Tahoe Via Ferrata at Squaw Valley
Explore Squaw Valley’s most iconic rock face, The Tram Face, on the all new Via Ferrata routes operated by local guide service, Alpenglow Expeditions. Learn to navigate the rock face on the protected climbing route with permanent steel anchors and cables that keep participants safely connected to the rock 100% of the time. Lake Tahoe’s only Via Ferrata is expected to open in Fall 2018.
What is Via Ferrata?
A Via Ferrata, which means “Iron Road” in Italian, is a protected hiking and climbing experience, scaling the iconic rock face that towers above The Village at Squaw Valley. Using permanent steel anchors and cables, participants are safely attached to the rock throughout the entire experience as well as guided by professional mountain guides.
|Half Day Group Experience||Morning and afternoon start times. Available up to 6 participants.||$149/person|
|Full Day Group Experience||All the way to the top, head down, and do a second route that is more difficult. Available up to 6 participants.||$225/person|
|Private Lessons||Available upon request||Contact for Rates|
Available to book this fall
Where is Squaw Valley’s Via Ferrata located?
The Lake Tahoe Via Ferrata is located in Olympic Valley, California, at Squaw Valley Resort. The experience will start and end at Alpenglow Expeditions in The Village at Squaw Valley. Both Via Ferrata routes ascend what is known as “Tram Face” which towers directly above the base area of the resort.
Who guides the Via Ferrata?
All groups will be guided by Alpenglow Expeditions’ staff of AMGA trained Single Pitch Rock Instructors. Groups will have a six-participants-per-one-guide ratio. All participants must be guided, the Via Ferrata is not open to the public.
How long does the Via Ferrata take?
Alpenglow Expeditions will offer half-day and full-day guided Via Ferrata Tours. Tours will depart every half-hour from 8am-10am and from 12:30pm-2:30pm.
Who can participate?
Via Ferrata requires no prior experience. All participation limitations are related to weight and are safety requirements of the equipment manufacturers.
What equipment do I need?
Participants are encouraged to wear clothes similar to what you would wear hiking and bring a small backpack for water, snacks, sunscreen and any other items you may want to bring (i.e. camera). Closed toed shoes are required, and hiking shoes with stickey rubber are recommended (available for rental from Alpenglow Expeditions). All technical equipment (harness, helmet, gloves, and lanyards) are provided by Alpenglow at no additional cost.
What happens if I fall?
Via Ferrata connects participants to the rock 100% of the time through a specifically designed lanyard. These lanyards, which attach to the steel cable, will arrest the fall.
Is Via Ferrata impacted by weather?
Weather events such as lightning and thunder, rain or snow may cause closures or delays on the routes.
Can I bring a large group?
Yes, groups of up to 60 people can be accommodated at one time.