2019-20 Alpenglow Programs

  • Skier in powder
  • Lake Tahoe Snowshoe Hikes at Squaw Valley
  • Skier in powder
  • Lake Tahoe Snowshoe Hikes at Squaw Valley

New this year!

Alpenglow Expeditions is offering two NEW products for the 2019-20 season. 

Choose from either a single run through the backcountry and a Shirley Canyon snowshoe tour. Click through the tabs below for all of the details!

Single Run through Tram Backcountry

Join us for a single lap in the Tram Ridge Zone!

You can avoid using backcountry skis and boots and still get a taste for backcountry skiing using your everyday resort setup. At the top of Broken Arrow, we will exit the resort boundary, entering the backcountry with special permission from Squaw Valley. Expect a 5-10 minute hike upon exiting the boundary and another 10-15 minute skate out of the zone after skiing. Skiers and riders are must wear a beacon and carry a probe and shovel. Alpenglow provides these items at no cost to all reserved clients.

What to Expect:

We start our day with a ride on either the Funitel or Tram. We proceed to the Broken Arrow zone within Squaw Valley, and we exit into the Tram Ridge zone through a gate that only Alpenglow Expeditions groups can use. These boundaries are still closed to the public. We’re able to ski in the Tram Ridge zone down into Shirley Canyon floating down slopes of various steepness through playful terrain. Near the bottom, we make a hard right and use the last bit of vertical to get back to the trailhead. From here we pop off our skis or boards, and in 10 minutes or less, we’re back in the Village.

Even on the most crowded days at the resort, this zone is truly the backcountry. Similar to Ski & Snowboard School participants, Alpenglow ski clients have lift line privileges with their guide to efficiently move toward the ski area boundary. Once in the Tram zone, groups enter an uncontrolled avalanche area. Our guides will be critical in selecting the best lines to ski.

Who Can Participate: 
  • Intermediate and Advanced skiers or riders.
  • Skiers and riders must be competent in a variety of terrain and snow conditions.
  • Skiers and riders must be able to link turns on ungroomed runs while maintaining control. This is comparable to skiing ungroomed black diamond terrain confidently.
  • Skiers or riders 12-16 years old can join tours if accompanied by a parent. Skiers and riders 16 years and older may join without accompaniment.
Product Details: 
  • Location: Squaw Valley
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Cost: $75/person

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Alpenglow Expeditions operates under a special use permit from the Tahoe, Inyo and Eldorado National Forests. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Shirley Canyon Snowshoe Tour

Known as a summer hiking trail, snowshoers can now explore this magical winter wonderland.

Traveling past a rushing creek and icy waterfalls, Shirley Canyon is an incredible snowshoe hike not to be missed. This beautiful canyon forms the head of Squaw Valley and the views it provides are stunning. Four-hour guided tours will leave The Village at Squaw Valley each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am. The route leads up 2 miles to the Tram Ridge viewpoint, a comfortable plateau that makes for a fantastic lunch venue. Your group will stop for a 20-30 minute break at this highpoint, to enjoy a simple winter picnic and a hot drink. Alpenglow will provide complimentary hot chocolate or coffee. After a quick break, you’ll make your way down the canyon and back to the office.

Approximate Schedule
TimeDescription
10:30amTour leaves The Village at Squaw Valley
12:30pmGroup stops for a 20-30 min lunch break*
2:30pmTour ends at the Alpenglow Office

*Packed sack lunches are available from Wildflour Bakery for $20/person. If you would like Alpenglow to arrange a sack lunch for you or your group, please contact the office with your request (and any dietary concerns) by the Friday before your tour at 10am.

Important Details
  • Group snowshoe tours require a minimum enrollment of 3 people.
  • Each guide can take 8 snowshoers, for groups larger than 8, you will be assigned an additional guide.
  • Your tour includes snowshoes, poles and a complimentary hot drink (coffee, tea or hot chocolate) served at the group’s highpoint.
What To Wear
  • Start with a small backpack so you can carry all the necessities plus extra layers. Sunscreen, lip balm, snacks and a 1-Liter water bottle.
  • We recommend wearing layers so you can easily add or subtract clothing to manage your temperature whether you’re hiking uphill or taking a break. We recommend a non-cotton base layer, a breathable insulating mid-layer, and a waterproof shell jacket.
  • For pants, plan to wear waterproof snow pants and consider adding a non-cotton base layer, depending on the temps.
  • Wear warm waterproof winter boots; the snowshoes are adjustable and will fit with any standard boot.
  • Eye protection is a must, but depending on the weather, you can choose to wear sunglasses or goggles. (Sunglasses are better for not fogging, but goggles can be better if it’s snowing)
  • A good winter hat or ball-cap, and a neck buff complete the look.
Tour Details
  • Location: Squaw Valley
  • Skill Level: Any, Introductory
  • Cost: $65/person

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Alpenglow Expeditions operates under a special use permit from the Tahoe, Inyo and Eldorado National Forests. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.