Backcountry Weekend

Backcountry Weekend

Backcountry Weekend

Day 1 of the Backcountry Weekend

Day 2 of the Backcountry Weekend

On Snow Avalanche Awareness Class
Spend a few hours with our regional Avalanche Experts and learn more about how to reduce your risks in the backcountry. Representatives from I.PA.C. and N.S.P. will take you for a few runs, and show you they make decisions out of bounds. No previous classes required to join.
Time: 9:30-Noon
Cost: Free
Meet: At the flag poles in front of the Mountain House
Participants need to be comfortable riding “Black Diamond” terrain in the trees. All terrain will be in-bounds and accessible on normal skis and snowboards.

Beacon Park Practice
Practice you beacon skills in a controlled environment, with experts on hand to answer questions and offer advice. We encourage you to bring your own beacon, but “loaner” beacons may be available to practice with. Single and multiple burial scenarios will be available for practice. Representatives from our National Ski Patrol and Friends of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center will be available for guidance and advice.
Time: Noon-3:00
Cost: Free
Meet: At the flag poles in front of the Mountain House.
Participants need to be comfortable riding “Blue Square” terrain. All terrain will be in-bounds and accessible on normal skis and snowboards.

N.I.C. Outdoors Deep Burial Race
Race head to head in teams of three to perform a deep burial beacon rescue. Beacons will be buried at five to six feet of depth of packed snow, and will require teamwork, technique, and sweat to unbury them. This is a scenario that gets a lot of talk, but that few people have practiced in real life. Singles and pairs are welcome, we can form teams at the start of the event, you never know who might be partnered with you in a real-life burial.
Time: 3:00
Cost: Free
Meet: At the flag poles in front of the Mountain House.
Participants should bring their own avalanche shovel, preferably what you will have with you in a real-life rescue. Loaner shovels may be available in a pinch.

Radio Brewing Social, Panhandle Backcountry Transition Race, and Raffle
Head up to Radio Brewing Company and enjoy some local craft beer, great food, good conversation, and fantastic company. Panhandle Backcountry will be hosting a transition race, so make sure you bring your boots, boards, and skins to see who can go from uphill mode to downhill the fastest. It's the perfect way to prep for Sunday's race, while getting hydrated. We’ll be raffling off some sweet prizes to people who participated in the day’s activities. Raffle tickets will be given for each event that you participate in.
Time: Arrive anytime after skiing, race at 6:00, raffle starts at 6:30.

Uphill Downhill

The Wardner Peak Uphill Downhill
Part 3
The Revenge of the Uphill Downhill
February 11

2018 Results

2018 Photos

What is this Event?
It’s the third annual randonee event for anyone! With an option of one, two, or three laps, You can push it to your limit or just cruise with your friends and enjoy the camaraderie. Set on the signature terrain of Wardner Peak, this is a short, friendly course with mellow climbs and fun descents. The Pros will be focusing on their heart rate and transition times, the Ams will be trying to peel their skins apart and figuring out what a kick turn is supposed to look like. But, everyone will be enjoying a beautiful day in the mountains with friends.

Whether you are a first timer, a backcountry bro, full granola, or finally getting some use out of that backcountry setup you bought with grand intentions, this is going to be fun. During and after the race we will have music and drinks going at the Finish line Bar and Grill. Be sure to swing by and get your pre-après on.

The Details
Registration/ Lift Ticket:
• Pre-Register in the EVENT TICKETS portion of our web store to save $5
Online registartion ends at midnight on Saturday, Feb. 10
Regular Pre-Register $20, College Pre Register $15
• Register day of in the village 8:30-10:30am
Regular Entry $25, College Entry $20
Registration includes a Drink Voucher for use at the Finish Line Snow Bar
• A reduced-price lift ticket is available for $35 for competitors who are registered. This is the only way to get the reduced-price ticket.
All entry fees include a $5 donation to I.P.A.C and a $5 donation to N.S.P.

• Hard Core - 3 laps - 2,025' of accent and descent! Men Ski-Women Ski - Men SB-Women SB
• Soft Core - 2 Laps - 1350' of accent and descent! Men Ski-Women Ski - Men SB-Women SB
• Leisure Class - 1 lap - 675' of accent and descent! Men Ski-Women Ski - Men SB-Women SB Youth Men -Youth Women
SB= Snowboard

Youth is under 18 years of age, those under 18 wishing to compete in the Hard Core and Soft Core categories will be placed in the general Men's and Women's divisions of those categories. 


Day of details:
Day of registration in the Gondola Village from 8:30-10:30. Race meeting is at 11:40 on Gold at the Finishline/Startline. Start is at Noon. We estimate that the final finisher will be done by 2:30. Awards will be at the finishline.

Course Details
• 675 Feet of climbing per lap.
• Your choice of one, two or three laps.
• 1 Mile Course Length.
Start near the bottom of Wardner Peak on Gold, head up Morning Star, continue up Sheer Bliss to the summit of Wardner Peak, down 16 to 1, ending on Gold.

• Helmets are required for all disciplines on the downhills.
• Alpine touring, telemark, split board, or snowshoe/snowboards are all welcome.
• Skins, for split boards and skis.
• Snowshoes for traditional Snowboards only, you must ski or snowboard downhill.
• Boot packing and hiking prohibited.
• Avalanche Equipment not necessary.
• Water and Nutrition should be self supported.
• Dress, and prepare for adverse conditions. Weather can change suddenly in the mountains.
• Snowshoe rentals available at Silver Mountain Sports by reservation only.
• Other Equipment Rentals are available in limited quantity at the Mountain Gear Retail store, or Outdoor Pursuits at North Idaho College prior to the event. There is no event discount, visit their website. 

Any questions can be sent to Willy Bartlett at

Thanks to our 2018 sponsors!


2018 Sponsors


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