Tahoe City’s Alpenglow Sports launches backcountry vertical competition | SierraSun.com

Tahoe City’s Alpenglow Sports launches backcountry vertical competition

Special to the Sun
Ryan McAuliffe/submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Alpenglow Sports, a 30-year North Lake Tahoe backcountry ski and outdoor retailer, partnered with industry-leading outdoor manufacturers Black Diamond, Dynafit North America, Patagonia, and Marmot to create an unprecedented challenge for the regionand#8217;s backcountry skiing community.

and#8220;Tahoeand#8217;s consistently deep snowpack, long spring season and copious bluebird powder days have spawned a tremendously motivated backcountry user group that cumulatively, put in an astounding amount of human powered vertical each winter,and#8221; says Alpenglow Sports General Manager Brendan Madigan, who with challenge co-creator Jeff Dostie, another admitted backcountry powder addict, logs more than half a million vertical feet each season. and#8220;Our goal is track that data and use it to unite and inspire the entire backcountry skiing community.and#8221;

This free, and#8220;earn-your-turnsand#8221; event will be characterized by a simple on-line form at http://www.TahoeVertical.com, where participants can enter their daily vertical feet collected on skis, snowboard and snowshoe or simply hiking. The challenge will collect data from all participants through May 1, 2011.

The inaugural 2010/11 and#8220;Lake Tahoe Backcountry Vertical Competitionand#8221; will award grand prizes from Black Diamond, Dynafit North America, Patagonia and Marmot to the top three men and women, as well as display daily updates on the overall vertical feet collected.

As Lake Tahoeand#8217;s original backcountry ski shop, Alpenglow Sports seeks to encourage human-powered backcountry skiing and riding in Lake Tahoeand#8217;s world-class terrain while creating a shared forum that is both fun and inspiring. Backcountry users of all levels are encouraged to participate, from professionals to weekend warriors. Weekly raffles will also be held for all participants. The contest will rely solely on honest and accurate data entry from all participants, false entries and exaggerations will not be accepted.

For specific rules and regulations, visit http://www.TahoeVertical.com, call Alpenglow Sports at 530-583-6917 or e-mail brendan@alpenglowsports.com.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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