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Split and Surfest with Catamount Trail Association
January 26, 2020
Come join the Catamount Trail Association at Bolton Valley Resort for some backcountry exploring on splitboards and all mountain snowboards.
There will be free demos available if you don’t have your own equipment or happen to be interested in trying something new. During the day there will be clinics, games, tours, food and good times!
Splitfest Schedule (there are events on Thurs – Sat preceding the Sunday main event. Visit Catamount Trail Association for more details on those events, including a tour Saturday led by OGE at Bolton Valley.
Sunday, January 26th
8:30am – Check-In
9:00am – Demos Begin
9:00am – Uphill 101 Clinics Begin
10:00am – Beginner Tour #1 through the Bolton Backcountry (Details Below)
11:00am – Beginner Tour Hosted By Weston Snowboards (Details Below)
12:30pm – Beginner Tour #2 through the Bolton Backcountry (Details Below)
2:00pm – Uphill/Downhill Race… mass start, max fun, max carnage!
3:00pm – Raffle & Awards
Manufacturers attending include Voile, Karakorum, Spark R&D, Burton, Never Summer, Jones Snowboards, Rome, Weston Snowboards, the Outdoor Gear Exchange, Skirack, Waterbury Sports, and Alpine Shop. These companies will be on hand all day so you can fondle and test their equipment.
Throughout the day there will be regular Uphill 101 courses, demos, various impromptu backcountry tours & clinics, a super fun uphill/downhill race, and a sweet raffle!
Demos: During the day a variety of boards and bindings will be available to try out from brands such as Burton, Voile, Never Summer, Rome, Spark R&D, Weston Snowboards, Jones Snowboards, and Karakoram.
Uphill 101: This brief instructional session will take you on a short tour around Bolton where you will get to see what it’s like to earn your turns. We will share some tips on setting up your board, skinning up-hill, and provide you with some pointers to help you get the most out of your next uphill adventure.
Bolton BC Beginner Tour: On this tour we will depart from the demo area and take a scenic tour of the Bolton Backcountry Area. We will visit the Bryant Camp Cabin, Stowe View, eventually ending our tour at the top of the Wilderness Lift. This tour is ~4 miles in total and will take 1.5-2 hours to complete. This tour will depart at 10:00am, and 12:30pm. All are welcome, and there is no cap on participation.
Weston Snowboards Beginner Tour: This will be an introductory tour guided by representatives from Weston Snowboards. It’s free, includes demos if you need them, and will last ~2 hours. Space for this tour is limited to 6 participants. To register visit the Weston Tent as soon as you can on Sunday morning.
Uphill/Downhill Race Course: Burton Snowboards will be organizing a fun and challenging race at 2:00PM. Anyone and everyone is invited to come out. The final course won’t be revealed until the day of the event, but there will be uphill and downhill legs. We promise it will be ridiculous, heinous, challenging, and incredibly fun! The event will begin with a mass start, and hopefully everyone will participate! There will also be a special prize for the winners!
Raffle: At the end of the day we will raffle off a selection of prizes donated by our sponsors. The money raised by the raffle will go to support the activities of the Vermont Backcountry Alliance and Catamount Trail Association. Faffle tickets will be on sale at the event for (1)$5, (5)$10, (15)$20
Cost: FREE for demos + $17 for day pass from Bolton Valley if you don’t have a season pass
For the most part this is a FREE event. The demos are free. The tours, clinics, and race are free. However, you will need to have some sort of trail pass to be able to skin or ride on the mountain. This means you will need either a Bolton Nordic Day Pass, an Alpine Day Pass, or a season pass. Day passes are $17 and can be purchased at the main ticket window in the base area the day of the event or in advance here: Buy Online in Advance