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Ski With Us In Tahoe or the Tetons

Two mountaineers navigating a glacier on a Gasherbrum II Expedition

Alpenglow just launched our Big Mountain Ski Program. This is a series of ski trips that is a progression of building backcountry and ski mountaineering skills all over the world. You visit Ecuador, Peru, and Nepal and in addition to skiing, you get to travel and tour all these awesome countries. However, we couldn’t exclude the fantastic skiing in good old USA – especially when Tahoe is our hometown and the Tetons are right around the corner! Ok, so not right around the corner but they’re close enough to enjoy fantastic skiing all winter.

The Sierra Nevada and the Tetons have some of the best backcountry skiing in our country and we are stoked to be guiding in these mountains this winter. Alpenglow World Headquarters (aka our office) is located at the base of Squaw Valley, which is famous for its unparalleled resort terrain and also for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics. We walk out our door and are immediately in one of the best winter playgrounds in the world and we want you to join us! The Sierra Nevada has some moisture in the snow, so it sticks to terrain well, and is still powder, especially up high. Great coverage and ample fluffy snow are the best combination for backcountry skiing.


Skiers skinning uphill in the Tetons

Our guides have tons of experience skiing and guiding in the Sierra Nevada. They know where to go, how to get there, and most importantly, how to have fun skiing all kinds of terrain. All avid and strong skiers, they can give you tips on how to improve your own skiing and also begin to instruct you on the skills you’ll need to progress to ski mountaineering.

Ski mountaineering is the next step from backcountry skiing. You will still explore terrain on Alpine Touring gear, but you will also learn how to climb, belay, and use ropes to reach the summit and navigate steep terrain on the mountains you’re skiing. To put it in laymen’s terms: backcountry skiing is all about finding great snow and getting in some turns, whereas ski mountaineering adds summiting the peak into the mix, so at the end of your day, you achieve the incredible satisfaction of skiing and summiting a mountain.

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Alpenglow will also be guiding in the Tetons this winter. One of our lead guides, Brian Warren, is also a guide for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (JHMG). We partnered up with JHMG to bring our skiers into the Tetons, which is an ideal location to learn ski mountaineering skills. The Tetons also have a different kind of snow than the snow in Sierra Nevada. Rocky mountain powder is some of the best snow in the world and we don’t know about you, but we can’t get enough of it!

So come backcountry skiing with us this winter. We promise you will have tons of fun and you will leave a more confident, well-rounded skier, armed with new ski mountaineering skills that will eventually allow you to progress to bigger peaks around the globe.