Lee Lazzara

    Lee Lazzara

    Senior Guide: Washington, International

    Talk about hitting the jackpot: Lee made the move from suburban New Jersey to the good times and even better snow of Park City at age 16 and has called Utah home ever since. Finding a life in the mountains has taken him through a variety of work – from groveling as a ski resort dishwasher, to learning the mysteries of snow shoveling and hot tub maintenance, finally graduating to the world of ski patrolling and mountain guiding. He comes to Alpine Ascents with years of ski and mountain guiding experience and first ascents in such far flung locations as Utah, Washington and Argentina. He moonlights as a freelance writer, speaks Spanish at a first grade level and plays guitar somewhat well. Lee is also a Pro-Observer for the Northwest Avalanche Center.


    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition…
    Kind of Blue – Miles Davis

    Favorite movie
    The Shinning or Dazed and Confused – can’t decide

    In another life I’d…
    . . . still be on tour with Phish.

    Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
    Life, maybe w/ chocolate milk . . .

    What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
    South Ridge of Iron Mountain in Park City, 50th ascent, fall 1992, w/ Peter Moran

    Significant Ascents

    Mont Blanc-guided ascents via the Gouter and Trois Monts route
    Matterhorn- guided ascents via Hornli Ridge
    Mt Rainier – guided ascents, many routes
    Mt Baker – guided ascents, many routes
    Mt Shuksan – guided ascents, many routes
    The Tooth (5.4) – Central Cascades, WA
    Beckey’s Wall (5.7) – Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
    The Crucifix (5.12b) – Yosemite, CA
    Northwest Couloir – Shuksan – ski descent
    Classic Crack (5.8+) – Leavenworth, WA – solo ascent
    Diedre (5.7) – Squamish, BC
    Carlsberg Column (WI5) – Canadian Rockies
    Mt Saint Helens – ski descent
    Dragontail – Serpentine Arête (IV 5.8) – Stuart Range, WA – guided ascen


    IFMGA Certified Guide
    AMGA Certified Rock Guide
    AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
    AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
    Wilderness First Responder/CPR
    Avalanche Level III
    US Dept. Justice/ATF – Approved Explosives Handler
    Leave No Trace Trainer

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