Why Ski with Us?

Why Ski Mount Baker with Alpine Ascents?

We had a fantastic time. Our guides couldn’t have been better. The highlight of the trip was a unique descent route – although there were plenty of other parties on the mountain that day, all parties skied down the ascent route. In contrast, our guides took us down the fall line, a much more scenic ski between ice falls and away from the “crowds.” Great trip, I wouldn’t hesitate to do another trip with AAI. —2021 Climber

Alpine Ascents International has been traveling in the mountains for more than 32 years. In our three decades guiding and instructing, we have utilized every tool available to today’s skier, splitboarder, or aspiring ski/split mountaineer. Alpine Ascents’ heritage includes many trips to truly remote skiing/riding destinations like Greenland, the North Pole, the South Pole, and the Alaska Range.

  • Our instructor team includes AIARE instructors, avalanche forecasters, AMGA ski guides, ski patrollers, IFMGA-certified guides with a broad range of experience
  • We offer convenient weekend courses in world-class backcountry ski terrain near Seattle
  • Gear rentals are available for all Alpine Ascents students

Our world-class instruction covers:

  • How to plan for travel in backcountry terrain utilizing avalanche and weather forecasts, maps and other resources
  • Use and maintenance of backcountry skiing and snowboarding equipment
  • Self-care and layering in the winter backcountry environment
  • Use of beacon, shovel and probe in avalanche rescue
  • Uphill travel techniques including skinning, track setting and kick turns
  • Downhill movement skills for powder skiing and navigating challenging snow conditions
  • Efficiency in transitions between uphill and downhill travel
  • Planning a backcountry descent with team members
  • Reading terrain and finding best snow conditions
  • Ways to spot and avoid common trigger points
  • How to analyze terrain (slope angle, aspect, terrain hazards)
  • Leave No Trace principles and their application in snowy terrain

“This was another great expedition with Alpine Ascents! Every step of the trip was very enjoyable and I had a great time with all of the guides. The guides were very nice and took the time to get to know each member of the group. The food was amazing once again and it is one […]

Mount Baker Climb + Ski Descent BLOG

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