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Natural History Snowshoe Tour – February 19, 2020

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 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Available 9 Refundable Deposit $25


Chickadee Ridge, Mt. Rose
NV United States + Google Map
Led By:

Sarah Hockensmith


Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. Whether you are a beginner and intrigued by the sport or someone with experience, we encourage you to join us for a half-day snowshoe with guides from Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.

Mountain Festival guided snowshoe tours offer a taste of the solitude and quiet that defines winter in the North Lake Tahoe area. During this event, you will wander through tall evergreens, learn about Tahoe’s unique ecology, and stop along the ways to appreciate the stellar views. During your guided snowshoe, Mountain Festival guides will spend time fitting and discussing gear as well as covering a comprehensive lesson of the basic instructional needs of the sport. Your guide will offer fascinating natural and human history information along the way as well as complete instruction and safety information. Our guided Snowshoe Tours are popular with all levels of nature enthusiasts and we encourage anyone, regardless of experience, to participate in this event.

Sarah Hockensmith will lead the hike and discuss natural history issues related to winter ecology, namely how various animals and plants cope with the short days, heavy snows, and freezing temperatures associated with winter in Tahoe. Plan for the hike to last around three hours with some mild hills. No dogs please.

We politely request that you bring your own snowshoes for the event or rent them from Alpenlgow Sports, where discounted demo equipment will be made available to registered participants. Other strongly encouraged items include: warm clothing for any type of winter weather conditions, both an insulated jacket and waterproof shell, poles for balance and stability, insulated and waterproof footwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, at least one liter of water, snacks and any other items you may deem necessary.

** Kindly disregard below language regarding avalanche safety protocol – this is not needed. **

Equipment Requirements:

  • Snowshoes
  • Insulated & Waterproof Footwear
  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproof Outerlayers
  • Personal Items (food, water, sunscreen)


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:

  • Beginner/Intermediate Physical Condition
  • Ability to be outside for 3-4 hours
  • Ability to ascend minor inclines without problem


Sponsored by Darn Tough
Sponsored by Oboz

*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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