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