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Opening Day Is Just Around the Corner!

Via Ferrata, Squaw Valley’s newest outdoor adventure, will be officially open for the Summer of 2019 on June 15, the first full summer of operations in Tahoe! Via Ferrata, Italian for “Iron Road”, is a protected hiking and climbing experience. All clients are guided by professionally trained mountain guides, and safely attached to the rock throughout the experience using permanent steel anchors and cables. The Tahoe Via is located on the iconic Tram Face at Squaw Valley Resort and offers extraordinary views of the village and surrounding mountains.

The Tahoe Via Ferrata has two distinct routes that ascend Squaw Valley’s Tram…

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What to Expect: A Day on the Tahoe Via Ferrata

A day on the Tahoe Via Ferrata begins and ends at our offices in the Village at Squaw Valley. You’ll arrive at your scheduled start time (book online) to grab a few pieces of gear and meet your climbing guide.

 

The Beast

Within 30 minutes you’ll be hopping in “The Beast” to get a short open-air shuttle ride to the start of the routes. Once at the bottom of the Via Ferrata your guide will go through an informational review on how to use the cable system while climbing.

 

 

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Countdown to Opening Day: Tahoe Via Ferrata

To date, the 2018-19 winter season has brought 682” of snow to the upper elevations at Squaw Valley, home of the Tahoe Via Ferrata. While this incredible winter was more than welcomed by skiers and riders, it has buried the Tahoe Via Ferrata. Fortunately, the southern exposure of the Skyline Traverse and eastern exposure of the Sundial Arête should allow for the routes to melt out fast and, as soon as conditions allow, Tahoe Via guides be getting out on the Via Ferrata! Our first order of business is re-installing sections of cable that were removed for…

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The Inside Scoop on Via Ferrata with Braden Mayfield

Photo: Philip Luedtke

Opening week of Via Ferrata was a total whirlwind and energy is running high at our home base in Squaw Valley. We had a big turnout of locals and visitors alike, with everyone from young kids to grandparents out scrambling on the rocks. We caught up with guide Braden Mayfield in between guiding sessions and asked him a couple of questions about his experience so far.

First off, can you give us a brief rundown of what a via ferrata is?  

A via ferrata is a mountain climbing route that has been modified with…

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How Via Ferrata came to Tahoe

A lifetime ago (or at least 12 years ago) I was spending my summers and winters guiding in the in the European Alps. The Alps provide unparalleled access to phenomenal climbing and skiing in high mountain terrain (rock, ice and snow). Clients hired me to guide them on the classics – Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn, the Eiger and many other peaks that alpinists have tested themselves on for decades. Like the world’s greatest mountain ranges, bad weather is inevitable and, when the weather was bad, or we were tired from a big day in the mountains, we would invariably head…

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A new style of adventure

Via Ferrata routes have been popular in Europe and Canada for many years, and for good reason. The experience brings the exposure and fun of technical rock climbing into the realm of every-day fun seekers, without needing any prior experience.

Via Ferrata, Italian for “iron road,” originated during the first and second World Wars. In order to aid troops in crossing the high peaks and passes of the Alps, the rock was retrofitted with steel ladder rungs and cables. The system allowed higher numbers of troops to travel efficiently through technical terrain. The steel “aids” made the challenging terrain

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