Day 2 – Preparing for the Backcountry

Day 2 covers the most important part of staying safe in the backcountry – proper education and preparation. 

This massive storm is a great reminder of just how important it is to properly prepare and check the avalanche forecast before going out into the backcountry. New snow is exciting, but it can also create dangerous conditions. An avalanche warning has currently been issued for the Tahoe area.


Live Events

We have a full schedule of live events this week. View the schedule and register here.

Tonight and tomorrow is your last chance to see the film “Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche” screening at the Tahoe Art Haus.

Showtimes at 5:00pm and 7:30pm

Buy your tickets here. 

 


AIARE Avalanche Courses 

Getting the proper education is key to staying safe in the backcountry. It is critical to take an AIARE Avalanche Course before going out. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or experienced backcountry rider, these courses allow you to gain a better understanding of how to operate in the backcountry with a solid avalanche education.


Win a Free Spot in an AIARE Course!

Alpenglow Expeditions and Golden State Guiding have generously donated free spots to their AIARE courses to help our community access this critical safety education.

 

How to enter:

Visit the @goldenstateguiding and @alpenglowexpeditions Instagram pages 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 


Education and Practice

Getting the proper education and committing to practice are two of the most important things you can do to stay safe in the backcountry. 

  • Get the education through a formal avalanche education course.
  • Follow the progression through AIARE level 2.
  • The first step is to go to your local avalanche center or find your local professional guides service.
  • Encourage your friends to get educated and talk about everyone’s knowledge and skill level.
  • Finally, practice practice practice. The journey is continuous.


Planning

Safety starts before you ever hit the snow. Be sure to properly prepare for your trip and to pack the necessary equipment. 

  • Check the avalanche forecast and know how to read it. Make this a part of your routine.
  • Let others know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
  • Make sure you’re self-reliant with the necessary tools and equipment.
  • Park at the trailhead respectfully.


BLACKBIRD BIPOC AVALANCHE SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of the Blackbird BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Avalanche Course Scholarship is to acknowledge structural racism that has contributed to a lack of representation in the ski industry and remove financial barriers to avalanche education to make backcountry skiing more accessible and representative of our population as a whole.

To that end, they are offering an AIARE 1, a Women’s AIARE 1, or Lift Accessed Avalanche Rescue course to the chosen recipient.  This avalanche course scholarship will be for an in- person course in the Truckee / Lake Tahoe area.

The application deadline is Dec 20, 2021. 

Apply here.


What to Pack with Claire Hewitt-Demeyer

Tahoe Backcountry Alliance produced this video with local professional snowboarder, Claire Hewitt-Demeyer to show the items she thinks are essential to pack for a day touring in the backcountry.  Follow Claire’s adventures on Instagram: @wheres_claire_now

 


Helmets

Head injuries are a big deal and the best way to protect your most vital organ (your brain) is to wear a helmet.  We’ll cover helmet technology and what to look for when buying a helmet in this brief video.


What to Wear

The right gear offers protection from the elements and from hypothermia.

  • Always wear a helmet
  • Utilize layers
  • Base Layers: Wear synthetic or wool baselayers, do not use cotton.
  • Mid Layer: Lightweight fleece or a thicker baselayer
  • Top Layer: Shell jacket and/or pants for days with weather. Softshells are nice and breathable when touring.
  • Seasonality and daytime weather will affect your layering choices


Electrical Interference and Beacons

Testing how cell phone, bluetooth headphones, GPS, and electric glove interfere with a variety of beacons.


Make the Backcountry Safety Pledge

and be entered to win a Boundary Ridge™ Kit from Mountain Hard Wear!

Learn more and make the pledge here. 


View Day 1 Content: “Welcome to to Backcountry!”


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.

 

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

 

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!

530-414-9897 | BlackbirdGuides.com

 

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.

 

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.