Billed as the premier uphill race event in the Pacific Northwest, VertFest is scheduled for Saturday at Mt. Bachelor ski area.
The event includes uphill races for telemark and alpine-touring skiers and splitboarders, starting at 10 a.m., as well as demos from Pine Mountain Sports and backcountry ski clinics with Timberline Mountain Guides.
The classic mountaineering event is staged along a scenic and challenging course, with categories that include 2,000 or 4,000 vertical feet.
Entry fees range from $20 to $35, and are $10 more on the day of the event. Online registration is available at www.mtbachelor.com.
All proceeds from registration fees benefit the Central Oregon Avalanche Association.