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Backcountry Skiing & Riding
AIARE Avalanche Courses
Wilderness First Aid & CPR / WFR
Climbing Truckee & Lake Tahoe

Wilderness First Aid / CPR & WFR Refresher
November 22-23, 2014

AIARE Avalanche Level 1
Early Season Dates!
December 13-15, 2014
December 19-21, 2014

AIARE Avalanche Level 2
December 19-22, 2014
January 2-6, 2015

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Featured Programs

Who we are & what we do Upcoming Programs

Bela G. Vadasz
Technical Director
IFMGA Internationally Licensed
Mountain Guide

Mimi Vadasz
Adminstrative Director
AMGA Certified
Ski Mountaineering Guide

Member School

Director, Bela G. Vadasz
receives the AMGA
Lifetime Achievement Award

ASI was established in 1979 by Bela G. Vadasz and Mimi Maki-Vadasz. We are America's original all-terrain backcountry ski mountaineering, avalanche education and rock climbing courses and instruction and alpine climbing program based Truckee and in the Sierra Nevada, visiting the greatest ranges of the world. With experiences among the highest mountains in over 15 different countries, ASI's instructors and AMGA and IFMGA certified guides are also among the best and most experienced outdoor educators in America. We are the best in Tahoe.

Fall - Clyde Couloir, North PalisadeWe guide great Sierra ice climbs such as Mt. Dana, the Dana Couloir, the U-notch and the V-notch on North Palisade and Mt. Sill. We visit many of the great ranges of the world including Mexico's Volcanoes, Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Himalaya.

Winter - Backcountry Adventure CenterWe specialize in AIARE Level 1, 2 & 3 Avalanche Courses, Backcountry Skiing, including telemark, randonnée, as well as splitboarding and winter mountaineering in the immediate Truckee/Lake Tahoe area along with ice climbing on Donner Pass as well as the famous Lee Vining Canyon. Also check out our Backcountry Adventure Center at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. We offer daily sidecountry and backcountry tours with ski gear included.

Spring - Haute RouteEnjoy high route ski traverses and ski mountaineering to destinations including Mt. Shasta, the Sierra High Route, the European Haute Route and ski descents of the Tioga Pass area, the Palisades and much more.

Summer - Bear Creek Spire, Northeast RidgeOffering Rock Climbing Instruction and Courses in Truckee, CA at Donner Pass & Donner Summit and guided rock climbs at Lover's Leap, climbs of Mt. Shasta and many High Sierra peaks, including North Palisade, Bear Creek Spire, The East Face, East Buttress and the Mountaineer's Route on Mt. Whitney.

Rock Climbing
9 step progression

Intro Rock
Next Move ~ October 11, 2014
Learn to Lead ~ October 12, 2014
Climber's Self Rescue
Crack or Sport Climbing
Aid & Big Wall Climbing

Now through - Oct 31, 2014 ~

Mt. Whitney East Face/East Buttress
Custom dates

AIARE Avalanche Level 1
December 13-15, 2014
December 19-21, 2014
January 2-4, 2015
January 10-12, 2015
January 17-19, 2015 MLK weekend
February 6-8, 2015
February 14-16, 2015 President's weekend
February 20-22, 2015...

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