However, the Koot to Kat Alpine Adventure Race has a list of requirements: a partner, beacon, shovel, probe, communication device (phone or GPS) and the ability to get yourself up and over Mount Ripinski.

The Winter Fest runs from Friday, March 3rd to Sunday, 5th. The Haines “First Friday” event also takes place on March 3, kicking off downtown with an art walk on Main Street and around Fort Seward businesses and on to the fairgrounds. There, the Southeast Alaska State Fair and Takshanuk Watershed Council present the Telluride Mountain Film Festival from 6 p.m. to 9p.m. at Harriett Hall.

On Saturday the Haines Ski and Hike Club presents the Miles Klehini Ski Classic. This cross country ski race starts at 11 a.m. and is followed by a barbecue at mile 25 on the Haines Highway.

Sunday features the Koot to Kat Alpine Adventure Race presented by Haines Huts and the Haines Ski and Hike Club. The race starts at 8 a.m. at mile 6.5 on Lutak Road. The weekend wraps up with the Haines Winter Games presented by the Southeast Alaska State Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds. The event features fun and games for all ages, including snow machine demos, the Winter Olympics and a chili feed at the fair.

The Winter Fest is sponsored by the Southeast Alaska State Fair, the Haines Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Haines Ski and Hike Club, Hains Huts and Takshanuk Watershed Council. For more information about Winter Fest go to VisitHaines.com.