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Backcountry Fest

January 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until January 19, 2019

Backcountry Festival, presented by Three Creeks Brewing Co., returns to Hoodoo on Jan. 18-19 with the largest selection of 2019 AT equipment on site to demo in the Northwest!  Seminars, industry pros,  live music, beer garden and races are scheduled throughout the day. The interactive displays on the snow will show what it takes to outfit yourself with the best backcountry hardgoods and accessories, while providing you with critical safety seminars. Test the best fat bikes, skies, boots, bindings and light weight goods for 2019.

Pack your snow tent and 800-fill sleeping bag and camp out for two full nights of backcountry culture at its finest. Over the two-day festival, you’ll experience live music, races, demos, clinics, snow camping and a Three Creeks Brewing Co. beer garden. Trophies and prizes for top 2 male and female in each race.

Kids can earn their Junior Ranger Snow Badge by participating in the four levels of winter science and wildlife.
This is your chance to celebrate every form of human powered touring into the backcountry. Whether you ride, glide, slide, bike, run or walk into the backcountry, you won’t want to miss BC Fest 2019.



  • 1-9 pm: Snow camp set up: 
    • Bring everything you would need to snow camp in the backcountry but set up next to the ­­­Hoodoo lodge.  There will be a clearly marked area and of course close to the action. Fees apply and vehicles must park in designated overnight parking area.
  • 3-9 pm: Three Creeks Brewing Company Beer Garden on the patio
  • 4-9 pm: Fire pit on the patio
  • 5-9 pm: DJ on the patio


  • 7:30 am: Sunrise Burn and Turn
    • Meet at Orange Space Station Tent. Depart approximately 8 am
    • Take off at tent – Up far right on Headwall – up far right on Schutes schute – up Far Left on Dive to top. Ski down.
  • 7-9 am: Vendor arrival and setup
  • 9 am – 2:30 pm: 2019 Gear Demo and registration:
    • Scarpa, La Sportiva, G3, Black Diamond, Dynafit, Deviation, DPS
  • 9 am – 2 pm: Gear Demo:
    • Berg’s Ski and Snowboard shop, Blazin Saddles and Crows Feet Commons will be onsite to demo gear
  • 10 am – 4 pm Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit Beacon Search
    • Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit invites experienced avalanche beacon users to come practice on our beacon course. CMRU will provide single beacon, and multiple beacon scenarios. Course is for experienced beacon users only.  Stop by the CMRU tent in the Hoodoo bowl between 1000a and 400p with your beacon, probe, shovel. We will point you to our course location. Also at the CMRU tent, come see examples of personal back country travel safety gear and pointers to local courses specializing in avalanche training.
  • 10 am – 2pm: Junior Snow Ranger certification
    • Become a Jr. Snow Ranger table – Activity book, badge and give-away items
    • Pelts, skulls and scat table
    • Snow Science table – snow crystal exploration, blubber hand and cozy critters, frozen bubbles
    • Games/Activities table – Animal Ambulation
    • Snowshoe demos., snowshoe hokey pokey
    • Free, no registration needed
  • 10 am: Blazin’ Saddles Fat Bike Course
    • Circle course set up in bowl for bikers to test their agility skills over obstacles and around banks.
  • 2 pm: All comers Battle into the Backcountry
    • Registration forms in Mtn Hardware Space Station Tent. All human powered ways of entering the backcountry are invited to participate in a short uphill and downhill race.
    • Ascend Easy Rider, follow purple arrows to top for transition
    • Descend Blue Valley.
  • 2:30 pm: Awards handed out upon completion of race.
    • TCBC Pint Glass for top placers plus additional prizes from Pine Mountain Sports and Backcountry Gear
  • 2 pm: Backcountry Travel Prep and Decision Making and Mock Tour Travel in the BC
    • Know before you go? What do you need to take? Why and how? This presentation will help you prepare for a trip into avalanche terrain by discussing how we prepare for and make decisions while in the backcountry.
    • Pre trip research and planning will allow you to find the best snow while taking into consideration avalanche potential. Topics will include:
    • General trip planning and proper training needed for touring.
    • Group management and to try and control human factors.
    • Key gear for touring.
    • Tools to identify avalanche terrain, understanding avalanche reports and information about snowpack.
    • Setting up emergency response plans.
    • Delve into the AIARE Avalanche Field book and how to better use this tool to help make any day in the backcountry a success. The presentation will conclude with a trip up the lift (lift ticket required) for mock tour focusing on identifying  avalanche terrain and discuss how to decide what to ski based on the day’s report and observations.
  • 1-9 pm: Three Creeks Brewing Company Beer Garden on the patio
  • 3-9 pm: Fire pit on the patio
  • 5-6 pm: Know Before You Go travel prep for families and teens: Located in the South Lodge
    • Corvallis Mountain Rescue and the Santiam Pass Ski Patrol will be presenting a free, family-oriented Know Before You Go avalanche awareness presentation upstairs in the South Lodge from 5-6 PM Saturday evening. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, no formulas to memorize. In 1 hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you and your family can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches
  • 5:30-9 pm: Alder Street All-Star Band on the patio
    • Coming back to Hoodoo for their third time, Alder Street is boot-stompin’, gritty and bourbon flavored entertainment. The band draws its inspiration from a variety of sources, evinced by original tunes that break the mold of traditional bluegrass, and reprises ranging from Iron Maiden to Bill Monroe.


January 18, 2019
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Hoodoo Ski Area
27400 Big Lake Rd
Sisters, OR 97759 United States
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