North America’s largest backcountry demo returns Saturday to North Tahoe |

North America’s largest backcountry demo returns Saturday to North Tahoe

Staff report
A skier tests out new skis at a previous backcountry demo event at Alpine Meadows.
Courtesy Josh Hejl / Minaret Photography |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The ninth annual Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event, North America’s largest venue for all things alpine touring, telemark and splitboard, returns this weekend.

Alpenglow Sports has once again partnered with Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on the Saturday, Jan. 10 event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Tahoe City shop has worked hard to foster the largest and most well-known backcountry demo event in North America.

“With the mainstream popularization of backcountry skiing and riding over the last 6-7 years, we felt there was a great opportunity to create a fun demo event,” said Alpenglow owner Brendan Madigan. “When your backcountry equipment can ski virtually as well as your resort rig, at half the weight, it’s a pretty compelling story.

“But as with anything, the proof is in the performance, which people can experiment with this January.”

The event is held annually at Alpine Meadows, a destination known for popular hikes, great out-of-bounds terrain, and easy-to-access side-country.

The demo also provides a forum to perpetuate the enthusiasm for all aspects of in-area and backcountry skiing.

“It’s a really fun time to see backcountry enthusiasts come out and try a bunch of new equipment,” said Alpenglow manager Jeff Dostie. “There are lots of smiles at the end of the day, which is really why we do it.”

Participating vendors will include DPS, Dynafit, G3, Scarpa, NTN, Salomon, K2, Scott, Marker, Volkl, Twenty-Two Designs, La Sportiva, Voile, Moment, Julbo, Fly Low, Smith Optics and Jones Snowboards.

In addition to the opportunity to try over 100 styles of skis, Alpenglow and Rich Meyer Alpine Guide will provide a free, informal avalanche companion rescue class.

This 1 p.m. Saturday clinic will include beacon searches, strategic shoveling and probing.

The event is free, but participants must possess a valid lift ticket or season pass purchased from Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley, along with a driver’s license and credit card for deposit.

Registration occurs onsite at the Alpenglow Sports tent Saturday.

Information for this story was provided by Alpenglow Sports. Visit or call 530-583-6917 for more information.

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