Free Avalanche Education Series and Fundraiser for Sierra Avalanche Center
Whether you are looking to learn about avalanches, get stoked for winter, touch the newest gear or try out an avalanche airbag backpack, the Tahoe Mountain Sports Master the Mountain Avalanche Education Workshops will do all of that and more! There will be total of three sessions each held at Alibi Ale Works – Truckee Public House. This is a new location for the events and we’re really excited to partner with Alibi this year to provide you with more space, better sound and great beer.
Come find a seat along with beer and nachos starting at 6 pm, the formal presentation starts at 6:30 pm. The workshops cover everything from avalanche basics, route finding, decision making, beacon and probe search and rescue practice, and discussions about the newest gear and technology to help you have fun and be safe in the backcountry.
At each session, we’ll be holding a huge raffle with all proceeds going to Sierra Avalanche Center. Their mission is to inform and educate the public about backcountry avalanche conditions in the greater Lake Tahoe area. Win fabulous prizes from our sponsors.
If you are interested in taking an avalanche education Avy 1 Certification check out Tahoe Mountain School for dates and pricing. We also have Backcountry Ski Rentals so you can get some experience and training before making a huge investment in a backcountry setup.
Winter Predictions and Backcountry Decision Making
Winter forecasts and maps for route selection
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00 pm
Get stoked for winter with predictions and trends from a professional National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecaster. With all the crazy hurricanes and earthquakes how will that affect us this winter? The first part of the presentation will talk about what to expect this winter in Tahoe.
Once it snows its time to ski! The decisions you make while backcountry skiing are one of the biggest factors in avalanche incidents. Avalanche professionals from Sierra Avalanche Center and Tahoe Mountain School will talk about how to problem solve real life winter situations. Then there will be break out sessions with mountains, sample forecasts and real backcountry problems so you can plan your ski tours and discuss safe choices.
We hope you will join us for this exciting and innovative session.
Beacons and Beers
Beacon practice and avalanche rescue techniques
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00 pm
Ready? Set? Search & Rescue!
During the second session of the Tahoe Mountain Sports Avalanche Education Series -Master the Mountain – you will learn basic and advanced techniques of avalanche rescue.
Experienced mountain guide Tom Carter and Tahoe Mountain School director Steve Reynaud will discuss the history and technologies of avalanche transceivers and you will be able to go outside for some real life beacon practice with multiple burial scenarios!
Make sure you beacon is up-to-date! Tahoe Mountain Sports can update your ORTOVOX and Mammut transceivers with the latest firmware and is a certified beacon upgrade center for Northern California.
Backcountry Tech Talk and Airbag Test
Learn about new gear, new apps and airbag backpacks
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Are you curious about all the gear you need to go backcountry skiing or want to learn about the newest gear? Do you wonder where to get information on backcountry and avalanche conditions? Then you won’t want to miss this event!
Join us for a Backcountry Gear Tech Talk and learn about the different types of gear you can use for everything from everyday adventures to emergency situations including Ortovox Avabag, new probes, Garmin Inreach devices, GPS watches, Jetforce packs and more. Bring your own gear that you have questions about or to learn advanced features.
There are so many websites and apps out there it’s hard to know which are reputable. We’ll have a discussion about remotely logging conditions, crowd sourced avalanche observations, guidebooks and apps.
The session concludes with an airbag party! This is your chance to blow off your airbag and get a free refill or try out an airbag.
Remember – Come at 6 pm for beer, nachos and best seating. Formal presentation starts at 6:30 pm. Huge raffle benefiting Sierra Avalanche Center.