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ASI Guide Certifications

UIAGM/IFMGA is the highest license of Mountain Guiding available anywhere in the world. It is attained by completing the entire certification program of the countries' guides association that has been admitted into the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA). In the U.S., this means completing the highest level of certification in three disciplines, Rock, Alpine and Ski Mountaineering. More info



The AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) is the American Guide Training and Certification Program. It provides training courses and rigorous examinations in three different disciplines including Rock Guide, Alpine Guide and Ski Mountaineering Guide. Any AMGA certification demonstrates that a very high professional standard has been attained through great committment. The AMGA also provides training and certification for rock climbing Top Rope Site Manager/Single Pitch Instructor certification.



PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) provides training and certification exams for Nordic Skiing including Track, Telemark as well as Alpine Skiing, in addition to Snowboarding through the AASI (the snowboard division of PSIA). PSIA Level I is certified to teach beginner skiers and riders. Level II for intermediate and Level III for advanced.



ASI Directors
Mimi Maki Vadasz Mimi Maki-Vadasz
ASI Co-Founder
ASI Adminisrative Director
ASI Rock Guide
ASI Alpine Guide
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Certified
PSIA Level II Nordic & Alpine Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
OEC & CPR Certified
Mt. Everest Summiteer 2003
Bela G. Vadasz Bela G. Vadasz
ASI Co-Founder
ASI Technical Director
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide
AMGA Ski Discipline Coordinator
AMGA Ski & Alpine Instructor/Examiner
AMGA Technical Committee Member
AMGA Lifetime Acheivement Award 2008
PSIA Level III Nordic & Alpine Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Course Instructor
AIARE Education Committee member
WFR & CPR Certified



ASI Guides & Qualifications

What absolutely sets ASI apart is the team of world-class professional guides and instructors. Besides being top-notch skiers, riders and climbers who have contributed to the advancement of their sport, they are highly experienced outdoor educators who are leaders in their field. In addition to their tremendous professional qualifications, they are personable companions in the mountains who care not only for your safety, but quality of experience as well as the learning of life-long skills for you to enjoy.

We are very proud of this exceptional team and think you will appreciate their dedication to providing the best mountain experience possible.

Chris Baumann Chris Baumann
ASI Rock Instructor/Guide
AMGA SPI Certified
AMGA Rock Instructor Course Completion
WFR & CPR Certified
Owner - In Stone
Teaching rock climbing year-round at Donner Pass & Joshua Tree
Eric DesLauriers Eric DesLauriers
ASI Director of Alpine Skiing
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
AMGA Ski Guide Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
EMT1 & CPR Certified
Renowned big mountain skier
Founder of All Mountain Ski Pros
X-Team Clinic Co-founder
Author: "Ski The Whole Mountain"
Erin Laine Erin Laine
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
ASI Rock Guide
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Instructor
ASHI WFR, WFA & CPR Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Level 2
Wilderness EMT & OEC
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Assistant ski guide
Eric Layton Eric Layton
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Certified
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Rock Instructor
AAI Level 3 Certified
CAA Operations Level 1 & 2
CAA Intro to Weather Course
CSGA SGC
CSIA Level 1
AMSG Level II
NOLS WMI 2007-current
LNT Course
Peter Leh Peter Leh
ASI Lead Ski Mountaineering Guide
*with ASI for 30 years
AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Certified
AMGA Ski Guide Instructor/Examiner
PSIA Level III Nordic Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Course Leader
OEC & CPR Certified
Peter Mayfield Peter Mayfield
ASI Rock Climbing Guide
ASI Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Guide
ASI Nordic Ski Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Certified
PSIA Level III Nordic Certified
Previous PSIA-W Nordic Chief Examiner
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
WFR & CPR Certified
Renowned Yosemite and World Cup Competition Sport Climber
Previous Chief Guide - Yosemite Mountaineering School
Founder of City Rock Climbing Gym
Founder of Gateway Mountain Center
Ben Mitchell Ben Mitchell
ASI Rock Climbing Guide
ASI Alpine Climbing Guide
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course Leader
WFR & CPR Certified
Renowned Base Jumper
Doug Nidever Doug Nidever
ASI Eastern Sierra Director
ASI Rock Climbing Senior Guide
ASI Alpine Climbing Senior Guide
ASI Ice Climbing Senior Guide
ASI Ski Mountaineering Senior Guide
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide
AMGA Rock Guide Instructor Examiner
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
WFR & CPR Certified
Previous Chief Guide - Yosemite Mountaineering School
Dave Riggs Dave Riggs
ASI Ski Guide
ASI Rock Climbing Instructor
ASI Alpine Climbing Instructor
AMGA Ski Guide Course Completion
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course Leader
AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Course Instructor
WFR & CPR Certified
Former American Alpine Club Board Member
Davide Sartoni Davide Sartoni
ASI Rock Guide
ASI Alpine Mountaineering Guide
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
ASI Nordic & Telemark Ski Instructor
AMGA SPI Certified
AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Aspirant
AMGA Ski Guide Course Completion
PSIA Level III Nordic Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Course Leader
WFR & CPR Certified
USMC MWTC Master Instructor
Bill Seline Bill Seline
ASI Rock Guide
ASI Alpine Mountaineering Guide
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
ASI Telemark & AT Ski Instructor
ASI Avalanche Education Director
AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Certified
PSIA Level III Nordic Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Course Leader
ASHI WFR & CPR Instructor
Deputy Chief, Truckee Fire Dept.
Jarad Stiles Jarad Stiles
ASI Rock Climbing Instructor/Guide
AMGA SPI Certified
AMGA Rock Guide Course Completion
WFR and CPR Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Qualified
SPRAT and IRATA Level 1 Rope Access Technician Certified
Rich Stull Rich Stull
ASI Rock Climbing Instructor
ASI Youth & Family Rock Director
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course Completion
WFA & CPR Certified
USSA Youth Alpine Ski Coach
Chris Werner Chris Werner
ASI Rock Guide
ASI Alpine Mountaineering Guide
AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide Course Completion
AMGA Ski Guide Course Completion
AIARE Level 2 Qualified
WFR & CPR Certified
Lorenzo Worster Lorenzo Worster
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
ASI Telemark Instructor
AMGA Ski Guide Course Completion
PSIA Level III Telemark Certified
AASI Level 2 Snowboard Certified
AIARE Avalanche Level 3 Certified
WFR & CPR Certified
Renowned Professional Telemark Skier
Sugar Bowl Telemark Ambassador


Trekking/Climbing Sherpa

Geljen Sherpa Geljen Sherpa
ASI Sherpa Guide
Over 50 Himalayan Treks & Expeditions since 1990
Expedition Basecamp Manager
Everest Camp 2 Manager
Trekking Peak Summit Guide
Nepalese Master Chef
WFA & CPR Certified



ASI Aspirant Guide

Tobin Vadasz Tobin Vadasz
ASI Rock Climbing Assistant Instructor
AIARE Level 1
Big Mtn & Freeride Assistant Ski Instructor
WFA & CPR Certified
ARC Life Guard Certified



Associated IFMGA Mountain Guides

ASI works directly with a group of professional colleagues to provide high quality programs with special technical or regional needs.

Matt Farmer Matt Farmer
ASI Rock Guide
ASI Alpine Mountaineering Guide
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
French L'Equivalence Guide de Haute Montagne
Carte Professionelle d'Educateur Sportif
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide
AAA Avalanche Level 3 Certified
WFR & CPR Certified
Peter Leh Kent McBride
ASI Rock Guide
ASI Alpine Mountaineering Guide
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide
AAI Avalanche Level 3 Certified
WFR & CPR Certified
Guiding experience in 18 countries
Jean Pavillard Jean Pavillard
ASI/ATE European Program Coordinator
Swiss American Mountain Guide
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide
Swiss Mountain Guide Certified
Previous AMGA Ski Discipline Coordinator
Previous AMGA Technical Director
Swiss Ski Instructor Certified
AIARE Avalanche Education President
Danny Uhlmann Danny Uhlmann
ASI Rock Guide
ASI Alpine Mountaineering Guide
ASI Ski Mountaineering Guide
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide
WFR & CPR Certified
U.S. Antarctic Program Guide
JSART (Joint Antarctic Search & Rescue Team)
www.firstlightmountainguides.com



Swiss Alpine Ambassador

Kurt Schnider Kurt Schnider
ASI Swiss Alpine Ambassador
Kurt was the first Trip Leader of the ASI Swiss/American Guiding Exchange started in 1981 in the Sierra Nevada and the European Haute Route.



ASI Guides Networking & Referral Service
If we cannot provide a program to fit your schedule or you wish to visit an area we are not permitted to due to government restrictions, we will be happy to offer a referral. Within our network of Certified or regionally qualified guides, we can recommend the most trained, experienced, and personable guides to specifically meet your needs. With so many new guiding companies starting up, referrals are a good way to go.

Private Arrangement
Our professional mountain guides are available for private guiding and instruction throughout the mountains of California and other great ranges of the world. They provide individualized attention at your pace and for your schedule. Call, write or e-mail to discuss possibilities. All programs are directed by a UIAGM-IFMGA Guide.

Authorized Land Use:
USDAASI has met Federal requirements, pays user fees, and has been issued permits to operate in: Tahoe, Inyo, Shasta, Eldorado National Forests, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Denali National Park. Bugaboo, Garibaldi and Robson Provincial Parks, British Columbia, Yamnuska Natural Area and Peter Lougheed Provincial Parks, Alberta, Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks, Canada. Additional UIAGM-IFMGA International Guides reciprocities apply where appropriate. ASI operates on all public land on a non-discriminating basis, maintains a policy of minimum impact use, and remains sensitive to all users interests.

Tipping Your Guide
ASI Guides strive to offer the best possible quality of experience, education and above all...safety to you and your group. It is customary to offer them gratuity for their efforts.
































































































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