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Winterfest has new events at 49 Degrees

WINTER SPORTS -- Paintball biathlon at the nordic ski trails joins the traditional telemark ski race, gear demos and other activities on the downhill slopes for the annual Winterfest events Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 49 Degrees North.

Also new is the family snow-sculting contest. Avalanche tranceiver training clinics are available, plus snowshoeing clinics, nightime ski and snowshoe tours and much more.

Friday's events include cross-country skiing clinics and an evening Avalanche Awareness class.

Saturday's featured events include cross-country classic, skating and telemark skiing clinics and a telemark race.

Sunday's featured events include the EPIC ski ascent and descent,  (originally called the Puke Your Guts Out race) on the downhill slopes and paintball biathlon on the nordic trails.

Winterfest is sponsored by Eastern Washington University, 49 Degrees North and Mountain Gear

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.