Two more feet of snow has blanketed the Tahoe area, but instead of heading to the crowded larger resorts, we're dreaming of backwoods trails away from the masses (and where no one can see us try out a split board).
If you're itching to get into the snow-covered pine forests of Tahoe's backcountry but are intimidated by gear and cost, the nine-day Alpenglow Mountain Festival on the West Shore is the perfect introduction to this season's trendiest winter sports. This year’s event will be held February 20-28 and is geared toward beginner and intermediate winter enthusiasts who want to learn more about Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and splitboarding — a snowboard that can be separated and used to ascend slopes.
“The Mountain Festival was born out of our desire to share our beloved human-powered winter sports with others in our community,” said Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports and founder of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival. “We understand these sports can be intimidating and potentially cost prohibitive for just anyone to launch into, but everyone here is enthusiastic about helping aspiring adventurers bridge the gap between fear and passion.”
The festival will offer a wide range of activities including daily ski sessions, snowshoe and board tours, avalanche education, natural history tours, gear demos, daily sport-specific yoga classes, women’s classes, and a guided full-moon snowshoe tour. The majority of events are free, so space is limited and participants are encouraged to register online to secure spots.
Other highlights include:
- "Women, Wine and Wax" hosted by Tahoe Backcountry Women
- Exclusive Lake Tahoe screening of Jeremy Collin’s Drawn, the Art of Ascent
- 2nd annual Lake Tahoe Fat Bike Challenge
- Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival
- Classic skiing clinic with Olympian Glen Jobe
(Photo by River Ranch Lodge)
Where to Stay:
If you decide to stay in Tahoe and enjoy the festival for a few days (or the entire nine), there are still plenty of cozy places with available rooms to stay and warm up in front of the fireplace.