Vertfest 2019

  • Sunday, April 7, 2019
NWAC Backcountry Festival

Randonee Race | Clinics | Demos | Party

  • duration
    8AM - 4PM
  • Calendar
    Sunday, April 7, 2018
  • age
    All Ages
  • Beer
    Beer Garden 21+
  • Mountain
    Randonee Race
  • Helmet Required
    Helmet Required

Verfest is back bigger than ever before. In addition to beloved traditions including the randonee race and clinics, we're expanding to include more backcountry users! New this year we'll be running a beacon rally, snowshoe walks, ice climbing clinics, and much more! Join us for the largest backcountry festival in the PNW.


Vertfest, organized by the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC), presented by Outdoor Research, and supported by Clif Bar, Coast Mountain Culture Magazine, Alpental, and Pro Guiding Service, is a multi-stop mountain festival dedicated to raising the level of backcountry stoke in the Northwest while improving backcountry skills and increasing avalanche awareness. From its humble beginnings 11 years ago as a small randonee race with 50 participants at Alpental, Vertfest has grown to what it is today, a two-stop tour involving races, demos, clinics, and festivities at both Alpental and Mt Bachelor. The entire weekend is a giant fundraiser for NWAC.


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Monika Johnson Memorial Rally

This day entails one of the most grueling randonee races in North America, taking place at the legendary Alpental ski area. The Monika Johnson Memorial Rally starts at the base area at 3100' and the rapid vertical climb to 5400' (on one of the most challening mountains in the northern hemisphere) defines this race. In 2016, we witnessed 130 hardcores 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!

  • Elite Race - 2 Laps
  • Recreational - 1 Lap
  • Splitboard - 1 Lap
  • Heavy Mettle - 1 Lap (For competitors 200+ lbs w/out pack/gear)
  • Rookie Rally/Team Sprint - Short Lap


  • 7:30am: Racer Check-in / Day-of Registration
  • 8am: Vendor Village opens. Free demos from our sponsors. Sign-up at the NWAC tent.
  • 9am: Racer meeting
  • 9am: Morning Clinics
  • 10am: Race start
  • 10am: Rookie Rally - to start right after the full race
  • 10am: Full Day Clinics
  • 12pm: Afternoon Clinics Check-in
  • 12pm: Beer Tent Opens
  • 2pm: Award ceremony
  • 4pm: Raffle, Demo gear returns due, Vendor Village closes

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.