Backcountry Booty: Coldsmoke Powder Festival Weekend Pass (Hidden: 2/6/20; Found: 2/9/20)

Photo: Ryan Flett. Courtesy of Whitewater Ski Resort

Ready to play Out There Outdoors’ Backcountry Booty treasure hunt contest? Read on for our contest rules and details. Then get out there and find the booty!

Backcountry Booty Prize:

For this mid-winter Booty we are giving away a Full Weekend Pass to the Coldsmoke Powder Festival at Whitewater Ski Area near Nelson, B.C. February 21-23, 2020! This annual event is a weekend celebration of everything backcountry for everyone from beginner to expert skiers or splitboarders. Read more about Coldsmoke here.

The retail value of this awesome prize package is around $550 CAD and includes the following.

  • Introduction to Backcountry (2-day clinic) Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd
  • Lift ticket to Whitewater Ski Resort on Sunday 23rd
  • VIP access to the KMC Bush Party on Saturday 22nd
  • VIP access to the Powder Crown spectator zone on Sunday 23rd
  • VIP goodie bag, packed full of swag from our sponsors
  • Please note that the travel and lodging costs are on you.
This could be you enjoying some coldsmoke at Whitewater! Photo: Dave Heath

Even if you don’t find the Booty, there is still time to get your own tickets to the to the 14th Annual Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest. It’s one of the biggest gatherings of the region’s backcountry community with a huge gear demo area, clinics all weekend long, and plenty of contests and parties!

Bonus Prize: This prize package also includes 4 tickets to the Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo February 22-23 at the Spokane Convention Center. ($45 value).


Play the Out There Outdoors Backcountry Booty treasure hunt contest and you get to explore different trails around the region and possibly win gift certificates for cool outdoor gear and other prizes. Here’s how it works along with a few rules you need to follow to play:

  1. We hide a booty certificate, that’s good for whatever prizes are up for grabs, near a trail somewhere in a park or recreation area in the greater Spokane area.
  2. We name the general location and offer up a few clues and photos on Facebook and the Out There Outdoors website (scroll down on this page for the clues and pics).
  3. You “like” the Out There Outdoors Facebook Page to keep in the loop when a new booty is up for grabs, and then check the contest page at to review all the current clues.
  4. You take care not to trample native plants/wildlife while you’re searchingNo digging, turning over rocks or disturbing shorelines, logs or brush that provide important wildlife habitat is required to find a booty and is highly frowned upon and will bring you bad booty karma! Walk, look around and pay attention to the clues and forest/nature around you. We also encourage you to take along a garbage bag for picking up trash whenever you’re out hunting for booty.
  5. We keep giving out clues on Facebook and on our website until someone finds the booty and wins.
  6. Winners take a victory photo at the location where they find it and post the photo on the Out There Outdoors Facebook page to confirm that the booty has been found (letting us know that you found the booty right away is important–email us with questions).
  7. Follow the instructions on the booty certificate and we will let you know where to pick up the prize(s)!

The Backcountry Booty prize voucher we hid looks pretty much like this one.


Clue #4: It’s not Christmas, but you’ve gone too far! Just not by a ton.

Clue #3: Even closer yet. Please be aware that someone had their car window broken and a bag stolen at the trailhead this weekend. Don’t leave anything that looks valuable in your vehicle.

Clue #2: Getting closer. Just a reminder to wear good traction on your feet and consider hiking poles while there is snow/ice on the trail. And stay a safe distance from the edge of the trail next to the drop off down to the river. We usually hide backcountry booty prize vouchers somewhere between the trailhead and a mile to a mile and a half from the trailhead, so plan to enjoy a nice walk!

You won’t find the booty here but keep going and looking!

Clue #1: Know where this paved trail parking lot is? Find it and start walking and looking around! You won’t need to look very far off the trail. As long as there is snow/ice on the ground, wear the best traction boots and spikes like these if you can. Trekking poles like these from Leki help too. And please don’t go near ravine edges where you could slip and fall! Have fun out there.

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