Welcome to Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week 2023!

Day 1 – Welcome to the New Backcountry

Today kicks off Backcountry Safety Awareness week with content to help new users get started and refresh the basics for veterans. We finish things off today with a backcountry edit featuring local terrain to get you stoked for the season!

Looking for an in-person event? RMU Truckee is hosting a happy hour this evening at 6pm. Get the week started with discounted drinks, a raffle, an overview of the full Backcountry Safety Week program, and more!

Check out all of Day 1’s content below.

How to Get Started

Backcountry skiing and riding can feel like an overwhelming sport.  There are hazards to manage and lots of gear to understand. In this video we’ll talk about the most important things to get you started as a backcountry skier.



Introduction to the Backcountry


Backcountry Tips with Claire Hewitt-Demeyer

Tahoe Backcountry Alliance produced this short video with local professional snowboarder, Claire Hewitt-Demeyer to provide a quick starting point for those who are thinking about getting in to the backcountry.

Follow Claire’s adventures on Instagram: @wheres_claire_now

Claire Hewitt-Demeyer – Riding Local Terrain

First Tracks Productions produced this interview and action edit with local professional snowboarder, Claire Hewitt-Demeyer. Watch Claire as she descends from some well-known and lesser known lines in the Tahoe region from this past winter.

Follow Claire’s adventures on Instagram: @wheres_claire_now

Win a Free Spot in an AAIRE Course!

During Backcountry Safety Awareness Week, Alpenglow Expeditions generously donated two free spots to their AIARE courses to help our community access this critical safety education.

How to enter:

Keep an eye out for this giveaway next year! 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.

For over 40 years IAG/ASI team have been guiding throughout California, as well as on many of the great peaks of the world. As one of the most experienced and oldest guide services in California, we bring to you the highest standards in the mountain guiding industry.

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 Tahoe Community Alliance, Town of Truckee, Nevada Department of Outdoor Recreation, and Sports Basement.

Stay tuned tomorrow for “Preparing for the Backcountry”!