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Beginner Backcountry Ski Tour – February 23, 2020 – Rich Meyer

Registration for all Mountain Festival events close 48 hours ahead of time. Participants for each event are emailed at this time with tour location, etc. Please remember that all events are held in and around North Lake Tahoe but exact specifics will be shared 48 hours ahead of time to assess snow quality and safety.

February 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Available 0 Refundable Deposit $100


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Rich Meyer


Beginner tours at Mountain Festival are designed to introduce skiers/riders to the amazing landscape of the Lake Tahoe backcountry in a safe, conservative and educational manner. During the course, participants will learn the fundamentals of traveling safely and efficiently while enjoying amazing views of the Lake Tahoe backcountry and meeting new friends. After a beginner tour, participants will be able to plan and execute an efficient, simple backcountry ski tour as well as be prepared to take an AIARE 1 avalanche course. The goal is to give the beginner backcountry skier and rider a baseline of skills to be able to EVENTUALLY go backcountry skiing on their own. We cover appropriate gear selection and use, and skills like making a skin track, traveling efficiently, winter mountain navigation, group management, and travel, and avalanche awareness and safety considerations. Both skiers and splitboarders are welcome in this tour.
Please note that the beginner tours are geared for skiers/riders who have all the needed equipment for touring but have done so less than 5 times.

Additionally, please note that this course is NOT for beginner resort skiers/riders and you should be an advanced resort skier/rider before pursuing backcountry travel. We define an advanced resort skier/rider as someone who can confidently descend OFF PISTE black diamond terrain (note NOT just a black diamond groomer). Please alsonote that we ask ONLY beginner backcountry skiers register for this type of tour (ie not intermediate or advanced skiers/riders). In the interest of fairness to the group, we ask that you abide by these mandates, as well as those spelled out in the equipment and physical requirements section.

If you have questions about your ability or are concerned if you qualify, please call the shop at (530) 583-6917 and talk to Brendan or Jeff. Additionally, we see many beginners register for tours on successive days, which we STRONGLY discourage. Backcountry travel is extremely challenging and we’ve found that beginners who may not be used to the phsyical demands tend to suffer or drop out on successive day tours. Please respect the group dynamic and the free nature of the event so that everyone can enjoy the process!

Discounted demo equipment will be made available to registered participants via email by mid January. Please no snowshoes, metal-edge (fish-scale) touring equipment, or dogs.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Backcountry Ski/Splitboard Touring Equipment
  • Avalanche Safety Items: Beacon, Shovel, Probe


Discounted demo equipment will be made available to registered participants via email by mid January. ​
Participants must possess their own avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe, pack) and requisite backcountry touring gear (skis, splitboards, bindings, boots, skins, poles, etc.) Please no snowshoes, metal-edge (fish-scale) touring equipment, or dogs.

Physical Requirements:

  • ADVANCED RESORT SKIING CAPABILITY Ability to confidently descend "black diamond" OFF PISTE (note: NOT just a groomer) terrain at a ski resort. Strong physical condition and ability to comfortably hike uphill for over 2,000 vertical feet. Participants must be prepared for 5-6 hours in the field.IF YOU DO NOT FIT THIS CRITERIA PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER!


Sponsored by Rich Meyer Alpine Guide

*PLEASE NOTE! In the spirit of inclusivity we are limiting participants to four tours. This does not include workshops, Backcountry Basics, etc. Registration for most events requires a deposit, which varies from $25-$100, that is refunded upon participation. Cancellations are not allowed after February 1st and all calendar adjustments prior to February 1st are subject to a $10 adjustment fee. Any excess garnered from the cancellation policy will be donated to Protect Our Winters and the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance.

**Please also note that you will be sent a complete equipment list for each individual event by the middle of January. Additionally, if you have registered for any backcountry tour you will be contacted 72 hours prior to the tour with the exact location. This is irrelevant if your chosen tour stipulates a location, but for others we want to assess the snow and avalanche conditions for others closer to the event. The goal is to show you the best time possible which requires a decision closer to each tour.


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