Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week 2022

Day 4 – Motors in the Backcountry

Today is all about motorized use! Our friends at Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers share tips and advice on how to safety access and experience the backcountry on a snowmobile.

See all the content for motorized user below.

Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers Backcountry Safety Video

Helmets and Clothing for Snowmobiling

Talking with Olympic snowboarding champion Tori (Koski) Billings from TOBE about why DOT approved snowmobiling helmets and high-quality 45k clothing are important for backcountry safety.

Helmet Lights

Short clip on why helmet lights are essential for backcountry riders

Maintenance for Safety

Talking with Missing Digit Motors about what maintenance is needed for your snowmobile before each ride to help make sure you safely return home.

Motorized Daily Flow

Sierra Avalanche Center shares risk management strategies when entering the backcountry on a snowmobile.

Sign up for a free Motorized Avalanche Class!

Sierra Avalanche Center provides Level 1, Rescue, and Level 2, avalanche classes for motorized users. It is recommended that classes be taken in that order. All SAC classes follow the guidelines established by the American Avalanche Association, so they are recognized throughout the U.S. and are compatible with classes offered by other educational providers. These classes are free to the public but require registration in advance.

How to sign up:

Visit Sierra Avalanche Center for an overview of their motorized classes.

For non-motorized AIARE 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.