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Winter 2021 Information & Resources

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We are The BackCountry in Truckee, a local gear shop that specializes in Biking, Climbing, Skiing, and Backpacking/Camping gear. Throughout our website the word “backcountry” is used – it is referring to geographic areas that are remote, isolated and need proper gear to access. Some people refer to the backcountry as being an hour or more from definitive medical care. The backcountry is an amazing place full of incredible views and away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It is a place for everyone with proper knowledge and preparation.

The end of the 19/20 Tahoe Ski Season was full of late arriving snow – and it came just in time for all the ski resorts to close. Here in the Truckee, North Lake area, and in most ski towns, people bought shiny new skis, boards, and beacons to head into the backcountry. Here at the BackCountry in Truckee, we encourage people to get out and ski, as it is a space for everyone. We encourage people to do so responsibly- and that means having the proper equipment (beacon, probe, and shovel), knowing how to use the equipment, and knowing the conditions and hazards that exist each day you go out. As the 2020/2021 season approaches, we encourage people to pick up their new skis and snowboards AND to check out the latest Avalanche Education Courses offered and to know where to go to find the latest snow conditions so you can shred with confidence and safety.

Avalanche Education

Buy the gear you need at our store – we sell splitboards, skis, avy gear, and more. Next head over to the American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education to sign up for a Avalanche Safety Course. The courses are typically 3 days and will cover all the important information needed to prepare, plan and execute a safe trip into the backcountry.

Local Snow Conditions

In Truckee and Tahoe, the Sierra Avalanche Center provides the backcountry avalanche, snow and weather information for the greater Lake Tahoe area. The Sierra Avalanche Center is a private public partnership between the US Forest Service and a non-profit. Their website provides not only current condition information, but resources, events and information.

Mikes Ski Tours

Once you have your ski or snowboard gear, your avalanche safety gear, and you have completed your AIARE 1 Course, take a look at our blog, Mike’s Ski Tours, written by BackCountry owner Mike Schwartz. Mike covers regions in Tahoe, the Eastern Sierra, Lassen, and Shasta.Remember -know before you go. Check the snow report, the route you have planned, and have the knowledge and skills to safely execute your objective and have fun!

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