If you’re looking for a chill spring festival on the slopes of a snow-laden volcano in the Pacific Northwest, the first annual Mt. Bachelor Sidecountry Fest should be top of mind. The primary focus of this grassroots mountain festival is to raise awareness of and provide education for traveling in the easily-accessible sidecountry terrain around the mountain and beyond.
The Fest includes an early morning shotgun start race, with an ascent (utilizing climbing skins) and descent of the Cinder Cone, a locals’ favorite powder stash; the top male and female finishers will be deemed Cascade King & Queen. After laps on the flanks of the volcano, head to the base and grab a brat and a brew at the NWX BBQ (weather permitting) or enjoy “roots infused power groove” beats by Strive Roots with a cold beverage and friends.
A skier enjoys Mt. Bachlors sidecountry. Photo courtesy Mt. Bachlor.
More Sidecountry Fest events: Product demos with Pine Mountain Sports, “Know Before You Go” Avy seminar with COAA, “Bring Home the Bacon” event in the search & rescue Beacon Park with Back Country Access and Dean Cummings’ film “A Steep Life” at Cascade Lakes Lodge in Bend following Strive Roots
When: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Where: Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort and Cascade Lakes Lodge, Bend, Ore.