Sierra Rec Magazine – Olympic Valley, Calif., August 9, 2018 – Alpenglow Expeditions, a North Lake Tahoe area-based guide service, will soon begin construction of two Via Ferrata climbing routes up Tram Face at Squaw Valley Resort. The routes will allow even those with no climbing experience the opportunity to safely scale the iconic rock face, exploring high alpine terrain while taking in the beautiful vistas.
Via Ferrata, an Italian term meaning Iron Road, is a protected climbing route with permanent steel anchors and cables that allow participants to be safely connected to the rock 100% of the time. All climbs will be led by Alpenglow Expeditions’ experienced team of AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) trained guides who will teach participants how to navigate the rock face while introducing basic climbing techniques.
The Via Ferrata at Squaw Valley is the first in the Lake Tahoe area and will open up one-of-a-kind access to one of California’s most beautiful regions, and most iconic rock faces: the Tram Face, which towers above The Village at Squaw Valley.
“Our Via Ferrata routes will let adventurers of all skill levels experience the exhilaration of a real climb,” said Alpenglow Expeditions CEO, Adrian Ballinger. “Best of all, entire families, regardless of experience, can take part in the same climb – and share the same breathtaking views of Squaw Valley and the Lake Tahoe region.”
The first guided ascents are expected to commence in September, 2018.
“We constantly look for new and exciting opportunities for adventurous families and groups of friends to explore our unique mountain environment,” said Kyle Crezee, director of activities at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “The Alpenglow Expeditions team has shown the highest level of professionalism and service with their lift-accessed backcountry ski tours, and working with them to provide an incredible summer adventure with Via Ferrata is an exciting next step.”
Beginning this fall, Alpenglow Expeditions plans to offer full-day and half-day guided Via Ferrata tours. No climbing experience is necessary, but basic hiking fitness is recommended.
For more information about the Tahoe Via Ferrata and to book your adventure, visit tahoevia.com or call Alpenglow Expeditions at 877-873-5376.
About Alpenglow Expeditions
Alpenglow Expeditions was founded in 2004 by IFMGA certified guide Adrian Ballinger. From the Himalaya to Lake Tahoe, Alpenglow leads expeditions across the mountain ranges of the globe in all disciplines including mountaineering, skiing, ski mountaineering, and rock climbing. With over 30 international expeditions per year and a full menu of ski and rock climbing courses in Lake Tahoe, Alpenglow Expeditions’ core values are founded on providing a unique experience for each client who desires to explore mountains across the world. Visit www.alpenglowexpeditions.com or call 877-873-5376 for more information.
About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for the third year in a row by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe, California. Spanning over 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains, skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app to make the most of every visit. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year-round with nonstop events and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny California days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the Spring Skiing Capital™ as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Visit squawalpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more.