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A Wild Day Of Backcountry With The GBA

Updated: Apr 11, 2019

Check out latest Blog post on our time at Wild Corn.

Friday, April 5th Granite Backcountry Alliance and Protect our Winters joined together to start a wild weekend with beer, music and Special Guest, Forrest Shearer, a POW Ambassador. The Third annual wild corn shindig grew, rolling over from Friday into Saturday, hosted at Black mountain where lifts were closed and the mountain become overtaken with BC Skiers and Splitboarders. Plus All proceeds from the event went to benefit Granite Backcountry Alliance, a New Hampshire non-profit organization advancing backcountry skiing in New Hampshire and western Maine.

Wild POW at Tuckerman’s Brewery was the kickoff to a weekend of events, DEMOS, raffles, silent auctions, live music, games and races. Bringing people together for a drink and to socialize and to prepare for the long and busy day that was to follow. Speaker Forrest Shearer from Protect Our Winters (POW), a national non-profit advocating climate change awareness and action, spoke on big mountain Skiing/Splitboarding and how an individual can help take ahold of climate change.

The purpose of the event is to bring together the backcountry community to celebrate the desired crop of any backcountry explorer, corn. "Corn" refers to the snow condition during the time window when the sun cooks the snow so slightly, creating ideal ski conditions, according to GBA's Tyler Ray. Wild corn event focuses on providing an on mountain experience that simulates the idea of a "backcountry resort". The lifts were turned off at Black Mountain and all skiing was earned by climbing to the top.

Guests were given a rare access to backcountry skiing and Splitboarding demonstrations and clinics at no extra cost as part of the Wild Corn ticket. There was something for everyone from yoga, injury prevention, first aid information, backcountry 101, Splitboarding 201, fat biking and snowshoeing.There was also time to relax and get a bite or put your feet up in the warm Lostbo pub. Of course, everyone's favorite is the exciting and entertaining Wild Corn Skimo Race hosted by Ski The Whites. Racers skinned up and Skied/ Boarded down the course, and had the opportunity to hit the kicker, all for the crowd's delight. Cowbells rang through the air as they jumped and began to make their way back up. Other games were corn hole hosted by UTILITY and Hub North, GBA's Transition Rodeo and Mammut's Golden Shovel Race. Three bands, including Dagobah, Reklis and headliner Seacoast band Moon Boot Lover, played on the outdoor Soundstage.

This event brought the opportunity of having the first trial of the updated cargo shop showing all that UTILITY

Made has to offer. The UTILITY CARGO SHOP is a mobile retail pop - up designed to connect better with our customers and friends of the future. Offering a custom shopping experience at every event and show. Every season, we will pop up at a variety of locations, spreading our reach further as we grow and Wild Corn is just the start.

CheckOut our upcoming events, Tuckerman’s Inferno Pentathlon, White Lakes ULTRA, MWVCC Annual Golf Tournament, Seek The Peak, and many many more to come.

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