Join the certified guides from SWS Mountain guides, as they lead you on this 3-day skiing camp in California. Learn advanced skills and put them to practice on the amazing slopes of Mount Lassen or Mount Shasta!
Private and Group
Mar, Apr, May
* Learn advanced mountaineering skills in California!
* Practice your new skills on some of the deepest and freshest snow in the state.
* Take in the sublime views out over the mountains.
Join me on this adventure and I will help take your ski mountaineering to the next level, as we indulge in a 3-day ski mountaineering camp in California. We will head to Mount Lassen or Mount Shasta and put to practice the skills we learn during the course.
Over the course of the 3 days, we will be teaching you advanced ski mountaineering skills and techniques in order to increase your confidence and ability to tackle more challenging adventures. Skills covered include assessing and managing snowpack stability, decision-making, entrance management, cornice management, and advanced skiing.
The views from each mountain are jaw-dropping and breath-taking, with the superb and sublime alpine scenery of the Californian countryside stretching out beneath us, and the rest of the mighty Sierra Nevada range looming large above it all. You can find an outline of the itinerary below.
After 3 days you will have gained skills and practice to tackle more challenging adventures. Furthermore, you will have spent 3-days in a unique winter environment with amazing views and runs!
Learn expert ski mountaineering skills in a peaceful, amazing place – book now so you don’t miss out!
- Guiding fee
Price listed is to join a group, please enquire about private guiding. Maximum group size of 6.
On the first day, we will head up to high camp where we will begin with route-finding, efficient track setting as well as deciding how and where to make a winter camp.
Crampon, ice ax, and basic rope techniques. Techniques and tactics for steeper terrain.
Based on what we have learned on days 2 and 3, we will put our skills to practice on an exciting climb and ski objective.
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.
IFMGA | AMGA
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.
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!
Such a difficult, but the most amazing experience! Something you will never forget!
One of the best experiences we ever had. Amazing trip with lots of excitement, challenges and action - all in the most beautiful scenery. Our guide Matt played a crucial role making this trip a life time experience. Hi-fives to Matt and thanks for being the best guide! Best, Gustav and Mikael
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