Alpenglow Mountain Festival

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Josh Hejl · 

FEB. 22 Fat Bike Challenge
FEB. 25  – Film Festival

The Alpenglow Mountain Festival returns from Feb. 21 to March 1 featuring avalanche instruction, guided back-country, splitboard and snowshoe tours, natural history excursions, Nordic instruction and racing. The festival also includes film, presentation and equipment demos. The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate mountain enthusiasts, offering a range of activities for all interests and ability levels.

Most activities are free unless otherwise noted and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for events, visit alpenglowsports.com.01

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Saturday, Feb. 21

8 a.m. | Community Nordic Ski
A community Nordic ski event with Olympian and LUNA athlete Katarina Nash.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. | AIARE Avalanche Level 1
A certified level 1 classroom and field clinic presented by Rich Meyer from Feb. 21 to 23. Must attend all three days for certification. $60.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Guided Backcountry Ski Tour
Led by Points North Heli guide Jeff Dostie and Alpenglow owner Brendan Madigan

9-10:30 a.m. | Mountain Yoga: Snow Flow
Led by local yogi Hanni Schwiesow

7 p.m.-midnight | Dynafit Nachtspektakel
A European-inspired ski touring event with catered dinner and drinks. Price TBA

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Sunday, Feb. 22

8 a.m. | Lake Tahoe Fat Bike Challenge
Lake Tahoe’s first fat bike race featuring 5km, 10km and 20km races. $10. New to fat bikes? Check out this issue’s Tahoe Time to learn more.

9-11 a.m. | Skate Skiing intro
A beginner/intermediate level lesson with Ben Grasseschi

9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Guided Backcountry Splitboard Tour
Led by certified guide Julian Hanna and splitboard.com

9 a.m.-noon | Natural History Snowshoe Tour
Led by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

Monday, Feb. 23

9-11 a.m. | Classic Skiing intro
A beginner/intermediate level lesson with former Far West Coach Ben Grasseschi

Noon | Avalanche Beacon Practice
Join Alpenglow beacon specialist Jason Layh for practice and fine tuning

6:30-10 p.m. | Wine, Women and Wax
A women’s-only ski wax clinic with wine, cheese and fun. Presented by Tahoe Backcountry Women

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Tuesday, Feb. 24

9-11 a.m. | Women’s Skate Skiing
A beginner/intermediate level lesson with professional LUNA triathlete Kara Lapoint

9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Guided Backcountry Ski Tour
Led by Points North Heli guide Jeff Dostie and Alpenglow owner Brendan Madigan

7 p.m. | Snow Safety Presentation
Join world-renowned avalanche forecaster, author and head of the Utah Avalanche Center Bruce Tremper for an evening of avalanche safety, trends and technology.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

9 a.m.-noon | Snow Safety Field Session
Join head forecaster of the Utah Avalanche Center Bruce Tremper and the Sierra Avalanche Center on a snow study focused upon avalanche safety. Fundraiser for the Sierra Avalanche Center. $25

9-11 a.m. | Skate Skiing lesson
A beginner/intermediate level lesson with former Far West Coach Ben Grasseschi

9-10:30 a.m. | Mountain Yoga Snow Stretch
Led by local Tahoe yogi Tammy Graham

Noon | Avalanche Beacon Practice
Join Alpenglow beacon specialist Jason Layh for practice and fine tuning

7 p.m. | Backcountry Basics
Join forecasters from the Sierra Avalanche Center for an evening of introductory avalanche education

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Thursday, Feb. 26

9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Guided Backcountry Ski Tour
Led by Points North Heli guide Jeff Dostie and Alpenglow owner Brendan Madigan

3 p.m. | The Cobblestone Relays
A European-inspired Nordic Relay through downtown Tahoe City. $10

7 p.m. | Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival
A fun night of film shorts celebrating the back-country experience to benefit Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association. $10. See Spotlight in this issue for details.

Friday, Feb. 27

9-10:30 a.m. | Mountain Yoga Snow Flow
Led by local yogi Hanni Schwiesow

9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Get Out More Tour
A mobile education series that brings Skiing and Backpacker Magazine’s authoritative editorial advice to life

Noon | Can You Dig It?
A friendly team competition showcasing the importance of teamwork during an avalanche burial scenario. Teams of 4 will compete for fastest times and prizes. Presented by Craig Dostie of earnyourturns.com

5 p.m. | Great Ski Race Wax Clinic
How to wax your skis for the Great Ski Race, hosted by TOKO wax specialist Roger Chaney

Saturday, Feb. 28

9-10:30 a.m. | Mountain Yoga Snow Stretch
Led by local yogi Tammy Graham

9-11 a.m. | Community Nordic Ski
A community classic ski event with Olympia Glen Jobe

9-11 a.m. | Natural History Snowshoe Tour
Led by Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Guided Backcountry Splitboard Tour
Led by certified guide Julian Hanna and splitboard.com. Splitboards only

9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Lake Tahoe Nordic Demo Event
Try out the latest cross-country ski gear by brands including Salomon, Fischer, Madshus, Atomic, Atlas, MSR, Toko, and more

9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Get Out More Tour
A mobile education series that brings Skiing and Backpacker Magazine’s authoritative editorial advice to life

10 a.m.-noon | Snowshoe Trek
Led by Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Noon | Biathlon Clinic
Led by Auburn Ski Club’s Dave Eastwood

Sunday, March 1

9 a.m. | The Great Ski Race
Lake Tahoe’s premiere Nordic race celebrates its 38th Anniversary

9 a.m.-1p.m. | Guided Backcountry Ski Tour
Led by Points North Heli guide Jeff Dostie and Alpenglow owner Brendan Madigan