Backcountry, backcountry, backcountry. Did I mention the backcountry? If you’re looking for regular ol’ skis and snowboards and normal outerwear, head to Tahoe Dave’s. If you’re not the average weekend resort-goer - say, if you trek, skin, climb, and pick above and beyond the chairlift-access mountain, look no further. The mountaineering staff at Alpenglow Sports take pride in their store as “A California Mountain Shop” that’s fully equipped with literally anything you’ll need out in the wild. Those who manage Alpenglow Sports know what they’re doing; the store’s tagline reads: “Enjoying nature’s playground since 1979.” So let’s get into the details.
I could list world renowned brand names such as Patagonia, Marmot and Mountain Hardwear, but I fear you won’t really get the gist of what Alpenglow is all about by just those names. What about those brands that manufacture gear and outerwear strictly for backcountry touring, like Flylow, G3 and DPS? The staff at Alpenglow will help you get fully fitted in touring gear, from head to ski. And believe me: nothing in this store doesn’t scream quality.
Let’s admit it, riding man-made slopes at the many Tahoe resorts gets the adrenaline pumping, especially when there are so many people to potentially run into! But let’s face it: all a long-time rider wants is an open powder bowl with no one in sight. Tucked away in Tahoe, these bowls exist. First, you must have the gear. Start off at Alpenglow by purchasing outdoor books full of backcountry advice or maps of the area. Buy and get to know your BCA beacon, shovel and probe. Then, consider all the other imperatives Alpenglow has to offer: ropes and lines, Nik Wax waterproofing, Camelbak water packs, first aid kits, Hestra gloves, Smartwool socks, Ruffwear packs and water bowls for your avalanche dog, camping and backpacking gear for multi-day trips, skins for skis or a splitboard, Osprey and Mammut backpacks, Superfeet and Swix - the list goes on, and I haven’t even mentioned the real hardwear yet.
Need some lightweight skis made for backcountry touring from DPS, Voile, Black Diamond, Volkl or K2? Fit them with Marker Duke or Baron bindings, or - for you extreme adventurists - a Dynafit setup. For you snowboarders out there, cop one of Alpenglow’s Jones splitboards (they have both men’s and women’s boards!) and throw some Spark or Karakoram splitboard bindings on it. Head out on a tour with your G3 skins and collapsible poles. Not into downhill skiing? Alpenglow has an extensive cross country skiing selection, from Salomon and Fischer skis to Alpina boots. Purchase your gear, mount your skis and heat-mold your boots all at Alpenglow.
When the snow melts, keep Alpenglow in mind. They have all you need for rock climbing and backpacking. And don’t worry about inexperience or pre-riding butterflies - the chill vibe inside Alpenglow will cool you down. Who knows, maybe the store’s classic rock playlist will skip to Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” to whip you into shape. Either way, I recommend you listen to that song now, even for just the first 60 seconds. Because that and Alpenglow is all you need.