Ski Mountaineering Guide
Bela G. Vadasz
IFMGA Certified Guide
|May 6, 2017
What a Season!
We will be skiing into June this year! We just finished our double Sierra High Route, one group going east to west and the other one west to east. The word is so much snow up there!!
Tip for Spring:
Some to Mt Shasta. We will have our guide, Erin Laine up there all of May,
so if you are thinking mid-week privates, we can accommodate you. Or join us for one of our weekend trips. The conditions are good up there and May should be fantastic.
SPRING SKI MOUNTAINEERING ON MT SHASTA
Mt Shasta Ski Rendezvous (no camping, just skiing)
There are very few places in the world that offer the length and variety of ski descents that Mt. Shasta offers. On a clear day you can see more than 100 miles in every direction from the summit, and theoretically, you can ski in any direction for over 7,000 vertical feet.
Spend two full days of skiing without the camping. With all the snow this year, this is a great option.
May 13-14, 2017
Mt Shasta Steeps
This is the year to ski the steeps on Shasta. Lots of snow and really filled in.
We will tour in to the relatively easily accessible camp known as 50/50, between Horse Camp and Helen Lake on the standard route that climbs Shasta. The camp is surrounded by fantastic ski bowls for some warm-up runs. The following morning we'll climb to ski the steep Trinity Chutes, north of the standard route. They provide skiing in the 40° plus range. This route is for no-fall, steep skiers who understand the consequences of serious descents.
May 20-21, 2017
Hidden Valley Basecamp
This is our favorite tour because we camp at Hidden Valley, which keeps us away from the crowds, putting us in perfect postion to climb and ski one of Shasta's longest, sustained pitches, or the option to ski off Shastina as well. This 3-day trip may be the bowl skier's and rider's dream of all time. From Bunny Flat we tour a day to the base camp location in beautiful Hidden Valley. From our camp there are nearby bowls as well as options to climb Shastina and Shasta itself providing endless opportunities for everyone. Early in the trip we clinic in techniques, including the ice axe, ski & boot crampons and review the use of avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels.
The Option to take the three days and do a summit ascent and descent.
May6-9, 2017 Full
May 27-29, 2017
SPRING SKI MOUNTAINEERING EAST SIDE OF SIERRA
s in the world that offer the length and variety of ski descents that Mt. Shasta offers. On a clear day you can see more than 100 miles in every direction from the summit, and theoretically, you can ski in any direction for over 7,000 vertical feet.
We'll meet in Bishop the evening before and shuttle to the trailhead for a good early start the next morning. We'll drive in as far as snowline permits to climb and ski the 40° Wahoo Gully of Mt. Locke. From a car camp with lounge chairs, coolers and Coleman stove, we'll rest before the next days climb and ski the Clyde Couloir on Mt. Emerson, again about 40° in slope angle.
May 20-21, 2017
Got First Aid Skills?
Have you ever wondered what you would do if someone in your group broke their leg skiing or your climbing partner was struck in the head by a rock? Every backcountry skiing, climbing or mountaineering group should have people trained in wilderness first aid skills because it's only a matter of time in before you will need to put them into use in the backcountry.
Wilderness First Aid - WFA & CPR
This entry level, 2-day (18 hour)
July 15-16, 2017
Get ready for the Climbing Season
Make it your turn this summer for the best climb just right for you and your ability. Join us on Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney, in the High Sierra or Rock Climbing at Donner Pass or Lover's Leap.
ROCK CLIMBING SPECIALS
One to Four People
Family or Friends Rock Climbing Special
With the low snow pack on the south faces we can start our climbing season early. Get a group of 1 to 4 and come for our Half-Day specials at $269, includes all gear.
Starting May 18th and running all season. You pick the date and either a morning session (8:30am) or afternoon session (1pm). Additional people above 4 are only $69 each.
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We look forward to skiing or climbing with you and helping you achieve your goals. If you can't find the answer to a question on our website, don't hesitate to give us a call.
Mimi Maki-Vadasz - ASI Director
Alpine Skills International