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Mimi Vadasz
Adminstrative Director
AMGA Certified
Ski Mountaineering Guide

Bela G. Vadasz
Technical Director
IFMGA Certified Guide

Member School

What a Winter!
It was back to normal, like the good old ASI days. We had several Huge storms, long strings of powder days, then plenty of California sunshine in between. Overall, a great season with over 125% of normal as of the March 1 snow totals.

Spring in the High Sierra & Mt. Shasta
Spring is skiing's second season in California!

An abundant snowpack of well consolidated snow, warm day-time tempuratures, yet freezing night-time temps creating the perfect equilibrium to produce the legendary corn snow skiing at the higher elevations...the snow that makes us all ski like heros.

There is nothing like longer, extended tours in the high country with long days, short tent time at night, just enough for a great night's sleep and a great ski adventure in the incredible High Sierra in spring, on skis!

These trips are like time capsules. They make time stand still, providing memories for a lifetime!

Put on your shorts on those nice warm spring days, but come back for one more great ski in the high country. You'll be glad you did.

Ski The Sierra High Route
The incredible Trans-Sierra ski route crossing the magnificent "Range of Light".

With today's great gear, this route is now much more than just a great ski backpacking trip. We provide lots of great skiing options along the way. These optional side-trips are sometimes from camp and sometimes en-route where we can drop packs, grab snow safety gear and ski the best snow. Or, if you choose to sit one out, we'll dig a comfortable mountain lounger in the snow and you can work on your golden California tan.

ASI Senior Guides, Peter Leh and Geoff Clarke have put together incredible variations in both directions, at times skiing as much as 21,000 vertical feet along the route when the interest is there.

When you ski the High Route with ASI, the quality of experience is based on 28 years of guiding the route with 44 crossings. Come join us for an incredible ski adventure of a lifetime!

Upcoming Spring Programs
There is lots of good energy and interest in Spring Tours in the Sierra this year.

Sugar Bowl to Squaw Valley
Mar 15-17, 2008
Mar 22-23, 2008
Mar 29-30, 2008

Spring 1 & 2 Day Tours
April - May

Spring Multi-Day Tours:

Alpine Col Loop    3 Day
Apr 28 - May 1, 2008

The Evolution Loop    5 Day
Apr 21-25, 2008

Sierra High Route    6 Day
May 3-8, 2008

Shasta Hidden Valley Basecamp    3 Day
May 17-19, 2008
May 24-26, 2008

Spring Steep Camps:

Mt. Shasta Steeps    2 Day
May 3-4, 2008
May 10-11, 2008

Buttermilk Camp, Hwy 395    2 Day
Apr 26-27, 2008

Palisades Ski Extreme    4 Day
May 17-20, 2008

Skiing Grand Tours:

European Haute Route  *Full
Apr 20-26, 2008

Bernese Oberland
May 3-10, 2008

Valdez Ski Mountaineering  *1 Spot
Apr 25-29, 2008

Recent Programs
Mt. Shasta, Casaval Ridge

Logan Talbot and team Logan Talbottascended Mt. Shasta in winter. Logan lead a group to a successful winter ascent of the Casaval Ridge Route over the President's Day weekend. The road to Bunny Flat just got plowed in time to give them access to the trailhead at the start of the climb.

They climbed to 10,800' for their high camp. After setting up their Black Diamond Guiding Light tentMt. Shasta, Casaval Ridge, the team of 3 hung their Bivy stove, brewed-up and went to sleep early. Very early in the morning with a pre-dawn start, they climbed the spectacular ridge and summitted by late morning and returned back to highcamp for a second night before descending the third morning. Congratulations to them for a successful and safe ascent!

Mt. Shasta Casaval Ridge    3 Day
Apr 26-28, 2008   New Date

AMGA Contract Ski Guide Course
Bela Vadasz and Howie Schwartz, the two AMGA Ski Program Coordinators Mt. Laurelteamed up to produce a super high-level 12-day course to train professional ski guides. This course, the first step in the AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide certification process, began in the Tahoe area. It then moved to the Mammoth area on the East Side of the Sierra to a link-up of skyline peaks and ski descents near Bishop in the high country.

It was a very successful program that ran full with 10 Howie Schwartz aspiring guides receiving state-of-the-art AMGA Guide Training. Several of the candidates will continue on to the Ski Mountaineering Guide Course and aspirant exam then, after more training and practice, will go on to their AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Certification Exam. Aspiring guides should look forward to next year's course.

Summer is just around the corner. Plan ahead to join us for great programs including:

Rock climbing at Donner Pass & Lover's Leap

Summit climbs of Mt. Shasta & Mt. Whitney

Classic alpine, rock and snow/ice routes in the High Sierra

Alpine classics in the European Alps

Many new and exciting summer climbs will be posted soon on ASI's website.

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