Alpine Skills International

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America’s premier backcountry ski and mountaineering school and guide service based at Lake Tahoe and servicing the High Sierra, Alaska, the Alps and the Himalaya.

Welcome to America’s original all conditions, all terrain rock and alpine climbing and ski mountaineering program!

The ASI program was carefully planned and developed by Bela G. Vadasz & Mimi Maki-Vadasz during undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Recreation and Outdoor Education at San Francisco State University. After years of teaching and program planning through university and continuing education programs they began what is now the ASI program in 1979.

In the past two and a half decades, through continued professional development and association with distinguished colleagues, programs have evolved and have been refined to the existing state-of-the-art program. Much experience has been gained not only from training and certification but from climbing, skiing and guiding throughout many of the greatest ranges of the world. Since the beginning, ASI has made the commitment to blend the best from American outdoor educational values with progressive techniques of climbing and high mountain skiing that are practiced by the most accomplished alpinists throughout the world.

To this day, now 30 years after the beginning of ASI, the educational ideals that the program was founded on remain paramount to work with people who are interested in becoming experts in the mountains. Whether it’s on skis, boots or crampons, to adopt the experiences the mountains have to offer is a part of life as well as a lifestyle.

We welcome you to join us and be a part of the original all-mountain program that visits the depth and meaning of the experiences the mountain world has to offer.

Find the Spirit of the Alpinist…Then let the spirit set you free!

-Bela G. Vadasz & Mimi Maki-Vadasz

Place Categories: Mountaineering Guides, Outdoor Instructional Guides, and Rock Climbing Guides.Place Tags: alpine touring, avalanche training, backcountry skiing, climbing school, courses, education, European Haute Route, instruction, Mt. Sh, randonee, rock climbing instruction, Sierra High Route, and telemark.

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  1. Jon S., Apr 28, 2014 - Alpine Skills International

    I took the intro to Snow Climbing. Tim Dobbins was our guide and he took us up to Donnor Pass Peak, or right below that area. It was a great class. It has just snowed about 10 inches the night before but we made the best of it. Tim is very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend them for any type of climbing, back packing or hiking. They know their stuff.

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