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Winter Wilderness Preparation and Travel Safety Snowshoe – February 21, 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 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Available 10 Refundable Deposit $25


CA United States + Google Map
Led By:

Michale Krueger


Join Pika, a Truckee-based adventure travel and wilderness education company, for a half-day snowshoe educational experience.
Winter in the Tahoe region can be dangerously erratic. Serene bluebird snowshoe hikes or backcountry laps can quickly turn into sketchy sprints back to the trailhead or basecamp. The mountains, as they say, make their own weather.

This course is designed to help you prepare for the unpredictable, which is to say: every trip into the mountains of winter. Experienced guides will address gear needs, travel best practices, risk assessment, winter survival basics, diet concerns, and introduce basic first-aid as it relates to common cold injuries and winter travel. You can apply what you learn here to all of your weekend winter exploits, from casual hikes with friends to overnight excursions and hut trips.

This snowshoe is perfect for all ability levels. The focus is on education rather than distance. This is an adult course and we ask that you please refrain from bringing your dog. Snowshoes are required.

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

Equipment Requirements:

  • Snowshoes
  • Insulated & Waterproof Footwear
  • Headlamp
  • 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

*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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