Pre-Season Backcountry Events

nw snow and avalanche summit2011 snowbash posterMany mountain areas have already had their first round of winter storm cycles. Wolf Creek Ski Resort in Colorado even opened for skiing on October 8. For those of us who don’t have snow, or are not actually ready for it, there are plenty of pre-season events happening in the coming weeks.

Ski movie season and Avalanche Center Fundraiser season are in full swing. Be sure to head out and support your local avalanche center by attending a movie night or social event sponsored by one of the many Avalanche Center Friends groups that are out there.

Regionally, The Powderwhores are headed for the Northwest with their new film, Breaking Trail. Catch a show near you this October and November: Seattle, North Bend, Hood River, Portland, Bend, Eugene, Ashland and south to the Bay Area and Tahoe. Get their full tour schedule online. The Sweetgrass crew is also nearby with their new film, Solitaire. They have stops in Washington, British Columbia, Oregon and California in October and November. Thier full movie tour schedule is here.

Also on the regional level, the Friends of the Northwest Weatherand Avalanche Center is hosting its annual fall Snow Bash Event on November 3 at Nectar in Seattle. This year’s event includes music from the Tripwires and the usual fare of great gear raffles and tasty beverages.

Next up is the Northwest Snow and Avalanche Summit on November 13. This event is a great gathering of avalanche pros and avid skiers. Immerse yourself in avalanche talk and science for the day, you will be glad you did.

Finally, Portland area backcountry skiers should put OMC’s Backcountry Expo on their calendars. This event offers 20% off of all store merchandise and a used gear sale including rental telemark and AT skis and boots. November 19, 10am-6pm 2975 NE Sandy BLVD Portland www.e-omc.com.