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February 12, 2014
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Alpenglow celebrates human-powered fun

If you’ve ever wanted to explore Lake Tahoe via snowshoes, cross-country skis or a backcountry setup, the next two weeks provide ample opportunity. The first-ever winter Alpenglow Mountain Festival begins Friday and runs through March 2 at the lake’s North Shore.

The festival includes guided snowshoe, backcountry and Nordic ski tours; cross-country skills and waxing clinics; presentations by leading athletes and historians; avalanche safety courses; a backcountry film festival and a Nordic ski demo.

The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate recreation enthusiasts, but offers something for everyone, said Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports, which is putting on the event along with Carson’s City’s Nature’s Bakery.

“There’s plenty of stuff for all ability and interests,” Madigan said, adding the festival is a way to give back to the community and inspire people to get outdoors. The winter iteration follows a summer Alpenglow Mountain Festival that took place in June.

Winter’s version includes the fourth installment of this season’s Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series, which features a presentation by high-altitude skier Adrian Ballinger.

One of the few Americans to posses a full International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations guiding certificate, Ballinger will talk about recent travels in search of powder turns.

“The journey took him from the world’s most militarized border between India and Pakistan, to the flanks of the world’s fourth tallest peak, Lhotse, in Nepal, to the high peaks of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca,” according to a press release for the film series. “He also traveled into the Himalayan kingdom of Tibet, to attempt to climb and ski the Turquoise Goddess, Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth tallest peak.”

The presentation takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Near the end of the month, the festival will also include a Nordic race in Tahoe City.

“The Cobblestone Nordic Relay is a fast paced, cross-country relay race which begins in the Cobblestone parking lot and travels throughout the trails of the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park,” according to the Tahoe City Downtown Association. “Not only will it be an incredibly fun race, but an exciting spectator experience too.”

Most Alpenglow Mountain Festival events are free. Space is limited, and people are encouraged to register online.

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