Tahoe Mountain Sports and Tahoe Mountain School want backcountry users to upgrade their skills, shop local, learn local and ski like a local
TRUCKEE, CA — The backcountry is beckoning with epic Sierra snow, and for the second year in a row Tahoe Mountain Sports and Tahoe Mountain School are partnering to keep adventurers well equipped and safe.
For the 2015-2016 winter, Tahoe Mountain School will offer a full avalanche education program at Tahoe Mountain Sports’ store in Truckee. Those attending any of the courses this winter will be able to rent top-of-the-line backcountry ski gear from Tahoe Mountain Sports at a discounted rate of $99 for the course weekend.
“We are excited to partner with the Tahoe Mountain School because it allows us to offer great outdoor experiences and educational opportunities before or after you get outfitted in new gear,” said Dave Polivy, owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports. “Our customers are always asking where they can take their Avy 1 class and now they don’t even have to leave the store.”
Tahoe Mountain School was founded by Steve Reynaud, who started the school to provide professional avalanche education to the backcountry community. Classes offer low student-to-guide ratios with hands-on experience and decision making to develop the skills the backcountry skier will need to be safer in the mountains.
The partnership between Tahoe Mountain School and Tahoe Mountain Sports allows those wanting to upgrade their backcountry skills to shop local, learn local and ski like a local.
Level 1 avalanche courses for the 2015-16 season are $399 and include three-day/24-hour class and field introduction to avalanche hazard management, an American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education Field Blue Book, AIARE student manual and use of Ortovox avalanche safety equipment.
Polivy said Ortovox’s support of the courses provides an opportunity for people to try packs, shovels, beacons and probes before they buy. Ortovox, a leading avalanche safety and outdoor apparel company, has provided the avalanche safety gear to Tahoe Mountain School so every student is equipped with the newest gear on the market.
2015-16 Avalanche Course dates
• 1/8-1/11. Level 2 Avalanche Course
• 1/16-1/18. Level 1 Avalanche Course
• 1/22-1/24 Level 1 Avalanche Course
• 2/13-2/15 Level 1 Avalanche Course
• 2/19-2/21 Level 1 Avalanche Course
• 3/4-3/6 Level 1 Avalanche Course