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Outdoor enthusiasts with passports can party this weekend in the White Pass-Skagway area at the 3rd annual Backcountry Bash and Ball.

“Springtime in this part of the world is really exceptional. This is a chance for the folks in the North to get together and do what they do best, and that’s play together,” says organizer Tim Bourcy, owner of the Mountain Shop in Skagway.

The three-day event kicks off at 4 pm Friday, March 11 with a meet-and-greet screening of entries in the 5-minute winter sport video competition at the Alaska Brotherhood Hall.

This will be followed by the first of two nights of entertainment at the Skagway Brewing Company, beginning at 9 pm. Two bands will be on hand for both the Friday and Saturday evening events.

Daylight will see the focus shift to skis, snowboards, snowshoes and snowmachines in the Pass and along the Nordic trails at Log Cabin maintained by organizers of the annual Buckwheat Classic cross-country race.

This year’s “Buckwheat” – the 25th – takes place Saturday, March 26. Bourcy sees the two events as complementary.

“It’s a natural synergy for the two and it’s just a great opportunity for both of them to accent each other.”

As in previous years, the Backcountry Bash and Ball will include a safety component, with avalanche safety presentations and a transceiver clinic from11 am to 2 pm Saturday, offered by the Yukon Avalanche Association.

“Although we play in the back country, we need to do it in a responsible manner,” Bourcy says. “So, it’s having fun, but being safe as well.”

Saturday will also feature the video awards presentation and a snow kiting demonstration by Kite Yukon from 1-4 pm.

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