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About the Tahoe Backcountry Vertical Challenge

The 2011 Backcountry Vertical Challenge represents Lake Tahoe’s first ever FREE, community-wide fundraising initiative to benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center. In a quest to attain operational dollars for Lake Tahoe’s local avalanche forecasting agency, Alpenglow Sports has challenged the entire Tahoe backcountry community to a cumulative goal of 15 million vertical feet of human-powered uphill travel.

As a Tahoe backcountry enthusiast, this is your opportunity to give back to the Sierra Avalanche Center at zero cost to you! As such, every single foot of uphill travel matters, and no number is too small! While 15 million vertical feet is a lofty cumulative goal, the ultimate payoff is a $3000 donation to the Sierra Avalanche Center by Alpenglow Sports. The event is designed to motivate, inspire, and bond the Tahoe backcountry community around a vital resource for all methods of backcountry travel and recreation.

If $3000 wasn’t enough, Alpenglow Sports will be paying participants in the form of gift certificates for their progress! The event will run from November 15, 2011 through April 30, 2012. For competitive types, podium prizes will be awarded for the top three men and women, as well as for best camera edit pertaining to the event. Any skier or rider that registers data is also eligible for a FREE bi-monthly raffle! Major sponsors include: Black Diamond, Scarpa, G3, Rotefella, Marmot, Suunto, Clif Bar, Smith Optics, and Honey Stinger.

About Alpenglow Sports

Founded in 1979, Alpenglow Sports is Lake Tahoe’s original mountain shop. Winter specialties include backcountry skiing and riding, mountaineering, and Nordic. Exemplified by above average employee-athletes who work as hard as they play, Alpenglow Sports is a user-based shop of backcountry skiing expertise and core passion. The long and storied list of Alpenglow employees has been well known for sharing the passion of backcountry skiing and riding with the Lake Tahoe community and the shop is happy to continue the trend in 2011-12!

About the Sierra Avalanche Center

The Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) is a partnership between the Tahoe National Forest and a not for profit Board of Directors. SAC provides backcountry avalanche advisories for the central Sierra Nevada and the necessary funding to employ and support two professional avalanche forecasters through a mix of donations and fundraising events. The Tahoe National Forest provides infrastructure support in the form of office space, office equipment, office services, vehicles, fuel, safety equipment, and daily supervision of the forecasters. , was founded in 2004 and is the world’s first splitboard-specific website; uniting splitboarders around the world while creating an active and vibrant online community.