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Alpenglow Mountain Festival Celebrates Human-Powered Winter Sports Tahoe City's Alpenglow Sports is holding the first winter edition of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival, a two-week festival running through March 2nd celebrating human-powered events, clinics, presentations, films and more. Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the festival has been designed to inspire participants to enjoy and explore North Lake Tahoe’s playground with friends and family. The festival highlights some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer, including nordic skiing, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and the region's natural history. The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, offering a range of activities for all interests and ability levels. The majority of events are free and space is limited. Participants are encouraged to register online in advance to assure spots and for the chance to win great giveaways. Festival highlights during week two:
Guided Ski Tours- Feb 20 - 22, Avalanche Safety Skills Series - Continues February 19-21, presented by Alpenglow Expeditions. Winter Film Series - February 20, 27 Nordic Ski Clinics, Demos and Events - Feb 23- March 2, leading up to The Great Race. Natural History Snowshoe Tour- Feb. 23.
A complete event schedule, map and additional details are available in person at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City, and can also be found online at www.alpenglowsports.com.
Alpenglow Mountain Festival at Lake Tahoe February 14th to March 2nd, 2014 – First Winter Mountain Festival Hosted by Alpenglow Sports and Nature’s Bakery in North Lake Tahoe 3/20/2014 Alpenglow Sports and title sponsor Nature’s Bakery team pair up to present the first Alpenglow Mountain Festival – winter edition! Check out the best of what Lake Tahoe has in store, from backcountry skiing to those tranquil, natural history excursions. The two-week festival is also jam-packed with human-powered events, informative presentations and more that the entire family can enjoy. Take on the essence of mountain lifestyle and be inspired by the organic scenery of Lake Tahoe. This festival brings together health, education and fun as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and a sense of community. No matter your skill level, age or ability the festival is prepared with a variety of activities. The spirit of winter recreation will come alive at the Alpenglow Mountain Festival! A large number of events are free, but space is limited. Participants should register online in advance to claim a spot and chance to win amazing giveaways. Here are some of the festival’s highlights: - Lake Tahoe Nordic Ski Demo Event - Guided Snowshoe, Backcountry and Nordic Ski Tours - Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival - Cross Country Skills and Waxing Clinics - Presentations by Leading Athletes, Historians and Recreational Enthusiasts - Alpenglow Winter Film Series with World-Renowned Big Mountain Climber Adrian Ballinger - The Dynafit Nachtspektakel – A German Night Ski-Touring Event about Friends, Fun and Community - Gran Fondo Nordic Ski Event with Olympian and Clif Bar Athlete Katerina Nash – Bringing the European Cross Country Skiing Community to Lake Tahoe - AIARE Certified Field and Classroom Avalanche Safety Skills Clinics An events schedule, a map and additional detail can be found online at AlpenglowSports.com. - See more at: http://www.tahoeactivities.com/alpenglow-mountain-festival-lake-tahoe/#sthash.sB72qZgE.dpuf
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Adrian Ballinger’s “The Global Search for Powder” 3/20/2014 100% of Raffle Proceeds to Benefit High Fives Foundation Tahoe City, California – February 5th, 2014 – Alpenglow Sports is proud to announce the fourth installment of 2013/14 Winter Film Series with world-famous high altitude ski mountaineer and Marmot athlete Adrian Ballinger. Ballinger’s February 20th show at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge will be one of several high profile events during the Alpenglow Mountain Festival, a two-week celebration of human-powered winter sports. An annual presenter in Alpenglow’s popular Winter Film Series, Ballinger is well known for his professional guiding on Himalayan giants Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. Additionally, he is one of very few Americans to possess a full international IFMGA guiding certificate and his professional resume has taken him on mountain adventures in South America, Europe, and beyond. In addition to his professional guiding, Ballinger is also well-known for his amazing high altitude ski exploits across the globe. On Thursday, January 22nd Ballinger will share his story, “The Global Search for Powder Turns.” The year 2013 marked one of Tahoe’s driest winters. While great days and adventures still abounded in the Sierra, local Tahoe guide and skier Adrian Ballinger chose the path of so many before him – to leave home in search of snow.
The journey took him from the world’s most militarized border between India and Pakistan, to the flanks of the world’s fourth tallest peak, Lhotse, in Nepal, to the high peaks of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. He also traveled into the Himalayan kingdom of Tibet, to attempt to climb and ski the Turquoise Goddess, Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth tallest peak. Join Adrian on his 2013 adventure around the world in search of powder turns. The show is FREE and is designed to motivate, inspire, and educate. Amazing raffle prizes from generous sponsors will be on hand, with 100% of proceeds to benefit the High Fives Foundation. Please come early for drink specials and good seating. The show begins at 7pm. Please call Alpenglow Sports at 530.583.6917 with questions. About Alpenglow Sports: Established in 1979, Alpenglow Sports is Lake Tahoe’s original mountain shop. Specializing in backcountry and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, backpacking, hiking, camping, and mountain lifestyle apparel, Alpenglow is always psyched to offer premier, user-based customer service.
Alpenglow’s Mountain Festival Bringing winter sports to everyone Friday, March 14, 2014 By: Tim Hauserman, Moonshine Ink
The Alpenglow Mountain Festival’s winter edition — set for its inaugural appearance Feb. 14 through March 2 — seeks to set a new definition for a Tahoe festival. While the focus is on human-powered athletic events, the goal is not to compete, but to participate. It’s not about the distance traveled or how fast you cover it; it’s just being out there doing it. To make that happen, the majority of events are free or inexpensive. Festivals and events have become an important means of attracting visitors to the Tahoe region. For the most part, events focus on one of two arenas: athletic competition or having a good time. IRONMAN Lake Tahoe is the latest example of a major athletic event, but there are a host of others including triathlons, bike rides around Lake Tahoe, and the classic of them all, The Great Ski Race. Then we have festivals that showcase the beauty of Lake Tahoe by giving visitors the chance to have some fun while they are here. These include single day events like Squaw Valley or Tahoe City’s Oktoberfest or the Tahoe City Wine Walk, as well as the long-running weeklong party that is SnowFest (Feb. 28 to March 9 this year). The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is striving to combine both kinds of festivals into one.
Similar to Alpenglow’s 2013 summer festival, which focused on hiking and other warm weather outdoor activities, this year’s winter festival hopes to introduce winter sports to a wide array of people. “The festival is designed so that a family could come and spend an entire week at North Tahoe and go to a wide range of events,” said Brendan Madigan, event organizer and owner of Alpenglow Sports. “We have an overabundance of marketing in our community towards the extreme athlete. We wanted to have an event that is free, fun, and geared towards the beginner and intermediate athlete. There is a large educational component and an instructional component, and the classes are free. It’s a chance for people who have never tried a winter sport to come out and try it, and a community to rally around an event that will introduce the visitor to the sports we know and love.” There will be a variety of snowshoe and skiing tours, cross-country and backcountry ski clinics, an extensive avalanche safety course, and almost every evening a movie or presentation on winter recreationrelated topics. In an era where pushing the athletic envelope to the extreme is a focus of much of the media and sports, this event is trying to appeal to the large swatch of normal humans who, when visiting Lake Tahoe, want to get outside but have no interest in being an IRONMAN. They are willing to try something new, but need a guide and a helping hand. Being that helping hand is a primary goal of the festival. Will Richardson, co-founder of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), will lead two natural history snowshoe tours during the event. Richardson looks at the festival as a win-win situation. Participants get to learn about winter ecology and how animals get through the winter, and TINS programs are introduced to the public. “We hope the festival continues to grow and become a major event for the community,” said Richardson. Madigan is excited about the festival’s potential. “We have such an amazing product here at North Tahoe,” he said. “We love our community so much, we want to share it with other people. We want to wed them to North Tahoe so that they have a great experience
and want to return. We really feel strongly about sharing the stoke of the mountain sports.” Information on all the dates, details, and registration requirements for the Alpenglow Mountain Festival can be found at alpenglowsports.com. ~ Comment on this story below.
ALPENGLOW MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS AIARE Avalanche Level I Safety Course When: Feb. 14 to 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center and West Shore Why: Essential course for anyone serious about backcountry skiing, with on-snow and in-classroom basics about being safe where the lifts don’t run. Wine, Women and Wax When: Feb 16, 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City Why: I’m assuming this refers to women waxing their skis while drinking wine, but since men are not allowed, I have no idea. Backcountry Ski Tour and Film Festival When: Feb. 20, ski tour 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; film screening 7 to 9 p.m. Where: Ski tour at Mount Rose; film screening at Village at Squaw Valley Why: World-renowned International Federation of Mountain Guides Association guide Adrian Ballinger will lead a backcountry ski tour and present the Alpenglow Winter Film series film focused on the voyage to the world’s tallest peaks. Dynafit Nachtspektakel When: Feb. 22, 4 p.m. Where: Squaw Valley Why: A German themed, night ski touring event where participants put
on skins and ski to the top of High Camp at Squaw before eating, drinking, and being merry, then skiing back down. Grand Fondo Ski Event When: Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Tahoe City Winter Sports Park Why: Join local Olympian Katerina Nash for a long but mellow crosscountry ski. Cobblestone Relays When: Feb. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Cobblestone Mall, Tahoe City Why: A short, fast-paced cross-country relay race, it winds through the Winter Sports Park and the Cobblestone Mall. Fun for participants watching the skiers fly by. Â
Staying in Shape with Cross-Country Skiing Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:24 PM PSTUpdated: Feb 25, 2014 3:29 PM PST
Cross-country skiing has some similarities with downhill. They both have skis, boots, and poles. But that's about where the similarities end. With cross-country skiing, you only click into the front of the binding. This leaves your heal free for a gliding motion. The bottom of cross-country skis have fish scales on them so you won't slide backward. And most people are used to taking a chair lift to the top of the hill. But with cross-country, you get your self there and that's what makes this such a good workout. Ben Grasseschi says cross-country skiing is a great way to stay in shape for all the other sports you do. The cross training is ideal for triathletes, runners, even downhill skiing because it works on balance. "I think cross -country skiing is probably the best all around physical sport you can do besides maybe swimming. As far as getting the arms into it, the legs and it's super low impact." There's a festival happening right now that offers clinics in cross-country skiing, among other things. To learn more, go to http://alpenglowsports.com/ Written By Wendy Damonte
Winter Mountain Festival set for North Lake Tahoe Feb. 16, 2014
The first winter edition of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival runs today through March 2. The festival, which is presented by Nature’s Bakery, is a celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations, film and more. The festival is for beginning and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts and will showcase nordic skiing, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and natural history events. Activities include daily ski tours and clinics, presentations and natural history excursions for outdoor enthusiasts. Most events are free, but space is limited and participants are encouraged to register online to assure spots. A complete events schedule and map of locations can be downloaded fromwww.alpenglowsports.com. Festival highlights include: • Guided snowshoe, backcountry and nordic ski tours • Cross-country skills and waxing clinics • Avalanche safety skills clinics • Presentations by leading athletes, historians and recreational enthusiasts • Alpenglow Winter Film Series with big mountain climber Adrian Ballanger • The Dynafit Nachtspektakel, a German night ski touring event • Gran Fondo nordic ski event with Olympian and Clif Bar athlete Katerina Nash • Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival
• Lake Tahoe nordic ski demo event • AIARE certified field and classroom avalanche clinics One of the festival’s premier events is a showing of the movie “The Global Search for Powder,” with world-famous high-altitude ski mountaineer and Marmot athlete Adrian Ballinger. The show begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge. Ballinger, a former Tahoe guide, has guided professionally on Himalayan giants Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. He is one of few Americans with a full international IFMGA guiding certificate. His professional resume includes mountain adventures in South America, Europe and beyond. In addition to professional guiding, Ballinger also is known for high-altitude ski exploits across the globe. He has been along the world’s most militarized border between India and Pakistan, the flanks of the world’s fourth tallest peak, Lhotse, in Nepal and to the high peaks of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. The show is free and is designed to inspire and educate. Raffle prizes from sponsors will be available and 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the nonprofit High Fives Foundation. Alpenglow Sports is a Tahoe City-based shop that has been providing locals and tourists with inspiration, local knowledge and equipment to enjoy the great outdoors for more than 35 years.
Alpenglow Mountain Festival begins February 17, 2014 Alpenglow Sports has announced that their Mountain Festival is under way. Anyone interested in backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, or avalanche knowledge, would do well to take advantage of this 2 week festival. This fantastic shop is located in Tahoe City. They transition from hiking and camping gear and support for part of the year, and when the season begins to turn to late autumn and winter, it's a full on winter gear shop. The important part is this: the people who work there are hikers, downhill skiers, backcountry skiers, and general outdoor enthusiasts. The Mountain Festival is presented by Nature's Bakery. The event started on February 14 and will run through March 2. Daily events are designed to "...bring you a two week celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations, film and more! Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Festival will showcase some of the best winter activities Lake Tahoe has to offer." Newbies to outdoor winter recreation and deep backcountry experts will find something during the two weeks of the Festival to latch on to. One of the kickers is that by participating, you could be the lucky person who skis off with an amazing package of winter gear. Here's what's in the package: Fischer Carbonlite Skate Skis, Salomon S-LAB Skate Ski Boots, Salomon Pilot Equipe Skate Bindings, Madshus Skate Ski Poles and a Nature's Bakery Fuel Kit. This collection of gear is worth $1400. Signing up won't cost you anything. During the two weeks of the Festival you can choose what interests you most. The list of events is extensive: Guided Snowshoe, Backcountry and Nordic Ski Tours
Cross Country Skills and Waxing Clinics AIARE Certified Field and Classroom Avalanche Safety Skills Clinics Presentations by Leading Athletes, Historians and Recreational Enthusiasts Alpenglow Winter Film Series with World Renowned Big Mountain Climber Adrian Ballinger The Dynafit Nachtspektakel--A German Night Ski-touring Event about Friends, Fun, and Community Gran Fondo Nordic Ski Event with Olympian and Clif Bar Athlete Katerian Nash-Bringing the European Cross Country Skiing Community to Lake Tahoe Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival Lake Tahoe Nordic Ski Demo Event Check out the dates and places where these events will take place here. All of the events of the Festival are free. Alpenglow does say that space is limited. If you are interested in attending any of the events, sign-up now. This may be the most fun you'll have learning about winter recreation. Â
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If you’ve ever wanted to explore Lake Tahoe via snowshoes, cross-country skis or a backcountry setup, the next two weeks provide ample opportunity. The first-ever winter Alpenglow Mountain Festival begins Friday and runs through March 2 at the lake’s North Sho re. The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate recreation enthusiasts, but offers something for everyone, said Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports, which is putting on the event along with Carson’s City’s Nature’s Bakery. “There’s plenty of stuff for all ability and interests,” said Madigan, adding the festival is a way to give back to the community and inspire people to get outdoors. The winter iteration follows a summer Alpenglow Mountain Festival that took place in June. Winter’s version includes the fourth installment of this season’s Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series, which features a presentation by high-altitude skier Adrian Ballinger. One of the few Americans to posses a full International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations guiding certificate, Ballinger will talk about recent travels in search of powder turns. “The journey took him from the world’s most militarized border between India and Pakistan, to the flanks of the world’s fourth tallest peak, Lhotse, in Nepal, to the high peaks of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca,” according to a press release for the film series. “He also traveled into the Himalayan kingdom of Tibet, to attempt to climb and ski the Turquoise Goddess, Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth tallest peak.” The presentation takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge. Near the end of the month, the festival will also include a Nordic race in Tahoe City. “The Cobblestone Nordic Relay is a fast paced, cross-country relay race which begins in the Cobblestone parking lot and travels throughout the trails of the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park,” according to the Tahoe City Downtown Association. “Not only will it be an incredibly fun race, but an exciting spectator experience too.”
Most Alpenglow Mountain Festival events are free. Space is limited, and people are encouraged to register online.
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The fourth installment of the 2013-14 Winter Film Series is "The Global Search for Powder," with world-famous high- altitude ski mountaineer and Marmot athlete Adrian Ballinger. The Feb. 20 show at Squaw Valley's Olympic Village Lodge is one of several events during the Alpenglow Mountain Festival, a two-week celebration of human-powered winter sports. For more information on the celebration, visit alpenglowsports.com. Ballinger, a former Tahoe guide, has guided professionally on Himalayan giants Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. He is one of few Americans with a full ... CONTINUE READING IN OUR PAID ARCHIVEÂ
The 2014 Alpenglow Mountain Festival presented by Alpenglow Sports and Nature’s Bakery II BY BRENNAN LAGASSE · FEBRUARY 7, 2014 · 2 COMMENTS
Welcome to the second installment of a three part series meant to dial you in on this one-of-a-kind, two-week winter festival celebrating human-powered outdoor recreation in Lake Tahoe. It’s already February 7th and we’re just one week out until the beginning of the festival! Over the course of two weeks, from February 14th-March 2nd, clinics, presentations, films and more will take place in North Lake Tahoe exploring some of the best activities our world class region has to offer. Participants will have the opportunity to Nordic ski, backcountry ski, snowshoe and enjoy natural history excursions. In that spirit, the festival has been designed to inspire participants to enjoy and explore North Lake Tahoe’s unique playground with friends and family celebrating the Sierra mountain lifestyle. The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, but offers a range of activities for all interests and ability levels. While the majority of events are free, space is limited, and participants are encouraged to register online in advance to reserve a spot, as well as for the opportunity to win spectacular giveaways. For this week, one lucky person has the opportunity to win a complete backcountry ski package that includesBlack Diamond Equipment Ltd Skis, Dynafit Radical ST Bindings, a Nature’s Bakery Snack Pack, a Backcountry Access Ski Pack and Avalanche Tracker 2 Beacon! Total value of $1,600! Enter here! Since there are so many festival highlights, for this edition we’ll focus on three offerings in the presentations being offered, the winter film series, and the Dynafit Nachtspektakel event. For more information on the guided snowshoe offerings, backcountry and Nordic ski tours, cross country skills and waxing clinics, and the AIARE certified field and classroom avalanche safety skills clinics, please click here. A full events schedule, a map and additional details can easily be found online at AlpenglowSports.com. Presentations by Leading Athletes, Historians and Recreational Enthusiasts These festival offerings come in diverse packages meant to engage, teach and inspire participants. TO (seen above) will kick things off with his “Polar Zones” presentation on February 15th. On Monday, February 17th, local Squaw Valley hero Lel Tone will offer a presentation on avalanche safety. The following day on February 18th John Dittli will give a presentation on 40 years of skiing in the High Sierra. On Wednesday, February 19th Andy Anderson from the Sierra Avalanche Center will present on how to read an avalanche forecast, and on Friday, February 21st renowned Pacific Northwest writer Martin Volken will talk about skiing in Washington state.
There will also be three Nordic ski presentations, all taking place during the last week of the festival. Monday, February 24th will offer a presentation on how to prep your skis for the Great Ski Race, and that next day a presentation will be offered on how to finish the Great Ski Race. The final Nordic presentation is set for Friday, February 28th and will be a Nordic skiing 101 event for those wishing to get into the sport. Alpenglow Winter Film Series with World-Renowned Big Mountain Climber Adrian Ballinger There’s a plethora of amazing individuals that will be running many of the festival’s events this year, and world renown guide and athlete Adrian Ballinger is one of them. Adrian is not only a complete alpine monster, he’s also a great guy and calls Lake Tahoe home when he’s not traveling the world, literally climbing the tallest peaks on the planet. Join Alpenglow as Adrian offers the fourth film in the winter series speaking to his pursuits above 8,000 meters. This offering will take place at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village on February 20th from 7-9pm. The Third Annual Dynafit Nachtspektakel A common practice in European ski countries, this family friendly event is one of the most fun evenings you’ll have on skis this season. It keeps getting better each year with great comradery skinning up Squaw Valley, followed by dinner, drinks, and one roller-coaster of run back down the mountain. Check out write-ups from year one and year two and make the call for yourself. If you have any inclination that this event might raise your fun meter, do it! You won’t regret anything other than missing the first two years. Meet at the base of the Squaw Valley Tram at 4pm sharp on February 22nd. Advance ticket purchases are highly recommended. We’re only two-thirds of the way through all the happenings from the festival! I’ll be back next week to highlight the festival’s remaining events such as the Grand Fondo Nordic Ski Event, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, and the Nordic Ski Demo Event. Remember that a full events schedule, a map and additional details can easily be found online by visiting AlpenglowSports.com. Established in 1979, Alpenglow Sports is Tahoe City’s original mountain shop. Specializing in Backcountry and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, backpacking, hiking, camping, and the mountain lifestyle apparel, Alpenglow is always psyched to offer premier user-based customer service.
Alpenglow Mountain Festival in Tahoe By Christina Nellemann on January 28, 2014 1:45 PM
Finally, the next forecast is predicting about a foot more snow in the Tahoe area. Hallelujah! It looks like those snow dances and prayers worked. This might be your best time to get up into the mountains for some Sochi-inspired extreme winter sports. If you're already an experienced skier or snowboarder, you know what to do, but what if you're new to mountain snow sports? Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City will be holding a two-week winter sport festival February 14 - March 2 which will feature clinics, classes, natural history lessons and backcountry ski and snowshoe tours at various locations around North Lake Tahoe including Squaw Valley, Page Meadows, Ward Canyon, Emerald Bay and Homewood. Each event is geared toward aspiring beginner and intermediate winter sport enthusiasts who want to get more exercise in the high mountains. Alpenglow has teamed up with Nature's Bakery to offer most of the events for free, but participants are encouraged to register online in advance to ensure they get a spot in their desired clinic or tour. You can also register for some great giveaways. The events will include guided snowshoe, backcountry and nordic ski tours, cross country skills and wax clinics, AIARE certified field and classroom avalanche safety clinics, and full moon skiing. Other events will include the Great Ski Race at Tahoe Cross Country, the Wine, Women and Wax clinic, presentations by Mammut athlete Todd Offenbacher and Alpenglow Sports experts on backcountry skiing and avalanche conditions, and a natural history tour with Will Richardson of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. Â