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Tahoe Via Ferrata Opens in 4 Days!

The Tahoe Via Ferrata, Squaw Valley’s newest outdoor adventure, will 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 Ferrata is located on the iconic Tram Face at Squaw Valley Resort and offers extraordinary views of the village and surrounding mountains.

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Via Ferrata Season: Opening Day is Coming Soon!

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!

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The Inside Scoop on Via Ferrata with Braden Mayfield

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.

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How Adrian Ballinger Brought Via Ferrata to Lake Tahoe, California

World-renown high-altitude mountain guide and Alpenglow Expeditions founder, Adrian Ballinger, has dreamed of bringing via ferrata to his home in Lake Tahoe, California for over a decade.  After finding building his relationship with Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, finding the right team, and building the routes, Tahoe Via Ferrata has finally come to life! 

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Via Ferrata, a New Style of Adventure

Born out of necessity during the World Wars, then developed into an adventurous family activity, Via Ferrata is taking North America by storm.  With only a few Via Ferrata areas currently developed in the continent, more are on the way to satiate America's desire to get outside and access adventure without the decades of experience previously required.  Via Ferrata is truly an experience designed for all, from the novice to the advanced, the sport is appealing to all walks of life.

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