For all of our skiers, snowboarders, and other winter athletes out there, this is going to be an exciting week. Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week is in its third year.
This event will feature a week-long schedule of primarily free in-person and virtual events centered around backcountry safety, starting tomorrow, catering to all skill levels of backcountry snow sports lovers.
“We have a panel on how to be safe and courteous to others when you’re out there,” says Anne Rarick, Board President for Tahoe Backcountry Alliance.
Rarick believes that because backcountry travel is such a high-risk sport, it’s critical to teach the public safety precautions.
She warns us that disregarding safety precautions could have major repercussions, therefore they want to help stop it.
“So avalanches are a big one, also getting hurt, so how to take care of someone if they get hurt, and things like that,” says Rarick.
This event also benefits local nonprofit organizations. “It’s a really awesome way to raise awareness on how to be safe, how to be a friend in the backcountry, and a lot of the events are fundraisers for awesome organizations like Sierra Avalanche Center, the Tahoe Snowmobilers, and Tahoe Backcountry Alliance.”
Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week is a free event. All you need to do is sign up for any activities you’d like to participate in.
“I’m super excited for the She Jumps event and then some of the on-snow ones with the guides. Not a lot of snow out there but there’s always an opportunity to learn and practice,” Rarick says.
To see the scheduled events for the full week you can click here.