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1-day Ski mountaineering clinic at the Bear Valley Ski Resort in California

Bear Valley Ski Resort

Come and join one of our mountain guides for a full-day ski mountaineering clinic at the beautiful Bear Valley Ski Resort in California.

Private and Group

Sierra Nevada (California)

1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Dec




  • Enjoy a full-day ski mountaineering clinic at the Bear Valley Ski Resort.
  • Learn or review a number of important skills and techniques.
  • Enjoy fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.


A gorgeous ski resort, the Bear Valley resort is a great place to spend a day and enjoy the slopes.

Filled with fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, you will get to admire the scenery from a number of great vantage points through the Bear Valley Ski Resort. Furthermore, this trip is about more than just fun, there is also an educational element as well. Over the course of 6 to 8 hours, you will learn a great deal about ski mountaineering.

A thrilling outdoor activity that combines ski touring and mountaineering, ski mountaineering is perfect for people who are adventurers at heart. However, like any physically demanding outdoor activity, especially those that involve mountains, it is important to learn the fundamentals.

A few examples of what you will learn, or review, during this clinic includes the use of skins, efficient track setting, techniques for uphill terrain, techniques for skiing on steeper terrain, and much more.

Participants on this trip must be able to ski or snowboard at an advanced level. 

If you are looking to properly prepare yourself for future ski mountaineering expeditions, this clinic is for you. To join us for this full-day trip at the Bear Valley Ski Resort, please send a request.

We also offer another full-day ski mountaineering clinic on Mount Shasta.


Meeting point

Bear Valley, California

About the guide

Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.




Mount Shasta, California

What people are saying about SWS Mountain Guides

Loren Sweet


September, 2022

Had an amazing experience! What memories but must be honest, we were in over our head. Feel we were physically up to it but we went from sea level to 10,000 feet in 30 hours and it was a challenge to keep up. Some time to acclimate would have made a big difference. The guides were careful and supportive. We were outside our comfort zone for sure but also realize that made it so memorable! Thanks Loren

Jon Niswander


July, 2022

Life changing experience!!

Rising Percey


May, 2022

Our guides took 27 of us, all of different skill level and age range 12- 50. We all loved it! Professional, friendly, helpful and highly skilled. I highly recommend them.

Magdalena Bucka


April, 2022

This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!

Ken Manabe


February, 2022

The hike was great and I got exactly I wanted.

Kendra Grubb


August, 2021

Excellent experience with my guide Ben and SWS. Was able to summit Mt Whitney via the mountaineer’s route thanks to Ben’s understanding of the mountain and assessment of my capabilities. Great experience that exceeded my expectations.

Oz Pena


June, 2021

Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.

Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 387 Each

Group of 2

USD 232 Each

Group of 3

USD 232 Each

Group of 4

USD 232 Each

Group of 5

USD 191 Each

Group of 6

USD 191 Each

Group of 7

USD 191 Each

Group of 8

USD 191 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

We run open groups on weekends and private guiding on weekdays.



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