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Alpenglow Mountain Festival returns to Tahoe and Truckee Saturday

The Alpenglow Mountain Festival offers several backcountry tours designed to introduce newbies to the sport in a safe and comfortable environment.

An annual celebration of winter mountain sports returns to Tahoe and Truckee on Saturday.

The Alpenglow Mountain Festival kicks off with a day packed full of outdoor fun.

What, you ask, is Alpenglow Mountain Festival?

Named after the Tahoe City-based gear shop, the festival "is a nine-day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically acclaimed films and more," per the Alpenglow Mountain Festival website.

"Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer — backcountry skiing and splitboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, natural history, yoga, live music, educational workshops, social gatherings and more."

This year's festival, which runs from Feb. 16-24, includes more than 75 events, most of which are free but require a deposit intended to maximize participation.

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Basically, if you attend the events you registered for then you get your deposit back. Pull a "no show" and no deposit. (All deposits will be refunded by Feb. 27.)

Other events are ticketed or don't require registration.

Throughout the nine days the festival offers a range of events from beginner backcountry tours to group yoga to avalanche safety classes.

Many of the offerings are already at capacity — visit http://www.alpenglowsports.com/mtfestregistration to check availability.

If you go …

What: Alpenglow Mountain Festival

When: Feb. 16-24

Where: Multiple locations

Tickets: Varies

Info: http://www.alpenglowsports.com