About Us

Photo: Ming Poon


Our Mission

TBA is a partner and advocate for increasing human-powered backcountry access for everyone.

Strategic Pillars

Strategic Pillar 1: Everyone who wants to partake in winter backcountry adventures has the opportunity and access to do so in a sustainable way.

  • Create three new winter access trailheads with free parking by 2028.
  • Fund and support previous projects, ensuring continued positive community involvement and public access (i.e., Donner Lake Run/West End Parking)
  • Partner with local organizations to ensure public access to popular recreation destinations (i.e., Johnson Canyon plowing)
  • Recruit and cultivate diverse leadership: board, volunteers, etc.
  • Implement a gear library for underserved local youth to utilize free of charge.
  • Maintain and expand program with the Washoe Tribe and their Youth Expedition Program
  • Create a trailhead adoption program to help manage waste at high traffic trailheads.

Strategic Pillar 2: The vast majority of groups visiting the backcountry use a public or car pooling option to access trailheads.

  • TBA will promote recreational microtransit as one of the solutions that will alleviate congestion at winter backcountry trailheads.
  • Work with local policymakers and land managers to facilitate the development of public transportation and carpooling infrastructure that is specifically designed for winter recreation access.
  • Work with local governments to create three park & ride lots that are used for winter recreation. These lots can be used for both, parking to carpool and as pick up/drop off locations for microtransit.
  • Develop incentives for winter recreationists to use public transportation, carpooling or microtransit options to get to winter recreation trailheads. Potential programs include happy hour after the tour and raffles.

Strategic Pillar 3: Ensure long-term financial sustainability for TBA

  • Every backcountry user is a paying TBA member.
    Take the lead on producing winter recreation economic impact reports, including both visitors and residents.
  • >50% of all income generated from public sources.
  • Develop business membership that brings in $20,000 per year.
  • Develop fundraising partners.
  • Increase revenue from diverse funding sources

Board of Directors

Anne Rarick


Anne is a public health professional and splitboarder based in Truckee, CA. Currently working in the field of disaster services, she brings over ten years of non-profit experience to the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance board and is passionate about increasing access to the backcountry while considering the intersectionality and impacts of extreme weather on winter recreation and the social determinants of health. When not exploring the incredible public lands that Tahoe has to offer, Anne loves to read and hang out with her dog Wrinkles.

Anthony Cupaiuolo

Executive Director

Anthony is a long time splitboarder, South Tahoe local, and passionate advocate for public lands access. When not advocating for backcountry access in Tahoe, Anthony is a photographer and filmmaker at First Tracks Productions, where his passion also often intersects with advocacy and stewardship in projects for the National Forest Foundation, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, and Tahoe Rim Trail Association. You may not recognize Anthony on the trail, but you’ll likely recognize his pup, Emmie. That’s ok. He’s used to playing second fiddle to her.

Justin Peverini

Vice President

Justin moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2019 and has been chasing human powered powder turns and corn harvests since 2009. Prior to his arrival to Tahoe, he spent 10 years living in Europe where he was inspired by the ease of access to the backcountry (both education and transportation). His goal by joining TBA is to help educate the next generation of rippers as well as help to disperse recreationalist by providing better access and transport solutions.

Geoff Quine

Geoff learned to ski on the West Shore at six years old and as he grew older learned to hunt and fish. Both sets of experiences were formative and imparted both a deep respect for the natural world and strong sense of stewardship. After college he moved to Tahoe for the outdoor recreation opportunities, vibrant mountain culture and abundant public lands. He hopes TBA’s advocacy to preserve and extend winter recreation access provides the same gifts for others in the community that he’s enjoyed. He has been on the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance board since its inception in 2014. He is a local high school teacher, a member of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue and a race director for Broken Arrow Skyrace.

Rich Meyer

Rich Meyer is a co-founder of the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance and a board member of Winter Wildlands Alliance. Rich has over 20 years of experience guiding clients to mountain peaks around the world. His specialties include Skiing, Climbing and Avalanche Education. Although regularly working and playing in his beloved Sierra, Rich can be found leading trips in places like Alaska, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Alps of Europe, and the volcanoes of Chile & Ecuador.

Ali Agee


Ali is an Avalanche Educator and Backcountry Ski Guide based out of Truckee, CA. She grew up in the Reno/Tahoe area and has always had a strong passion for moving through these mountains. While in school, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Accounting as well as her CPA License, and found herself working for a top accounting firm before moving back to Tahoe. She continued to work in accounting as she began to take Ski Guide Courses through the American Mountain Guides Association as well as professional level avalanche courses, and soon enough, entered the guiding world full time – a perfect outlet to share her passion and expertise by educating backcountry users about critical issues affecting winter backcountry recreation. As the Treasurer of the TBA, she is able to combine her background in accounting with her love for backcountry skiing to help preserve and expand winter access to the places that stoke our souls!

Glen Poulsen

With a 75 year family legacy of advocating for environmental responsibility in the development of winter sports, Glen Poulsen continues to play an active role in promoting sustainable alternatives in winter recreation. A veteran of ski exploration on seven continents, Glen joins the Alliance with a valuable and pragmatic perspective born of years of passion, play and work in all aspects of human powered winter sport around the globe.

Greg Garrison

Having sent the last 10 years working as a Watershed Restoration Engineer throughout Northern California, Greg Garrison and family have landed in the Tahoe Basin. Greg has joined the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance with the goal of improving and preserving winter recreation access for future generations.

Ming Poon

Ming Poon is an adventure sports photographer/director of photography based in Lake Tahoe, California. Passionate about outdoor pursuits, travel and making a difference, Ming is inspired by culture, nature, music, friends and family. Ming’s work has been featured in Teton Gravity Research, Powder Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, Matchstick Productions, Standup Journal, ROAM, Ascent Backcountry Journal, Vermont Life Magazine and a variety of others throughout the globe. His images have also appeared in international commercial campaigns for O’Neill, Jones Snowboards, POC Sports, NOW Bindings, Hestra Gloves, Intuition Liners, Leki Poles and more.

David Anhalt

David works for Peak Design, a company that makes travel and photography gear based out of San Francisco, and also runs the Tahoe Mill Collective, a co-working space with locations in Alpine Meadows and Tahoe City. He can often be found mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter with his wife, Molly, daughter Maddie, and dog, Yuki, out of their home in Alpine Meadows. David’s enthusiasm for backcountry travel and exploration brought him to the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance to help protect and educate people about the wild places we all love.

Photo: Ming Poon