Tahoe Via Ferrata at Squaw Valley Now Open!
Explore Squaw Valley’s most iconic rock face, The Tram Face, on the 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. Operations have been modified to comply with Covid-19 safety guideline
Via Ferrata Discounts
- Get 15% off your midweek climb by using code "Fall2020" at checkout.
- 2020/21 Ikon pass holders get 10% off their Via Ferrata climb by using code IKON2020 at check out. Must present season pass when checking in.
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.
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|2.5-hour Tour||For those interested in Via Ferrata but not ready to commit to a half-day adventure. This adventure lasts 2.5 hours round trip and takes climbers on the lower half of the tram face.||Starting at $299|
|4-hour Tour||Perfect for those eager to experience Squaw Valley's Via Ferrata on Tram Face. This adventure lasts four hours round trip.||Starting at $399|
|Group Rates||Special pricing available for groups of 13 or more. Details here.||Contact for Quote|
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 are guided by Alpenglow Expeditions’ staff of AMGA trained Single Pitch Rock Instructors. Groups 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 offers 2.5 hour tours, 4 hour tours, and private 7 hour tours. Tours depart in the morning and afternoon 7 days a week.
Who can participate?
Via Ferrata requires no prior experience. Participants must be 10 years old, weigh 88lbs, and be 3'11". Special arrangements can be made if participants do not meet all requirements.
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.
What COVID-19 precautions are being taken?
Alpenglow Expeditions is committed to doing our part in the mitigation of COVID-19, as well as complying with local and state guidelines. Our reopening plan includes many modifications to how we’ll be conducting guiding operations on the Tahoe Via Ferrata in Squaw Valley. Modifications to how we guide rock climbing on Donner Summit, Lovers Leap, and the High Sierra will be very similar to the actions taken below, however here we’ll focus on what we’re doing to get back to climbing the Tahoe Via Ferrata. Get details to their COVID-19 guidelines here.