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Mimi Vadasz
Adminstrative Director
AMGA Certified
Ski Mountaineering Guide

Bela G. Vadasz
Technical Director
IFMGA Certified Guide

  April 23, 2009

Friends of ASI
When spring hits California, it hits fast, feeling more like summer. That sensation is magnified when winter still coats mountain shoulders. The contrast is delightful, allowing you to revel in the warmth of the valleys, or enjoy balmy temperatures in the mountains. That also makes it the perfect time to head up to Mt. Shasta.

One of the beauties of Mt. Shasta is the ability to experience a big mountain from every conceivable angle, whether that means points of a compass, or the goals and style of adventure on its flanks. Most trailheads open some time in May and conditions are prime for mountaineering and skiing.

For skiers, the snow pack is at maximum depth, and corn conditions dominate. That makes for easy ascents, and superb skiing. A storm or two usually keeps the surface of snow on the mountain fresh.

For mountaineers, spring conditions mean favorable weather and greater summit chances than earlier in the year. With reliable access from trailheads all around the mountain, you can chose the type of climb you want, from simple and straightforward up the standard Avalanche Gulch route, to mixed climbing on Casaval Ridge, or glacier travel up the Hotlum or Whitney glaciers.

Mt. Shasta is impressive by many standards. It is tall (14,162'), massive (it is the largest volcano in the Cascade range) and solitary. When you stand atop Shasta's summit, there is nothing within your field of view that is higher. Nothing!

Come join us for a trip up this remarkable mountain soon. You won't regret it.

Climb Mt. Shasta
Despite how easy Shasta is to reach, it remains a formidable climb. Perfect for honing your skills to climb big mountains around the world, or for those simply yearning to experience the thrill that comes from reaching the top of a big peak. After we've helped you to the summit, you'll look on adversity with a fresh perspective.

Shasta Summit Climb
May 16-17, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
May 23-24, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
May 30-31, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
June 6-7, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
June 8-9, 2009   (Mon-Tue)
June 13-14, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
June 20-21, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
July 4-5, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
July 6-7, 2009   (Mon-Tue)
July 11-12, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
July 13-14, 2009   (Mon-Tue)
July 18-19, 2009   (Sat-Sun)
July 25-26, 2009   (Sat-Sun)

Ski Mt. Shasta
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. Our favorite tour is to camp away from the crowds at Hidden Valley. This puts us in perfect postion to climb and ski one of Shasta's longest, sustained pitches, or the option to ski off Shastina as well. Or, join us on our Steep Camp for the finest descents Shasta offers.

Shasta Steeps
May 2-3, 2009  (Sat-Sun)
May 9-10, 2009  (Sat-Sun)

Hidden Valley Basecamp
May 16-18, 2009 (Sat-Mon)
May 23-25, 2009 (Sat-Mon Memorial Weekend)

We look forward to skiing 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.

Bela & Mimi Vadasz
Alpine Skills International

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