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canyon time

By ccrossen | May 10, 2021

Much-needed trip back to the Canyonlands. Very low water this year throughout the four corners area. Make sure you do your research on reliable water sources, weather/rain, or be prepared to carry a lot of weight.

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sierra avy center donation tee

By ccrossen | May 10, 2021


Avy centers have been working overtime – huge increase in user-base, lots of interesting conditions this past year, and ever-present funding issues require our help. Alpenglow Expeditions released this shirt to help support the Sierra Avalanche Center. The idea for this shirt was to create a wearable art piece that represents the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe area that we know and love. Made from comfortable jersey knit cotton, this shirt looks great and helps support a non-profit organization we cannot live without.

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alpenglow sports + chris crossen

By ccrossen | May 8, 2021

Alpenglow Sports Debuts New Local Artist Initiative

 Tahoe City, CA: Community-centric mountain shop Alpenglow Sports is pleased to announce the launch of their fourth Local Artist Initiative. This collaborative play showcases the limited edition print “High Sierra,” from Truckee-based artist Chris Crossen. Created especially for Alpenglow Sports, short and long sleeve shirts with Crossen’s design are now available for sale exclusively in the store and at

Now in its fourth year, the local artist initiative was created to support North Lake Tahoe and Truckee artists through a mutually beneficial partnership. The concept is simple: work with a local, hand-picked artist, print their exclusive work on comfortable and good-looking apparel, and give the artist a portion of each sale.

The first Local Artist Initiative debuted in winter of 2016, featuring a mountain design by artist and Tahoe native Brian Orr. In winter of 2017, for the second Local Artist Initiative, Alpenglow chose a design by artist Bryn Merrell featuring a colorful interpretation of the Mt. Whitney massif. Last year, in winter of 2018/2019, another design by Merrell was chosen for Local Artist Initiative 3.0 titled, ‘A Skintrack Mind’.

According to Alpenglow owner Brendan Madigan, who came up with the concept after seeing amazing community art work in Provincetown, Massachusetts, “We do a phenomenal job of showcasing athletic feats in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. This is a way of life for many of us and what originally drew us to Lake Tahoe. However, I think Alpenglow, as a 40-year-old community staple, has a deeper responsibility to our community. The Local Artist Initiative is our effort to highlight art and culture in the same fashion as we do skiing and climbing, all while helping support the good work of a local artist. We feel that art in any context plays a vital role in adding value to the fabric of our communities and that by highlighting it we can add a little more of that goodness to the world.”

Chris Crossen comes from a family of artists and is primarily self-taught. He started painting during downtime on various expeditions and while working in the Canyonlands. Currently, he paints in a wooden shed stuffed with surfboards, paddle boards, wetsuits, leashes, broken fly rods, a small drum kit, and thousands of watercolor paintings. He has been exploring the Tahoe backcountry since the extraordinarily dry winter of 1991/92, (when the Toute Neige was still considered high tech) and has never looked back.

For all four years of the initiative, a quote from Marc Chagall has been particularly pertinent, “Great art picks up where nature ends.” If you are a local artist in the Tahoe area and would like to collaborate with Alpenglow Sports for the Local Artist Initiative 5.0 or in another capacity, please contact the shop at

Short and long sleeve tee shirts, as well as hats in multiple colors with Crossen’s “High Sierra, California” design are now available in the shop and online at

About Chris Crossen:

Chris Crossen is an artist and writer based in Truckee, California. Inspired by landscapes, wilderness, and environmental change around the world, his work employs elemental forms and experiments with perception, patterns, randomness, and natural processes. His pieces are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Some of his art projects include work for O’Neill, Jones Snowboards, and the Sierra Avalanche Center. Crossen spends as much time as possible outside with his wife, Reini and two sons, Calder and Ansel. Visit his website, to view more of his work.

About Alpenglow Sports:

Alpenglow Sports is an original California Mountain Shop that for over 40 years has provided locals and visitors with inspiration, local knowledge, and the best equipment to enjoy the great outdoors. Based in Tahoe City, Alpenglow Sports takes pride in being community-minded and socially and environmentally responsible to ensure Lake Tahoe stays one of the best places to play, visit, and live in California.  For additional information, please contact Brendan Madigan at Alpenglow Sports, 530.583.6917, or

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high and dry start

By ccrossen | October 24, 2019

Now that we’ve entered the storm window, and we keep our eyes peeled to the North, it’s looking like a pretty dry start – until at least mid-November until any systems start rolling through for Tahoe. After a colder-than-normal September and October, where we did see some dustings on the ridges, we do not expect any precipitation for awhile. The seasonal NOAA forecast calls for average to drier than average precipitation this winter, but this is a long-range, open-ended forecast that merely provides some sort of guidance. We do not expect any sort of El Nino- or La Nina-related events to develop, which leaves a lot unknown when it comes to Sierra snowfall.

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming have all seen significant snowfall already; just need it to keep snowing and prevent any earl-season bad layers from developing. Tahoe has areas where snow early season snow and left-overs from last season are lingering, so make sure you keep on top of where those are – up high, N facing.


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By ccrossen | January 31, 2019

Big snow coming our way this weekend, Friday night through Monday night. 2-4 at lake level and 7-8 feet up high.

Two storms are expected to move through the area this weekend, causing messy travel conditions through early next week. The first storm (Friday evening-Saturday) will bring heavy snow to the Sierra and mainly rain to the valleys. There is a possibility this rain could change to snow on Monday morning, but accumulations are not expected. Rain could be heavy at times, so be aware of possible flooding concerns. A second storm will move through Sunday-Monday evening. This second storm will be colder and there is a higher chance of accumulating valley snow, but it is still too early to pinpoint amounts. That being said, both morning and evening commute problems are possible Monday.

It’s important to note that a definite break in between the two systems in which to head over the passes is not expected. So, complete travel over the Sierra by sunset on Friday or put it off until Tuesday, if you can.

220 PM PST Thu Jan 31 2019


* CHANGES…Increased snow amounts, and extended through Monday

* WHAT…Heavy snow and gusty winds expected. Total snow
accumulations of 2 to 4 feet at lake level, except 3 to 6 feet
above 7000 feet expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph
Sunday afternoon into Monday with gusts to 100 mph over
ridges. A period of blizzard conditions is possible Sunday
night into Monday.

* WHERE…Greater Lake Tahoe Area.

* WHEN…From 4 PM Friday to 10 PM PST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult to
impossible. The hazardous conditions will impact commuting and
ski resort travel. Very strong winds could cause extensive
tree damage.

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