Ahhhh !" What more can I say about something that pre-dates the wheel? Skiing is my true passion in the mountains and I would love to share turns and tours with you. Come experience the sheer joy that only powder skiing in awe-inspiring terrain can bring. Alpine Guides International can customize ski trips for all types of terrain and help you learn the tools for traveling safely in the winter mountain environment while seeking beautiful fall lines.

I teach avalanche courses for my College and University programs in Sun Valley, Idaho from February to March. I would love to ski powder with you in these quiet mountains. This is truly the way backcountry skiing used to be when the Austrians brought it to this high valley in the late 1930's. Then it's time to head to the Alps. The huts open mid March and the spring snowpack allows us passage over big features linking together beautiful high mountain tours such as: the Haute route, the Ortler - Cevedale, the Berner Oberland or day tours out of the Chamonix Valley. Heading further North I head into the St. Elias Range of Alaska in May to ski recycled pow, corn or perhaps a bit of fresh in a surreal wilderness setting.

Whatever the venue may be are objective will be to have fun on our skis. All courses will cover skill content in avalanche beacon use, self and party rescue, recovery tactics, how to ski on the glacier or in the trees, crampon and tool techniques and movement skills for skinning and skiing. I believe the more efficient we become with these techniques the greater ease we will have in moving through the mountains. After all it only skiing and skiing is supposed to be fun!

"One can never be bored by powder skiing because it is a special gift of the relationship between earth and sky. It only comes in sufficient amounts in particular places, at certain times on this earth; it lasts only a limited amount of time before sun and wind changes it. People devote their whole lives to it for the pleasure of being so purely played by gravity and snow." ~Dolores LaChapelle

Ski Tours:
Chamonix Valley
Haute Route
Ortler Group Ski Tour
Berner Oberland Ski Tour
St. Elias Ski Mountaineering
Idaho Ski Touring

Alpine Guides International
Mark Puleio
[email protected]
101 Commonwealth Ave
Hyde Park, VT 05655