’s Official We’re Rescheduling to Sunday, February 23rd.
The Catamount Trail Association and Bolton Valley have teamed up to provide a great day of backcountry skiing. This festival is a terrific opportunity to ski with like minded folks or, if you are new to the sport, take a guided first step into the world of backcountry skiing. All festival goers will have an opportunity to explore both the backcountry and groomed trails at Bolton, try out the latest and greatest products, and develop new skills. Instructors will be on board to teach everything from traditional classic technique to making sweet telemark turns in the trees.
During the Get Out & Backcountry Ski Festival there will be demos, backcountry and cross-country ski clinics, and guided tours of Bolton’s un-groomed backcountry trails… including the Catamount Trail! A guided tour is a perfect way to practice and develop your technique while exploring new terrain without having to worry about becoming lost.
Bolton Valley Nordic Center in Bolton Valley, VT | Map
9:00am – Check-In at Bolton Valley Nordic Center, demo equipment available
10:00am – Introduction & Welcome
10:15am – Morning Instructional Sessions
12:00pm – Lunch – please plan to bring your own or purchase at the Bolton Deli or Cafeteria
12:45pm – Indoor Mini Clinics at the Bolton Nordic Center
1:30pm – Afternoon Instructional Sessions & Guided Backcountry Tours
3:45pm – Apres Ski Party! Beverages and light food provided
Morning & Afternoon Backcountry Classes
In the morning, during check-in, you will be asked to sign-up for your preferred morning and afternoon sessions. Each session will be assigned a number, and when the instructional sessions begin all you need to do is find the instructor with the correct number. From there the instructors will do a survey of the group to identify the groups needs and wants, and go from there. We will be assigning multiple instructors to each group so that if the needs of the participants do not all align, the original groups can be broken down into smaller more focused groups. Below are the different categories you will have to choose from when picking a group during check-in.
Morning Instructional Sessions
Introduction to Backcountry Skiing
Early Backcountry Skiing Skills Development
Intermediate Backcountry Skills Development
Advanced Backcountry Skills Development
Advanced/Intermediate All-Day Backcountry Tour (XCD/Telemark)
Advanced/Intermediate All-Day Alpine Touring Tour
Afternoon Instructional Sessions
Novice Backcountry Tour
Early Beginner Backcountry Tour
Intermediate Backcountry Tour
Intermediate Telemark Tour
Advanced Telemark Tour
Telemark Turn Clinic
Gear & Rentals
Backcountry ski equipment is recommended for all festival participants. Feel free to calls us at (802) 864-5794 and we can help you locate a local retailer to rent gear from, or call Bolton Valley at (877)-926-5866.
For lodging in the Bolton/Richmond area please click here.
The registration price for the Get Out & Backcountry Ski Festival includes a full day of instruction, clinics and tours, trail access and demos.
Up to February 21st – CTA Members: $55.00 / Non-members: $75.00
Non-member price includes complimentary 1 year CTA membership
Late Registration, after January 17th – $90.00
Due to the uncooperative weather we have had lately we will be waiving the price increase for the Festival. We understand the challenging weather has made it hard to commit and we do not want to penalize anyone for being hesitant. That said we will be posting daily updates up until the event. Please check back and register when you feel ready.
Registration will close on Friday, February 21st at 12:00pm.
Registration is now open! You can sign up over at Skireg.com. This event has sold out the past couple of years, so be sure to sign up early so you don’t miss out! Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
All registrations are considered final with no refunds. If the event is cancelled due to weather or conditions, a full refund minus $20 will be provided to all participants.