Here are some 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

Welcome from Sierra Avalanche Center

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? Athlete Summit recording can be viewed here, hosted by Alpenglow Expeditions!

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


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.



Is brought to you by these partners:

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.