Tune into Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week!


Each day, December 14th-18th, a series of short videos developed by community leaders, like Sierra Avalanche Center, will provide detailed information on specific backcountry safety topics and avalanche education opportunities.

This all leads to a live Q&A Panel with professional athletes on Thursday, 12/17/20, from 7-8 p.m.

Check out the schedule and complete the registration below to sign-up for the Athlete Summit with some of the business’s biggest names. 


Here are some insider tips to help you be safe when you’re out:


      • The backcountry is dangerous. Understand that help is far away and your safety is ultimately up to you.

      • There’s essential equipment you need and must know how to use before going into the backcountry.

      • Learn how avalanches happen and how to avoid them. What you don’t know can kill you and others.

      • Understand your local avalanche forecast to help guide your decision-making in the backcountry.

      • Learn about avalanche terrain to maximize your riding while minimizing your exposure to danger.

      • Avalanches are serious and require taking time to educate yourself. There’s always more to learn and this is ONLY A START!

Monday 12/14 | Get the picture.

Before we get into the details, we need to know what the backcountry even is.

Watch the Welcome and Overview videos from Sierra Avalanche Center and learn why so many partners are coming together to raise awareness of backcountry safety.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Athlete Summit, Thursday from 6-7 p.m.!

Tuesday 12/15 | Get the gear. 

Yes. Traveling in the backcountry requires a unique set of safety equipment. In this section, you’ll get an overview of why you need this gear, what you need, and where to learn how to use it.

Also featured in this section are etiquette tips from Tahoe Backcountry Alliance and Alpenglow Expeditions. These tips are essential to know so that everyone can have the back experience possible in the backcountry.

Wednesday 12/16 | Get the training. 

We’ve learned the backcountry is dangerous, good thing you can learn how to make educated decisions by taking an AIARE Level 1 or other avalanche safety courses.

A video on Judgement & Decision Making provides an in-depth look into the moments that ultimately controls how your day will go.

This is the perfect time to register for a training course!

Thursday 12/17 | Athlete Summit

What’s a better way to learn about the backcountry than from the best in the business? Tune into the Athlete Summit tonight from 6-7 p.m. for first-hand accounts from people who spend more time than most in the backcountry.

  • Athlete Summit
    • Featuring some of the biggest names in the business!

Friday 12/18 | Motorized Travel Tips & Safety

There are tons of ways to enjoy the backcountry. One of those is by snowmobile or snow bike. Motorized backcountry travelers have a whole slew of safety concerns to pay attention to. This day of Backcountry Safety Awareness Week is for all motorized users, especially those new to the sport.


Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week Partnership:

Sierra Avalanche Center, USDA Forest Service Region 5, Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, Alpenglow Expeditions, Blackbird Mountain Guides, Tahoe Mountain Sports, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Lake Tahoe Community College, Sierra Nevada University, Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers, Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, Tahoe Fund, Outdoor Alliance, Tahoe Sports Hub, North America Ski Training & Climbing, International Alpine Guides, Backcountry Babes, Golden State Guiding, Sierra Mountain Guides, Incline Village General Improvement District, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Town of Truckee, Nevada Department of Outdoor Recreation, and Sports Basement.