Where does the Splitfest at Mt. Baker take place?
The Festival headquarters are at the Chair 9 Bar and Pizza. 10459 Mt Baker Hwy, Glacier, WA 98244. Most of the touring starts out of the upper lot of the Mt Baker Ski resort but there’s no limit to where you can go. The best thing to do is show up at the Chair 9 on Friday night for the Meet & Greet, get your demo gear and find someone to group up with. There will be groups ranging from first-tours to peak-baggers to meet up with. The Splitfest doesn’t officially group people up, it’s your own responsibility to introduce yourself and find the appropriate touring partners.
What is the schedule?
The schedule of events can be found at Schedule of Events
How much does the Splitfest at Mt Baker cost?
The Festival is totally free to attend. However you are responsible for your own food and lodging. The splitboard demos are also free of charge but you are required to bring your own avalanche gear. The demo vendors will also have release forms for you to sign and may require a deposit. Each vendor is independent from the Splitfest and have their own set of rules for you to follow.
What do I need for the Splitfest?
You will need your own avalanche gear and the knowledge to use it. You will need a set of skins for your demo gear. You also need lots of cash for the raffle!
Where do I stay?
You are responsible for your own lodging. There are many rentals available in the Glacier area. Rentals can be found at Baker Accommodations or Mt Baker Vacation Rentals
Where do I tour?
Some of the best touring can be found in the Bagley Lakes area which is just north of the Mt Baker ski area. Most people park in the upper lot and and meet up at the Blueberry Cat Track trail-head. A favorite destination for beginner tours is always Artist Point where there are wonderful views of both Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan.
Where do I get a demo board?
The demo tents will be set up at the Chair 9 Pizza and Bar on Friday night. Although the tents are open most of the weekend, there are only a limited number of demos to lend out. So it’s in your best interest to be at the tent on Friday night to reserve one. Also watch the Facebook page to reserve a demo early.
How much are raffle tickets?
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. This year we will be selling tickets starting on Friday night. Look in the bar for the largest crowd and you will probably find someone selling tickets!
What’s in the raffle this year?
As usual there will be a plethora of prizes which including splitboards! Keep an eye on the Splitfest Blog as there will be teaser announcements for the prizes as they are received from the sponsors.
WHO ORGANIZES THE SPLITFEST AT MT. BAKER?
The Splitfest at Mt. Baker was originally started in 2010 by Bob Rodgers and Terry Schmidbauer as a way to bring Splitboarders together in the Pacific Northwest. They wanted to create a festival that was dedicated to splitboarding, served the riders and raised money for the local avalanche center.