Mountain Adventure Seminars

Skiing and Snowboarding

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If your an aspiring backcountry skier or snowboarder, or simply want to raise your ability to the next level, MAS/SWS has a course for you.  Telemark ski lessons are held at Bear Valley Mountain as well as Sidecountry courses.  Backcountry courses operate in Bear Valley, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, Eastern Sierra Nevada and with our sister company California Ski Guides.  Regardless of location, course participants can expect professional, experienced guides and friendly instruction, the best areas in California.

Sidecountry Skiing & Snowboarding
MAS/SWS and Bear Valley Mountain have collaborated to offer an exciting and unique experience for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Small guided groups utilizing the Bear Tracker Snowcat, chairlifts and gravity fed traverses, gain access to “sidecountry” terrain adjacent including “The Zones” adjacent to the ski area for great uncrowded and often untracked slopes.

Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
MAS/SWS offers a variety of backcountry ski and snowboard tours at some of the finest areas in California. Whether you are looking for an educational course, a one-day tour or snowcat excursion or a longer and more demanding adventure, MAS can provide “top-notch” backcountry experiences for both skiers and snowboarders.

Bear Tracker Snowcat Ski Adventures

The Bear Tracker Snowcat is a specially outfitted snowcat which transports up to 8 people into terrain adjacent to the ski resort that is often “closed” own or inconvenient to access.  These areas usually have some the of the best, and untracked, snow conditions at the resort.  The convenience of having a professional guide lead you to the best snow, and a snowcat greet you at the bottom of a run is unmatched.  Space is limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended

Bear Tracker Snowcat Adventures are available for Private Groups as well, just give us a call – 888-797-6867!

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Bear Valley Ski Backcountry Adventures

Intermediate to advanced skier and riders are welcome!

Hire a MAS/SWS guide to lead you and your group into the surrounding backcountry terrain of Bear Valley Mountain Resort. Bear Valley is extremely fortunate to have a wide variety of backcountry terrain (intermediate-advanced) that is designated for non-motorized travelers. Open bowls, scenic ridges and tree glades will provide for a memorable experience. Join experienced MAS/ SWS guides to find the best snow and bring home memories of wild views, sweet turns, and big smiles.

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 The Zones Ski Adventure

Strong advanced to expert skiers or splitboards are welcome!

An exciting adventure program is intended for strong advanced and expert skiers seeking great snow, thrills and off the track skiing and riding. Small guided groups enter a “closed” area known as “The Zones” with steep chutes, open bowls, and descents of up to 1000 vertical feet. While no hiking is required, a high traverse makes it difficult for snowboarders except on Splitboards.

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Keep your eyes on the website as we hope to offer Zones Ski Adventure when the snow is at it’s BEST!

Ski Mountaineering Clinics – Bear Valley

Telemark Skiers & Snowboarders welcome!
Join SWS Mountain Guides for a one-day ski mountaineering clinic on the flanks of the Bear Valley Ski Resort. Designed as a pre-course for those attempting or interested in MAS/SWS  Mt. Shasta two-day ski descents with excellent alpine skiing skills but are unfamiliar with Ski Mountaineering equipment. Instruction includes; full review of ski mountaineering equipment, the use of skins, efficient track setting, expertise and techniques for technical uphill terrain, techniques for skiing steeper terrain safely. An evaluation of backcountry skiing techniques with suggested adjustments to technique, tips, and coaching.  Our clinic is designed to give you practical instruction in all the necessary skills you will need to ski Mt. Shasta safely and efficiently with a MAS/SWS guide. Whether you are skiing on your own or join one of our Shasta Ski Descents, this clinic is the perfect compliment/refresher for the ski descent.

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Introduction to Ski Mountaineering – Mt. Lassen & Mt. Shasta

Lassen-Ca-Steep-Ski-updatedRun in two different venues our Introduction to Ski Mountaineering Course is one of the most popular trips we offer.  This three-day course is designed to teach basic skills necessary to climb and ski in more complex terrain.  Just as touring provides an excellent method for getting around on the snow tools such as a rope, ice ax and crampons can open up a huge variety of ski and snowboard options in the greater mountains.

On day one the group will tour up and establish a high camp to provide ample opportunity to work on our skills in the new terrain.  The first days learning focus will be proper route finding, efficient track setting as well as deciding how and where to make a winter camp.  All of these are fundamental skills for the ski or snowboard mountaineer.

On day 2 of the Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course, the focus will start with skills for the more technical uphill terrain.  These include crampon, ice ax, and basic rope techniques.   We then move into the most fun part of the course working on techniques and tactics for skiing steeper terrain safely.   All of these skills developed on day one, and two will put you to the test on day three with a climb and ski objective.

Lassen National Park:  Don’t be fooled by Lassen Peaks lower altitude.  Ski Objectives in Lassen are shorter but offer a great variety of terrain and difficulty.  The smaller scale allows for more accessibility and more laps.   Additionally, Lassen offers the advantage of fewer winter users and one of California’s deepest snow packs.

Mt. Shasta Backcountry: Though Avalanche Gulch is considered a classic it isn’t the only great route that Mt. Shasta has to offer.  The West Face, the Hotlum Bolum Ridge, the Wintun Snowfield, and the East Face all offer unique challenges, fantastic lines, and their varying degree challenge.

For private and custom groups taking the Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course a carryover and ski descent of the North-side can be arranged as well.   For the backcountry adventurers who are in excellent condition and desire an extraordinary ski adventure! Give us a call at 888.797.6867 to discuss current conditions and design your custom ski descent of Mt. Shasta.

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