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Exploring Lake Tahoe’s backcountry powder

There are amazing opportunities that await you in the backcountry of Tahoe South, and they are accompanied by solitude.  One of my favorite weekends to head out into the backcountry is on busy travel weekends.  You get away from the crowds and have snow as far as the eye can see all to yourself.

There are a number of ways to get acquainted with backcountry skiing and one of the best learning options is right in our backyard at the Lake Tahoe Community College.  Each winter semester, the Lake Tahoe Community College offers a variety of classes to get the outdoor enthusiast prepped for backcountry skiing and snowboarding.  This semester alone, the Wilderness Education department offered 10 chances to become AIRIE Level 1 certified through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education.

It's not enough to have the necessary rescue equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) for the backcountry, you have to know how to use it.  Through classroom and field instruction, students can become more familiar with decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain and learn how to properly use equipment.

If you already have your AIRIE Level I, the college also offers Level 2 certification along with a number of other useful courses for the outdoor enthusiast, such as Map and Compass, Winter Survival, and Wilderness First Aid.

Ski Poles in South Lake Tahoe

Ready to head to the backcountry but need partners?  Spend one day a week meeting new partners and learning about backcountry terrain in the Tahoe South outdoor playground in their Backcountry Skiing and Backcountry Snowboarding classes.

Explore your world, safely!  


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Lauren Lindley

Lauren is one of our regular blog contributors. Read about her crazy fun adventures as a passionate photographer, athlete and traveler on her personal blog.


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