Truckee-Tahoe hosts access to a multitude of some of the most luxurious and prized ski resorts in the world. Despite the amazing in-bounds options, every year more and more people are trying out backcountry travel and venturing away from the lifts of the resorts to explore the wild and uncontrolled slopes all around us. Backcountry skiing and snowboarding have shown steady growth every year and Truckee is rich with opportunities to find gear,
About the author: Ben Hogan is a Truckee-based backcountry skier with nearly 20 years of experience and is a former Alpine Meadows Ski Patroller. He is a freelance adventure writer, a physician assistant and author of www.manystepsmakemountains.com.
Photo: Northstar California Resort
Are you a non-alpine skier or rider eager to explore Truckee’s unreal backyard with a fun winter activity? Or, perhaps you’re looking to switch things up after a morning on the slopes. Check out our list of favorites below to create a fun winter experience with your friends and family!
Fat bikes are an easy and fun way to explore the Truckee area all-year round.
Just look around and you can see why Truckee has become a mecca for backcountry skiing and snowboarding. From the gorgeous snow-capped peaks, the record-breaking snowfall, and the ready access to incredible terrain; Truckee has it all. Not only does Truckee have the steep and deep for the pros, it also features backcountry terrain that’s great for beginners or skiers and snowboarders wanting to learn and experience the backcountry.
Once the waning days of autumn start casting long shadows on the peaks above Truckee, you can’t help but appreciate the vibrant fall colors visible in nearly every direction. Truckee and North Lake Tahoe are rich with opportunities to explore by bicycle or by foot. What better way to take in the abundant fall colors that paint the area’s trees every autumn. From the bright gold of aspen groves and cottonwoods to the beautifully contrasting greens and reds of various evergreens and low lying brush,
Springtime in the Truckee-Tahoe region is filled with melting snow and unpredictable weather but knowing what thaws first can help you have the best experience and most fun. Whether you’re looking for a stretch of trail to bike, run, or hike in search of spring’s first wildflower blooms, Learn about some of these incredible options just minutes from downtown Truckee.
Commemorative Emigrant Trail
Just north of Truckee on Hwy 89 you can find the Commemorative Emigrant Trail offering wonderful spring access to miles of rolling single track great for hiking,
Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is an amazing way to experience the out of doors in a totally new winter environment. Travelling on busy summer trails now quiet and covered with a blanket of fresh Sierra snow can transform a mundane path into a winter wonderland of tall drifts and smooth angles. Having a good time in the mountainous winter backcountry inevitably includes having the knowledge to keep you and your group safe.
Avalanche danger is the biggest threat to safety when entering the backcountry, but thankfully taking an avalanche class is the easiest way to learn about mitigating risk to pursue your backcountry missions. There are truly dozens of reasons why you should take an avy class, but we’ll boil it down to five important ones!
1. Know Before You Go
Knowledge is key in the world of backcountry skiing.