Ski festival this weekend

The Mountaineer in Keene Valley will host the ninth-annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival this weekend.

As in the past, skiers can sign up for a variety of intermediate and expert tours. The most difficult outings entail skiing slides in the High Peaks.Skifest2011

As of today, there were still three openings for the High Peaks Traverse on Saturday, an end-to-end trip through Avalanche Pass. Cost: $90. All the other tours are full, but if you’re interested, you can get on a waiting list.

In addition, the public can demo gear and take part in free clinics for telemark skiing, skinning, and the use of avalanche beacons at Otis Mountain, a private ski hill near New Russia.  The Otis Mountain events will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday night, Marmot athlete Heather Paul will give a slide show of her ski adventures, including a trip to the Altai Mountains in Central Asia. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Keene Valley Fire Hall. Admission is $10.

Profits from the ski festival benefit the Adirondack Ski Touring Council and the New York State Ski Education Foundation.

Click here for more details about the festival.

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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