“Human-powered mountain sports…” That’s just one component of the bi-annual Alpenglow Mountain Festival that takes place in Tahoe City. This year, the winter event runs from February 20-28. While the focus is on backcountry ski touring, snowshoeing, and yoga, there are many other lifestyle events included. Every day is jam-packed. The following is just a sampling of what you can expect this year, with each event being offered on one or more days.
- Beginner Backcountry Ski Tour. If you want to explore “Tahoe’s friendliest and most fun backcountry terrain”, this is the tour for you. Points North Heli Guide Jeff Dostie and Alpenglow Sports owner Brenda Madigan will take you on this tour if you’ve done so less than 10 times. You’ll need your own avalanche safety equipment.
- Intermediate Backcountry Splitboard Tour. There are 10 available spots for this tour designed for intermediate backcountry enthusiasts who have done this kind of touring, but less than 25 times. As with the beginner tour, you’ll need your own avalanche safety equipment and touring gear. No skiers, snowshoes, metal-edge touring equipment, and please no dogs. These rules apply to the beginner tour as well.
- Flow Style Yoga. Bring your own mat, as Jenna Minnes of Tahoe City’s Yoga Room takes you a class to “stoke the inner fire to warm the body after playing in the snow!” This vinyasa (alignment-based) class helps lengthen your muscles with break, movement, and mobility.
- Women, Wine and Wax. Yes, this is a class for women only who want to learn from the professionals how to wax their backcountry boards. In addition to getting to wax your own skis, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, and fun.
- Fitness Skinning Citizen Uphill & Demo. SkiMo, or “fitness skinning”, is already popular in Europe. This event will let you know if you’re able to fly uphill, and get back down. It’s a casual event, open to all ability levels, and will include race, recreation, heavy metal, and splitboard categories.
The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is the only such one in North America that is largely free, and strongly community-centric. It’s driven by “fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle”. To find out more, or to register, please visit the event’s main website.
This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.