Tahoe Athletes to Offer Backcountry Safety Tips During Free Live Panel Session

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The backcountry doesn’t need to be scary. Photo: Alpenglow Expeditions

Tahoe athletes Michelle Parker, Jeremy Jones, Elyse Saugstad, Cody Townsend, and Amie Engerbretson to share their backcountry experience and knowledge during live Q&A; the event is free with online advance registration encouraged

Featuring some of the biggest names in skiing and snowboarding, the inaugural Tahoe Backcountry Awareness Week will culminate with the Athlete Summit today, Thursday, December 17. The free virtual event, designed to encourage those planning to venture into the backcountry to educate themselves before doing so, will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a live Q&A with Michelle Parker, Jeremy Jones, Elyse Saugstad, Cody Townsend, and Amie Engerbretson.

The week-long educational series will introduce attendees to topics including avalanche safety equipment, backcountry etiquette, what training is needed, where to get trained, and motorized backcountry tips and safety. Local guides and outfitters will also have special offers available to attendees, such as coupon codes for AIARE course sign-ups and free airbag testing. Videos will be released each morning at 7 a.m. on takecaretahoe.org and will remain available for the duration of the winter.

  • WHAT: Tahoe Backcountry Awareness Week Athlete Summit
  • WHO: Professional athletes: Michelle Parker, Jeremy Jones, Elyse Saugstad, Cody Townsend, and Amie Engerbretson
  • WHEN: Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: To register for this free event, visit takecaretahoe.org/backcountry/ and complete the sign-up section.
  • COST: Free

Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week Partnership: Sierra Avalanche Center, USDA Forest Service Region 5, Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, Alpenglow Expeditions, Blackbird Mountain Guides, Tahoe Mountain Sports, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Lake Tahoe Community College, Sierra Nevada University, Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers, Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, Tahoe Fund, Outdoor Alliance, Tahoe Sports Hub, NASTC, International Alpine Guides, Backcountry Babes, Golden State Guiding, Sierra Mountain Guides, Incline Village General Improvement District, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Town of Truckee, Nevada Department of Outdoor Recreation, and Sports Basement.

Learn more at www.takecaretahoe.org/backcountry.

Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week is a coalition of guide services, non-profits, public land managers, and professional skiers and riders committed to keeping safety at the forefront of winter backcountry activities.

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