Dates and events have been announced for Silver Mountain's Backcountry Weekend -- February 9th and 10th 2019! Saturday: 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 a.m.-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. Panhandle Backcountry Transition Race Panhandle Backcountry will be hosting a transition race, so make sure to bring your boots, boards, and skins to see who can go from uphill mode to downhill the fastest. This is the perfect way to prep for Sunday's race.. Time: 12.-12:15 p.m. Cost: Free Meet: At the flag poles in front of the Mountain House 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 will be available for guidance and advice. Time: Noon-3 p.m. 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. Whitworth 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 p.m. 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 and Raffle Head up to Radio Brewing Company and enjoy some local craft beer, great food, good conversation, and fantastic company. 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, raffle starts at 6:30 p.m.. Sunday: Intro to Backcountry Travel Learn the basics of backcountry travel including using skins, telemark gear, or splitboards, transitioning from uphill to downhill, route finding, and more! Time: 9 a.m. Cost: Free Meet: At the flag poles in front of the Mountain House. Participants should bring their own touring gear and be able to ski intermediate runs or above. Wardner Peak Uphill Downhill It’s the fourth 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.