Tahoe’s 3rd Backcountry Safety Awareness Week is December 12-17, 2022.

Schedule of Events:

Visit the Events Page for full details of all events.

Monday, December 12 – Getting Started Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding: Virtual Event for Women with SheJumps and Weston at 5:00pm on Zoom.

Wednesday, December 14 – Two events put on by UC Davis TERC! Winter Predictions with the National Weather Service, Virtual Lecture at 12:00pm on Zoom. Changing Snowpack, Hazards, and Backcountry Safety Lecture with Central Sierra Snowlab, In-Person Evening Lecture at the Tahoe Science Center at 5:30pm.

Thursday, December 15 – Two events! Sharing the Backcountry Panel and Live Music at RMU Truckee at 6:00pm. Tahoe Backcountry Women Slideshow at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City at 6:30pm.

Friday, December 16 – Professional Athlete Panel with Alpenglow Expeditions at Palisades Tahoe.

Saturday, December 17 – Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers Meetup and Beacon Park at Hope Valley Sno-Park at 9:00am.

Read more in-depth about Daily Topics here:

Day 1: Welcome to the New Backcountry

Day 2: Preparing for the Backcountry

Day 3: Be a Friend in the Backcountry

Day 4: Motors in the Backcountry

 

Know before you go:

What is the avalanche risk today? Visit the Sierra Avalanche Center to find out.

Where should you go?

Mike’s Ski Tours is a great resource for local backcountry spots.

Check out the Sustainable Truckee Interactive Map.

Stay up to date on weather and travel conditions.

Truckee Tahoe Travel Alert

Visit Lake Tahoe Live Conditions

Follow local backcountry etiquette:

Here are some more 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!


Get the picture.

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

Watch the videos from Day 1 HERE

Backcountry Tips and Etiquette from Alpenglow Expeditions & Tahoe Backcountry Alliance

Introduction to the Backcountry

 

Why you need to be worried: associated dangers & risks


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.

Why you need this gear. 

Backcountry Tips & Etiquette from Tahoe Backcountry Alliance & Alpenglow Expeditions

What to Wear from Alpenglow Expeditions 


Get the training. 

We’ve learned the backcountry is dangerous, a 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!

Where to get training: 

Thanks to Sierra Avalanche Center, you can find every local backcountry education provider on this page: https://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/education/providers.

Why training matters with Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center 


Daily Flow. 

To return safely from each day in the mountains, you need a risk management process that isn’t burdensome and difficult to follow. Welcome to the Sierra Avalanche Center’s “Daily Flow.” When applied well, the “Daily Flow” is an elegant way to structure your day. It allows for fun in the snow while managing avalanche risk and providing opportunities for lifelong learning.


Backcountry Tips and Etiquette Part 3 with Tahoe Backcountry Alliance & Alpenglow Expeditions


Athlete Summit

What’s a better way to learn about the backcountry than from the best in the business? The 2021 Athlete Summit recording can be viewed HERE, hosted by Alpenglow Expeditions!

Featuring: Amie Engerbretson, Connery Lundin, Michelle Parker, and Duncan Lee

Alpenglow Expeditions will be hosting an in-person Athlete Summit at Palisades Tahoe on Friday, December 16. Stay tuned for more information on the Events Page.


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.

Where to get educated for motorized use.

Sierra Avalanche Center offers Level 1, Rescue, and Level 2 avalanche classes for motorized users. Interested parties can register for a class through this LINK.


Travel Tips & Safety with Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers. 


Motorized Daily Flow.

To return safely from each day in the mountains, you need a risk management process that isn’t burdensome and difficult to follow. Welcome to the Sierra Avalanche Center’s “Daily Flow.” When applied well, the “Daily Flow” is an elegant way to structure your day. It allows for fun in the snow while managing avalanche risk and providing opportunities for lifelong learning.


Win a Free Spot in an AAIRE Course!

Alpenglow Expeditions has generously donated two free spots to their AIARE courses to help our community access this critical safety education.

How to enter:

Visit the @alpenglowexpeditions Instagram page to learn how you can enter to win.

 

Learn more and see their full course offerings:

Alpenglow Expeditions Avalanche Courses

Golden State Guiding Avalanche Courses 


Partners and Resources 

 The Tahoe Backcountry Alliance is the voice for the human-powered winter backcountry community in the Lake Tahoe area, advocating for and informing our community about critical issues affecting winter backcountry recreation in and around Tahoe.

 

Sierra Avalanche Center’s mission is to inform and educate the public about backcountry avalanche conditions in the greater Lake Tahoe area.

 

Alpenglow Expeditions is the only guide service in Tahoe accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association. Join our professional mountain guides for an inspiring adventure in the Tahoe backcountry, whether it be our industry-leading AIARE 1 courses with both traditional and hybrid options, or a day of powder skiing bliss in the Palisades Backcountry. Give our team a call to discover your options – we’re open 7 days a week in the Village at Palisades Tahoe.

877-873-5376 | AlpenglowExpeditions.com

 

The Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers is a 501(c)3 run by a group of volunteers committed to winter avalanche safety education and practice, promoting positive backcountry experiences and snowmobile for all backcountry users, and advocating for motorized backcountry experiences and access for all, regardless of health-status, physical abilities, socioeconomic background, or culture. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions or find us at LakeTahoeSnowmobilers.com or
@laketahoesnowmobilers on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Truckee-Tahoe (VTT) is the 501c6 Destination Marketing & Management Organization (DMMO) for Truckee, California. VTT promotes, protects and enhances Truckee as an authentic mountain town. Sustainable Truckee is a Visit Truckee-Tahoe initiative that promotes stewardship programs and services. Sustainable Truckee programs for winter 2021-22 include Truckee Trail Host Ambassadors, Winter Recreation & Safety Trailhead Signage, Winter Recreation & Safety Map, and Truckee-Tahoe Travel Alert. Learn more at www.visittruckeetahoe.com.

Founded by IFMGA/American Mountain Guide Zeb Blais, Blackbird Mountain Guides offers a full range of mountain adventures and skills courses to up your game in the backcountry.   From AIARE avalanche education and heli-accessed BC lodge ski touring to rock and alpine climbing across the globe, their AIARE and AMGA trained guides can make your mountain dreams a reality. Set up a trip or book a course with them today!

 

Golden State Guiding is a full service Guide Service in California offering privately guided backcountry splitboarding and skiing programs, AIARE Avalanche Courses, and rock, ice, and alpine climbing programs. GSG is also a 1% for the Planet member and our main beneficiaries are the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, Protect Our Winters, Yosemite Conservancy and Friends of Joshua Tree.

More partners include: UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, USDA Forest Service Region 5, Tahoe Mountain Sports, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Lake Tahoe Community College, Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers, Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, Tahoe Fund, Outdoor Alliance, Tahoe Sports Hub, North America Ski Training & Climbing, International Alpine Guides, Backcountry Babes, 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.