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Backcountry Ski Touring Boots vs Downhill Resort Boots

 

So you’re wanting to start backcountry skiing? Before you click into your skis and head out, you should go over what equipment you’ll need to make sure you’re properly set up for a great day in the backcountry. The ski boots that you use for backcountry touring are different from the boots you use while you’re lapping groomers at the resort, so it’s important to know what you should be looking for in a ski touring boot. When it comes to backcountry touring boots, it’s a bit more complicated than “If the shoe fits, wear it”. Below are…

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AIARE Avalanche Courses Go Digital

COVID-19 Brings Changes to AIARE Avalanche Courses

We are pleased to announce a new format for teaching AIARE 1 & AIARE 2 avalanche courses effective upcoming 20/21 winter season. While the majority of time in our winter program is spent in small groups outside, the classroom component of our avalanche courses is a notable exception. With the current state of affairs in regards to COVID-19, as well as the significant uncertainty we face in making plans for the winter, we have decided to alter our avalanche education program to remove the in-person classroom component and move these important…

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Backcountry Education: What’s the next step?

 

Whether it’s your first year in the skin track or your fifth, now is the time to plan to get backcountry educated! We get a lot of questions from backcountry travelers wondering what the next step is, so we created this basic road map. From whichever stage you are starting from, use this reference to figure out how to progress your personal backcountry education.

 

Advanced Resort Skiers/Beginner Backcountry Skiers & Riders

 

Step Zero: Advanced Ski/Riding Skills

Be able to ski black diamond runs and…

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Alpenglow Backcountry Gear Guide

 

Backcountry skiing and riding may be all about going light, but that doesn’t mean it’s “gear-lite.” You’ll need a lot of specialized equipment to have a safe and successful day in the mountains. Here at Alpenglow, we field a ton of questions from people purchasing new backcountry gear and from people buying their first backcountry setup. If you’re in the market for something, our team has compiled a list of some of our favorites for men, women, splitboarders, and skiers. Here are the basics that you’ll need for a day out-of-bounds.

 

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What’s New at Alpenglow Expeditions

Squaw Valley Ski Resort (our home ski resort) reported 13 inches of new snow on the upper mountain after the last round of storms. We’re gonna go ahead and call that a great start! Forecasts for the month of November are calling for a few more storms to swing through our region and by December we should be set and ready for a fantastic season of skiing and riding in the backcountry around Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

Whats New for the 2017/18 Winter Season at Alpenglow Expeditions

A skier harvesting fresh powder in the Tram Ridge zone of Squaw Valley’s backcountry.…

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Why take an Intro to Backcountry Skiing course?

Text: Ben Weaver | Photos: Logan Talbott

Why take an Intro to Backcountry Skiing course with Alpenglow Expeditions? The bottom line, to enter in to the backcountry as a traveler is about creating one’s own experience. Where do I go up? Where do I have lunch? Where do I go down? No boundaries set by ropelines or lift tickets required. You will be choosing terrain based on ambition, fitness, equipment, and ability. For some it is an opportunity just to go for a walk in the woods. For others, they may be traveling for multiple days from one location to another.…

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Lake Tahoe Guided Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Education

When Adrian Ballinger moved the headquarters of Alpenglow Expeditions to North Lake Tahoe in California, it was because he believed that the area’s rugged mountains, expansive beauty and community full of world-class athletes offered the motivation and terrain needed for training and prepping for big mountain climbing and skiing expeditions.

Why not work where you train, and vice versa?

True to Adrian’s personal vision we are now able to extend to you the same training options in the mesmerizing terrain of Tahoe and Truckee. With copious amounts of Sierra snow already falling we’re now able to provide excellent guided…

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