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.

Half Day Squaw Valley Backcountry Last year, for the first time in Squaw Valley’s history, we launched backcountry tours from their boundaries using their lift system to cut out the initial ascent. The program was a huge success and building on that we wanted to lower the barriers of entry to get into the backcountry with Alpenglow. For those that don’t want to spend a full day in the backcountry, we’ve created a 4 hour backcountry experience at Squaw Valley.  We’ll be accessing the tram ridge zone which ends at the Shirley Lake Trailhead. Our shuttle will pick us up and whisk us back to the lifts in no time flat. All of that to say – clients will be able to access this zone using their regular alpine skiing equipment. No special rentals (aside from avalanche gear) This new offering allows guests can use their regular in-bounds ski equipment

AIARE Avalanche Rescue – Also new this year in AIARE’s curriculum is the avalanche rescue course. This is a one day course that is a . This one day course and pre-requisite to the new AIARE 2 course designed to keep backcountry travelers up to date on best practices and gear for avalanche rescue. Suitable for both new and more experienced skiers and riders, this course will keep you and your friends ready for the unthinkable.

AIARE 2In addition to the traditional AIARE 1 course and the new avalanche rescue course, Alpenglow now offers the next step in avalanche education. Following AIARE’s curriculum the AIARE 2 course takes off where the AIARE 1 ends, adding to your avalanche hazard management toolbox with the introduction of critical hazard assessment factors. By describing and discussing weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, students are able to identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

For more information on our Lake Tahoe tours and courses or any of our other international expeditions check out our website. For any questions call our office at 877-873-5376 or send us an email  info@alpenglowexpeditions.com.