For the 2nd year in a row, the Sitzmark Ski Area near the small community of Havillah in northeast Okanogan County will host a day of instruction and demos of Altai Skis ski/snowshoe hybrid Hoks and other Altai snow-sliding gear. Dubbed the Hok Festival, the free event on Saturday, January 28 includes activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with optional discount lift tickets available for participants who want to ride the lift.

The Hok combines the maneuverability and ease of use found in snowshoes with a ski’s efficiency of sliding over snow and down hills. Hok’s uphill climbing power come from a climbing skin built into the base of the ski and a lightweight design. The Hok Festival will include instruction on how to go up and downhill on a pair of Hoks and how to use a Tiak, which is a single pole that is used in the Altai region of China with the traditional skis that the Hok design was borrowed from. Koms, Altai Skis light backcountry touring ski with a positive-grip, no-wax base, will also be available for demo.

Sitzmark community ski hill in northeast Okanogan County

Sitzmark community ski hill in northeast Okanogan County

All ages and abilities are welcome at this free event. For more information, visit http://altaiskis.com/blog-2/or call Altai Skis at their Curlew, Wash. headquarters at 509-779-0030. //