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Mimi Vadasz
Program Director
AMGA Certified
Ski Mountaineering Guide

Bela G. Vadasz
Past Technical Director
Internationally Licensed
Mountain Guide

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July 29, 2020

Dear Friends of ASI,

ASI joins with International Alpine Guides! 
ASI has joined with Mammoth Lakes-based International Alpine Guides (IAG). IAG has been operating through the Sierra Nevada and aroud the world for the past 15 years. IAG has been specializing in Sierra climbs and courses and internationally in the Alps of Europe. IAG is one of the largest American providers of hut to hut ski tours in Switzerland, Italy, France and Austria.            

IAG is owned and founded by  IFMGA certified guide Dave Miller. Dave grew up in the North Lake Tahoe are, graduating from North Tahoe High School. He has been guiding for the past 20 years and received his IFMGA pin from ASI founder Bela Vadasz. Bela was one of Dave's AMGA mentors. Dave is psyched to now run ASI/IAG togerther and carry on Bela & Mimi's legacy!       

ASI/IAG will continue to operate out of the North Lake Tahoe area with offices in Truckee, Mammoth Lakes & seasonally in Mount Shasta. Together, we bring you one of the oldest & most experienced mountain & ski guide services in California.                   

The ASI AIARE Avalanche Level 1 has become the cornerstone of the winter program. Much more than just an avalanche course, the curriculum that now has evolved for AIAREover 30 years ties together many aspects of backcountry travel and related skills to help your well being in avalanche terrain.

These programs are taught by an elite group of highly experienced
Ski Splitboarding Mountaineering Guides. They are passionate about the snow and your learning of the snow craft. All the knowledge comes back to practical, "real time" application of when we are out there in the snow.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 & Level 1 PLUS
Signup early, they all fill-up fast! December is an excellent time to get your education in. It doesn't take much snow to run a great course. Then, you're set for the rest of the season, when the free-riding really gets good.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1
Feb 7-9, 2020 (Fri-Sun)
Feb 15-17, 2020 (Sat-Mon)
Feb 21-23, 2020 (Fri-Sun)
Feb 28-Mar 1, 2020 (Fri-Mon)
Mar 6-8, 2020 (Fri-Sun)
Mar 13-15, 2020 (Fri-Sun)
Mar 20-21, 2020 (Fri-Sun)
Mar 27-29, 2020 (Fri-Sun)
Apr 10-12, 2020 ... (Fri-Sun)

Already Done an Avalanche Level 1?
Consider our 1-Day REFRESH. Pickup the latest upgrades of information. Practice your application of the variation of the Level 1 skills. Remember, they take years to master. The snow changes all the time.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 REFRESH
Feb 2, 2020 (Sun)

AIARE AVALANCHE RESCUE (1 day - Stand alone course)
This course can be taken on it's own with no previous avy course. It is a great addition to the Avalanche Level 1 course and is a prerequiste for the Avalanche Level 2 course.
AIARE Avalanche One Day Rescue Course

Feb 3, 2020 (Mon) new date
Feb 8, 2020 (Sat)
Feb 8, 2020 (Sat)
Feb 14, 2020...(Fri)

Ready For Avalanche Level 2 This Year?
You've been in the snow since your Level 1. You know there's more as part of your continuing education. Maybe it's time for Level 2. The AIARE Level 2 program is another 3 day program, that provides backcountry travelers the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.

AIARE Avalanche Level 2
Feb 22-24, 2020 (Sat-Mon)
Mar 14-16, 2020... (Sat-Mon)


We have combined the courses this year, so you can come on Alpine touring, telemark or spiltboard!

We love to ski the backcountry! This is the ASI workhorse course to get you away from the lifts and into the backcountry. This one-day seminar is perfect for alpine skiers & rider who want to learn to use convertible touring bindings or spiltboard and telemark skiers ready to ski the backcountry.

Intro to Backcountry - SKI or SPLITBOARD
Feb 1, 2020 (Sat )
Feb 8, 2020(Sat)
Feb 15, 2020 (Sat)
Feb 22, 2020... (Sat)

We look forward to climbing and skiing with you and helping you achieve your mountain dreams. If you can't find the answer to a question on our website, don't hesitate to give us a call.

Mimi Vadasz and the ASI Crew!
Alpine Skills International

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