Ski & Avalanche Programs

Alpine Ascents Backcountry Ski and Avalanche Education Programs

Alpine Ascents backcountry ski programs and avalanche education courses operate in the North Cascades, Snoqualmie Pass, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.  Our programs consists of highly specialized training courses designed for individuals who desire to become competent backcountry travelers.  Alpine Ascents offers a variety of programs for all abilities and mode of backcountry winter travel.  Our low ratio courses taught by top ski and backcountry travel guides will provide high level instruction while enjoying the wilderness experience in a winter wonderland.   Alpine Ascents is proud to offer backcountry ski courses, private instruction, and ski descents of Cascade Volcanoes, Mount Baker and Mount Adams.

Alpine Ascents and AIARE – American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education

Alpine Ascents is proud to partner with The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) to provide avalanche education courses. AIARE is a nonprofit established in 1998 specializing in development of avalanche education curriculum. AIARE’s mission is to save lives through education for recreationalists and professionals.  Our instructors are certified by AIARE to teach avalanche education.  Alpine Ascents is proud to offer AIARE Rescue Course, AIARE Level 1, and AIARE Level 2

 

I loved this course. My goal was to become an asset on a rope team instead of a liability, and create a solid foundation of skills to build upon to continue my growth in mountaineering. I feel that I have achieved this. It was great we were able to summit both Baker and Rainier, but […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Guide Trip Report: Denali Traverse

    by Sam Hennessey Climbing in the Alaska Range in late spring sometimes feels like stepping into another world. The endless daylight, and the sheer contrast of Denali towering over the rest of the state gives it an atmosphere like no other. For the last decade, Michael Gardner and I have stared down from the upper […]

  • Epic Climbs That Might Not Be on Your Radar

    ‘Twas the night before Rainier dates were released, when all through the land Many a climber was stirring, contemplating high altitude plans so grand Their crampons were placed in the gear bin with care In hopes to use them on Rainier in weather so fair My timer was set for the exact release time To […]

  • Dear Alpine Ascents: Backcountry Quilts

    Hey Alpine, I’m headed out to Washington in mid-September for a 6-day course (stoked) and I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about backcountry quilts.  Apparently all the cool-kid alpinists are using them.  Can I bring one on my course? Sincerely, Steve House in Training  Hi Steve House in Training, Thanks for reaching out […]

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Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
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