Free Avalanche Education Series – Learn Backcountry Basics

Get ready for winter with this FREE series of backcountry education workshops!

Learn the basics for safe backcountry travel by attending one or all of these free avalanche education workshops held in Reno and Truckee; presented by Tahoe Mountain Sports and Ortovox.  These workshops are for YOU if you like to backcountry ski, board, snowmobile, snowshoe, or just explore snow covered mountains. There will be 4 workshops held between November and January covering different aspects of avalanche education.

Join us to get educated, learn about new gear and technologies, and connect with a community of like minded backcountry travelers.  

Backcountry Decision Making and Winter Predictions

Winter forecasts and learn how to travel safely in the backcountry

Tuesday, November 13 – 6:00pm to 8:00 pm @ Reno Craft Wine & Beer

We’re fired up to have our first ever event in Reno at Craft Beer and Wine! And it’s to talk about winter and the backcountry!

Join us for a fun and informative night filled with expert tips and an opportunity to connect with other like minded backcountry skiers, sledders, boarders and snowshoers.

Come at 6 pm to grab a beverage, snacks and best seating… and to make sure you have time to park. The formal presentation will start at 6:30 pm.

We’ll kick off the night with weather predictions from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) meteorologist, Zach Tolby. Then, Steve Reynaud , Sierra Avalanche Center Forecaster and owner of Tahoe Mountain School, will go over how to read an avalanche forecast and discuss what information it provides to help you travel safely in backcountry terrain. At the end you’ll have a chance to work in small groups with past avalanche reports to discuss the best decisions for a safe day in the mountains.

Don’t forget to bring some cash for raffle tickets to benefit the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance. It will be filled with swag from our sponsors including Tahoe Mountain Sports, ORTOVOX, Flylow Gear, Black Diamond, Mammut, and Julbo Eyewear.

Tahoe Backcountry Alliance’s mission is to serve as the voice for the human powered winter backcountry community in Lake Tahoe.

Beacons and Beers

Beacon practice and avalanche rescue techniques

Wednesday, November 14 – 6:00pm to 8:00 pm @ Alibi Ale Works

Beacon, shovel and probe are your backcountry essentials. Come get tips on how to use this gear to search and rescue someone.

Join us on Wednesday, November 14 at Alibi Ale Works – Truckee Public House to connect with other like minded backcountry enthusiasts.

Come early to get a cold beverage, food and best seating. Formal presentation starts at 6:30 pm.

We’ll start with a discussion about beacons and how they work, then discuss the best ways to shovel and probe because you need to do it quickly. Then we’ll have a quick run down on the features and uses of each different brand of beacon so you can decide which one might be best for you. At the end, you’ll have a chance to practice outside in small groups. Representatives from Black Diamond, Mammut and ORTOVOX will be on hand with demo beacons for you to try out and use in a real search scenario. You can also bring your own beacon for practice or to test your skills against others in the group.

Don’t forget to bring some cash for the huge raffle! All raffle ticket purchases benefit Sierra Avalanche Center and you have a chance to win cool prizes from ORTOVOX, Flylow Gear, Mammut, Black Diamond and Backcountry Access, Inc.

Airbag Party and Backcountry Tech Night

Learn about new gear, new apps and airbag backpacks

Wednesday, December 12 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm @ Alibi Ale Works
Wednesday, January 9 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm @ Reno Craft Wine & Beer

Go beyond the basics and learn about other safety gear for backcountry travelers.

Join us for this fun party where you can learn about all sorts of fun “toys” then blow off an airbag pack.

Come early to get a good seat, find your friends or make new friends and get something to eat. Formal presentation will start at 6:30 pm.

Learn about Garmin GPS systems and the new Inreach Satellite Communicators to see how they work and how they might save your life in an emergency backcountry scenario. Then we’ll dive into airbag packs and go into all the tech features. Find out about Dynafit Hoji boots and the newest bindings. There will even be an introduction to Skimo. We’ll end the night with a huge airbag group deployment followed by free canister refills and free software upgrades.

Bring some cash to buy some raffle tickets and support Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team Inc and Sierra Avalanche Center! We’ll have sweet prizes from ORTOVOX, Flylow Gear, Scott Sports, Mammut, Garmin, Julbo Eyewear and Spark R&D, Black Diamond, and Outdoor Research.

Avalanche Series Sponsors:

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor ORTOVOX for making this series possible! For 30 years ORTOVOX has been the most successful producer of avalanche equipment, backpacks and merino outer wear for alpine sports throughout the year. Come check out their products at Tahoe Mountain Sports.

Thanks to all of our sponsors including: Alibi Ale Works – Truckee Public House, Reno Craft Wine & Beer, Tahoe Mountain School, Flylow Gear, Black Diamond, Mammut, Backcountry Access, Inc., Scott Sports, Spark R&D, Outdoor Research and Julbo Eyewear.

Please support our nonprofit partners: Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue, and Sierra Avalanche Center.


Ready to take it to the next level? Read about Why you should

take an Avalanche Level One Certification (AAIRE Avy 1 Class). 


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