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Backcountry Tips from our Guides

We may love skiing pow at Alpenglow, but we LOVE backcountry safety even more. We asked our guide team to give us one of their favorite backcountry safety tips, check it out:

 

“When planning a backcountry tour first decide where not to go – that means figure out where the avalanche problems are, “close” that terrain and agree to not go there. THEN decide on where to go, and “open up” that terrain.” – Logan Talbott

“Don’t just blindly follow a skin track – make sure it goes exactly where…

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How To Run an International Mountaineering Program during a Pandemic

Logan Talbott leading a team during the Ecuador Climbing School.

These are uncertain times. While we can’t eliminate all the variables, our team has done a lot of legwork to make it possible to travel as responsibly as possible given the current state. Learn more about the modifications we’ve made to our international climbing programs from Logan Talbott, co-owner and chief guide. In the following interview, Logan gives a play-by-play of how we’ve altered operations to make it all work.

 

Q: How has the pandemic affected operations at Alpenglow?

“The pandemic has had significant effects on…

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Alpenglow Expeditions Rental Fitting Guide

Renting ski equipment from our rental fleet but aren’t quite sure what sizes you need? No worries, we can help out with that. It can be hard to get the correct sizing for your skis and ski boots if you don’t already know your sizes. Below we’ll take a quick dive into how to best-guess your ski and ski boot size while renting gear on your client portal. Let’s start with boots.

 

Alpenglow Expeditions Ski Boot Rental Fleet

While we do have a large array of boot sizes, our rental fleet is somewhat limited. We have boots ranging in…

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Everest grows by nearly a meter!

The highest mountain in the world just increased the margin of its lead by an additional 2.8 feet (.86 meters). China and Nepal presented a new official figure of 8,848.86 meters (29,031.69 feet) above sea level.

Everest stands on the border between China and Nepal and is climbed by parties from both sides. Previously, China and Nepal had disagreed on how to measure the mountain- should the highpoint be measured to the highest point of rock OR should it be measured all the way through the layer of snow that sits on top of that rock? Up until the…

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Ecuador Climbing School is Underway!

Fuya Fuya: “once again, team did great 3h 11min round trip…. now sitting at a local restaurant, trying the local cuisine of Otavalo” – Jamie

We’re Back!

We are beyond excited to welcome climbers back to our international programs for the first time in almost a year. After an 8-month shutdown of our entire international program, we are officially operating again in Ecuador!

The Ecuador Climbing School is running for two weeks and our team is planning to climb Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and then Chimborazo. There’s also a crew of skiers who will be climbing the same peaks…

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COVID-19 modifications to our winter program

It is clear that COVID-19 will remain a challenge for the upcoming winter, and that diligent planning and attention to detail are paramount in managing the spread of the disease. After a busy summer of guiding and teaching here in Lake Tahoe, we have settled into our “new normal” way of running our business, and want to share a peek at what a day will look like with us this winter. One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from the last 8 months is that we need to be flexible and responsive in how we react to the virus, local…

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Front Desk Position Now Available

Looking for an opportunity in the outdoor industry?

Alpenglow Expeditions is looking to expand its office team this winter season! We are looking for someone who is hardworking and passionate about the outdoors. Joining our team means being surrounded with people who love the outdoors and want to share their passion with others. Whether you’re chatting about our avalanche courses or discussing how to stay safe in the backcountry, our goal is to provide a unique and excellent experience for each client who desires to explore mountains across the world. Our expeditions and treks were created to combine our guides’…

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COVID-19 Modifications to International Mountain Guiding Operations

Alpenglow Expeditions is committed to doing our part in the mitigation of COVID-19 and always takes the health and safety of our employees and guests very seriously. With the continued spread of COVID-19, Alpenglow has designed a COVID-19 International Expedition Operating Plan to allow expeditions to be resumed in countries and regions that are accepting tourism.

 

Below are the primary measures that will be taken to protect the health and safety of all International Expedition climbers and staff:

 

Pre-Trip Testing:

All climbers, guides and expedition staff must receive a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of the start…

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Tahoe Via Ferrata is OPEN

Happy Opening Day: May 26, 2020!

Come climb with us!

We are so excited to announce that the Tahoe Via Ferrata is OPEN! With COVID-19 precautions in place, we are now running private 2.5-hr and 4-hr Via Ferrata tours at Squaw Valley in addition to private rock climbing sessions at Donner Summit. We can’t wait to climb with you!

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Tahoe Via Pricing

Part of our COVID-19 re-opening plan is to limit our offerings to private climbs only, with no open-enrollment group options available. We slashed rates on private 2.5-hour and private 4-hour…

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Modifications to Rock and Snow Guiding Operations

An Alpenglow guide monitoring a climber

Alpenglow Expeditions is committed to doing our part in the mitigation of COVID-19, as well as complying with local and state guidelines. Our reopening plan includes numerous modifications to how we’ll be conducting guiding operations on the Tahoe National Forest. Modifications to how we guide the Tahoe Via Ferrata have been outlined in a separate post.

Side Note: Rock and ski guiding operations on the Eldorado National Forest and Inyo National Forest are currently on hold and will be restarted soon. All international operations are currently suspended through August 2020. We…

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