Hans Solmssen is a Swiss trained, American born, mountain guide living in Verbier, Switzerland. He guides his clients backcountry skiing in winter and mountaineering in the summer. Many of his clients are repeat clients with whom he has been sharing experiences together for over 20 years.
Hans was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. Helping his father break horses as soon as he could walk certainly helped him acquire a taste of adventure. Hans left the Hawaiian islands to attend JSC in northern Vermont and discovered winter. Majoring in Urban and Environmental planning increased his desire to explore the outdoors, and with the ski slopes of northern Vermont in his back yard, the addiction to winter skiing and ice climbing and summer rock climbing set in.
Hans moved to Verbier, Switzerland in 1983. Some of his climbing partners were local guides and encouraged him to enter the Swiss Mountain Guide’s Training program. He began his first course in the winter of ’91 and received his UIAGM status two and a half years later.
Hans is passionate about his guiding and sharing these alpine and maritime experiences with his clients. Over the years, they have become very close friends and through mutual confidence, are able to extend their reach further and further into the mountains. Hans’s approach through cognitive behavioral coaching, heightens these shared experiences and enables us to enjoy all our life experiences to their fullest.
Yes, thoroughly enjoyed the expedition. Great climbing, terrific guides, beautiful places in the Alps. The guides were very technically proficient, generally patient and open and honest about the entire experience. They explained a lot, either during or after and certainly answer all of our questions honestly.