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Mt. Shasta ski mountaineering clinic on Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge, or Green Butte Ridge

Mt. Shasta ski mountaineering clinic on Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge, or Green Butte Ridge | undefined

Join one of our experienced mountain guides for a full day ski mountaineering clinic on various spots of the beautiful Mount Shasta peak in California.

Sierra Nevada (California)

1 Day

Jan - Jun, Dec




* Enjoy a full-day ski mountaineering clinic on Mount Shasta in California.

* Choose from different spots on the peak, including Avalanche Gulch.

* Perfect for experienced skiers who want to progress to ski mountaineering.


Join a unique ski mountaineering clinic on Mount Shasta (14,179 feet) and learn everything you need to go on unforgettable winter adventures!

If you are an experienced skier who is interested in the descents on Mount Shasta, it is important to be familiar with the necessary ski mountaineering equipment and skills to do so. On this full-day clinic, we will provide you with a full review of the necessary ski mountaineering equipment, we will also assist you and evaluate you on your backcountry skiing techniques, and offer you plenty of expert tips and advice. Furthermore, you will get to enjoy this clinic on various spots on Mount Shasta including Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge, or the Green Butte Ridge.

This clinic is designed to give you practical instruction in all of the skills necessary to enjoy an unforgettable ski mountaineering experience on Mount Shasta. However, it is important that participants can ski or snowboard at an advanced or expert level. You should also be in good physical shape.

Come and join us on this amazing 1-day ski mountaineering clinic on Mount Shasta and gain all the experience you need to go on unforgettable adventures! We look forward to guiding you!

We also offer a full-day ski mountaineering clinic at the Bear Valley Ski Resort.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

You can join an open group of weekends or enquire about private guiding on weekdays.

About the guide

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Mountain 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.





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What people are saying about SWS



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.



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!


Had an amazing experience climbing Mt. Whitney with Richard & Tim. They were excellent guides and safely got us to the summit and back.


Neil from SWS was amazing. We climbed the Mountaineering Route up to Mt. Whitney. It was an amazing experience. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I leaned a lot. I would absolutely use these guys again.


Too bad this review does not allow six stars. SWS is professional, client focused, flexible, and has the clients best interests in mind. I can say the personnel and leadership skills of the SWS guides are among the best. You can't go wrong with SWS.

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