Via Ferrata FAQ’s
Where is it located?
The Tahoe Via Ferrata is located at Squaw Valley Resort in Olympic Valley, California. The climbing experience will start and end at the Alpenglow Expeditions office in The Village at Squaw Valley. Both Via Ferrata routes ascend what is known as “Tram Face,” which towers directly above the base area of the resort, offering stunning views of the valley and the surrounding Sierra Nevada.
What can I compare it to?
The Tahoe Via is a very unique experience, most comparable to rock climbing. The Via Ferrata routes help participants learn to navigate the rock face on the protected climbing route with permanent steel anchors and cables that keep them 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.
When will it open?
The Tahoe Via Ferrata will open Fall 2018. Alpenglow Expeditions is accepting reservations beginning October 1.
Can I climb it by myself, without a guide?
No. All participants must be guided by an Alpenglow Expeditions Via Ferrata guide with AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) training.
What happens if I fall?
Via Ferrata connects participants to the rock 100% of the time through a specifically designed lanyard. These lanyards, which attach to the steel cable, will arrest the fall.
What about weather?
Weather events such as lightning, rain and snow may cause delays on the routes. Climbers will only depart if safe climbing conditions exist.
How long will the experience take?
Who can participate?
No prior experience necessary! Participants must be 10 years old to participate and a minimum of 80 pounds. Kids below 80 pounds can participate but must be guided by an additional guide on a privately guided program.
What kind of equipment do participants need? What do I need to bring?
All technical equipment (harness, helmet, gloves and lanyards) is provided by Alpenglow and included in the pricing.
Participants are encouraged to wear clothes similar to what you would wear hiking. Light pants or shorts, and either a short sleeve or long sleeve shirt. A backpack to carry water, snacks, sunscreen and other items will also be useful. On colder weather days a jacket will come in handy. Closed-toe shoes are required.
How can I book my Via adventure?
Participants can reserve online at tahoevia.com or by calling the Alpenglow Expeditions office at 877-873-5376. Clients can also stop by the Alpenglow offices headquartered in the Village at Squaw Valley.
Where do participants meet?
All Tahoe Via experiences will begin at the Alpenglow Expeditions offices located in the Village at Squaw Valley. Once registration and safety demonstrations are complete, participants will be shuttled to the base of the routes in a 4×4 adventure vehicle.
What time does the adventure start?
Adventures start at 8:00am and 1:00pm daily. As sessions fill up, additional sessions are added on the half-hour. The last morning session departs at 10:00am and the last afternoon session departs at 2:30pm
Do you have group options?
Yes! We can accommodate up to 120 people per day. Please call the Alpenglow Expeditions office at 877-873-5376 for specific group information and pricing.
Is there a minimum group size?
Open enrollment groups must have a minimum of 3 participants to depart. The maximum group size is 6 per guide, and larger groups/families will go out with several guides.
Private groups have no minimum size but will operate at a 6 participate per 1 guide ratio.
I am a guide. Can I bring my own group?
Yes! We welcome outside guides and their groups through our guest guide program. This program is open to IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guides, as well as AMGA certified Rock or Alpine guides. Groups must be booked on a private basis. Please contact the office for more information.