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Whether you’re a backcountry rookie or a professional ski mountaineer, keeping your skills sharp is a lifelong process. For the third successive year, Take Care Tahoe is hosting Backcountry Safety Awareness Week, December 12-17th. It’s a mix of online programming and in-person events to promote backcountry safety and education, and best of all, it’s free. Registration and the full event schedule can be found here.
Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week is a collaborative community effort to amplify backcountry safety and avalanche education opportunities before people head out to the backcountry. From Truckee to Markleeville, guiding services to land managers and professional skiers, the entire region is committed to keeping safety at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Each day’s videos or events are crafted around a theme to further your knowledge and become a better backcountry traveler. I watched all the videos from last year’s lineup, and even as an experienced backcountry skier, I picked up a few new things I’ll be thinking about this winter.
The week starts Monday, December 12th, with “Welcome to the New Backcountry.” Today kicks off Backcountry Safety Awareness week with content to help new users get started and refresh the basics for veterans. Finish the day with a backcountry edit featuring local terrain to get you stoked for the season. More details about day one can be found here.
Day two is “Preparing for the Backcountry.” This day covers the most important part of staying safe in the backcountry – proper education and preparation. More details here.
Day three is “Be a Friend in the Backcountry” and is all about taking care of the outdoor spaces where we love to play and practicing proper backcountry etiquette. More details here.
While the first three days are for all backcountry users, day four is geared toward the snowmobile crowd. “Motors in the Backcountry” covers the unique gear, clothing, and safety concerns riders need to address before heading out to ride. More details here.
Days five and six include more in-person events and a recap of the week’s information.
On Friday, Alpenglow Expeditions is hosting a Backcountry Safety Summit at their Palisades Tahoe location that will feature guides, patrollers, avalanche forecasters, and more.
Saturday will feature a beacon park in Hope Valley open to all backcountry users set up by Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers.