General Information and FAQs for the 2019 Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival
A gathering in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backcountry skiers & riders of all abilities.
The 2019 festival is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. An associated AIARE 1 course it taking place March 8-10. View the Schedule for more detailed information.
The base of the festival is Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale, New Hampshire. This is the location for registration, demos, and PM social hours. This is also where you'll meet for the guided courses.
The Saturday night Après Ski Party is at TBD.
The 2019 Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival is presented by TBD and hosted by Synnott Mountain Guides & Ragged Mountain Equipment.
What is the best way to get in touch with questions?
Please visit the Contact page.
How long is registration open? Can I register at the festival?
Online registration for guided full day courses is open until marked closed. Guided courses may be available at the festival, but availability is limited and not guaranteed.
Registration for Full Weekend access (no courses) is open throughout the festival, both online and in person.
Après Ski Party tickets are available throughout the festival, online and in person.
Are snowboarders welcome? Do you have splitboard demos?
Yes, snowboarders are welcome. We are working on making split board demos available, please contact us if you have any leads on companies that might be interested.
Do I need skis or a splitboard with skins to participate?
Those would be the best modes of travel, but snowshoes would be appropriate for select courses.
Do you provide backcountry skiing and riding equipment?
There will be alpine touring demo equipment (boots, skis w/ bindings, skins) at the festival, but it's "first come first served" and subject to availability. Certain sizes and types of gear are limited. Please don't count on being able to demo full backcountry setups or specific pieces of equipment.
Do you rent or sell backcountry skiing and riding equipment at the festival?
Backcountry skiing/riding equipment is not available for rent at the festival and Ragged Mountain Equipment. If you would like to rent backcountry skiing/riding equipment, please see the Demos & Rentals page.
Ragged Mountain Equipment does sell a wide variety of backcountry skiing equipment.
Do I need avalanche safety equipment to participate?
Avalanche safety equipment (beacon/transceiver, shovel, probe) will be required for courses that travel into avalanche terrain. This will depend on course itineraries and weather/snow conditions. In general, most courses, including Intro to Backcountry Skiing, will travel into avalanche terrain, conditions permitting.
Do you provide avalanche safety equipment?
Avalanche safety equipment (beacon/transceiver, shovel, probe) is not provided by the festival.
Do you rent or sell avalanche safety equipment at the festival?
Avalanche safety equipment (beacon/transceiver, shovel, probe) is not available for rent at the festival and Ragged Mountain Equipment. If you would like to rent avalanche safety equipment (beacon/transceiver, shovel, probe), please check with IME and EMS in North Conway, NH or check with your local/regional outdoor gear shop.
Avalanche safety equipment (beacon/transceiver, shovel, probe) is available for sale at Ragged Mountain Equipment.
Is food provided?
Pack your own lunches if you're headed out for full day courses. Some food and snacks will be provided in the AM and PM at Ragged Mountain Equipment by vendors. The TBD will have a full menu available during the Saturday night Après Ski Party.
What will the weather be like?
Check the Mount Washington Observatory for higher elevation mountain weather and the weather in surrounding towns. Visit the Mount Washington Avalanche Center for the avalanche advisory. The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Gray, ME provides forecasting for the White Mountains region.