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Bear Valley Freeheel Festival
March 27-28, 2015

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*** SPECIAL NOTE *** - This years event is being modified to concentrate activities on Friday and Saturday, March 27 & 28th. Current conditions (March 23): Skiing is still good and we received 3 inches of new snow to freshen things up before this weekend.


Despite this lackluster winter season the Bear Valley Freeheel Festival is excited to offer a modfied schedule to highlight the great skiing, race and community spirit of the freeheel enthusiasts. If you haven't already been to Bear Valley this season you'll be surprised with the good skiing due to agressive snowmaking and dedicated groomers. Even the off-piste has been good with recent snow and spring conditions. So if you haven't already made plans, now is the time to mark your calendar and make reservations to attend the Bear Valley Valley Freeheel Festival.

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Festival Overview Regsiter Now

FRIDAY (March 27, 2015)

  • All-Day Telemark Workshops (Beg-Exp) - $75
  • Discounted lift tickets to support the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) - $40

SATURDAY (March 28, 1015)

  • Freeheel Race (telemark, randonee & splitboard) - $50
  • Telemark Clinics (Beg-Adv) - $25/clinic
  • Free Avalanche Safety Workshop
  • Apres Ski & BBQ - $25 / $15 youth


Friday - March 27, 2015 Regsiter Now

Friday kicks off with full day telemark lessons at the Bear Valley Mountain and discounted lift tickets to benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center.

Full Day Telemark Workshops - $75
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Beginning-Expert)
Spend the day learning from some of the best instructors in the business in a low to student ratio. Doesn't matter if your new or experienced, everybody can always improve their tele turns.

Discounted Lift Tickets - $40
Support the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) by purchasing a discounted lift ticket for a day of skiing and riding at Bear Valley. These tickets are valid on March 27th only.

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Saturday - March 28, 2015 Regsiter Now

Saturday starts early with the freeheel race before settling into telemark clinics and a free afternoon avalanche workshop. Then as lifts close we fire up the BBQ and enjoy an Apres Ski with tasty food and cheer.

Bear Valley Freeheel Race - $50
The Bear Valley Freeheel Race follows a traditional randonee (ski mountaineering) format with "... a timed event that follows an established trail through challenging winter alpine terrain while passing through a series of checkpoints. Racers climb and descend under their own power using backcountry skiing equipment and techniques"(USSMA).

Saturday Telemark Clinics - $25/clinic
Two hour clinics will be offered in the 10AM & 1PM. Each clinic is specific to skier ability and topic. Participants sign-up for clinics on Saturday morning at the registration desk.

Free Avalanche Clinic by Ortovox
Join Gary Bard from Ortovox for an hands-on introduction to the avalanche phenomenon. Topics such as avalanche danger recognition, avoidance and resuce will be covered. 1-3PM

Apres Ski BBQ & Cheer - $25 / $10 youth
As the lifts close we will fire up the BBQ and and enjoy the waning hours of daylight with fellow freeheelers. Local vegetables from Outer Aisle and refreshing libations will fill our bellies and fuel the tales from the day. 4-6PM

2015 Festival Pricing Regsiter Now
Full Day Telemark, Randonee, & Splitboard Workshops $75
Discounted Lift Ticket to benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center $40
Freeheel Ski Race $50
2 hour Telemark Clinics - 10AM & 1PM (Beg-Adv) $25/clinic
Avalanche Clinic by Ortovox - 1-3PM Free
Apres Ski & BBQ - 4-6PM $25 / $15 youth
Discounted Lift Ticket $45 (regularly $68)

2015 Festival Registration Regsiter Now

All registrations should go through either our Online Registration Form. We discourage taking reservations over the phone or else we would never get a chance to go skiing. But of course if you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you on the snow this winter!

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2015 Festival Sponsors Regsiter Now

These companies contribute generously to the festival. Please visit and support these folks.

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