Mountain Guiding

We offer international and domestic mountain adventures with certified guides. The Matterhorn, the Haute Route, Mont Blanc, the Eiger, Mount Baker, North Cascades National Park and Mount Logan in Canada are some of our destinations. We also offer trips to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the Fjords of Norway and Orizaba in Mexico.

Mountain Guiding
Backcountry Ski Day Trips - Crystal Mountain

Backcountry Ski Day Trips - Crystal Mountain


Offered weekly January through April! The Crystal Mountain backcountry holds a collection of backcountry skiing gems that should not be missed. There are couloirs to ski, peaks and slopes with views hard to find, and hidden powder lines to discover. Come and discover it with us. Offered weekly January through April.

At around 8000 feet on the Coleman Glacier

Mount Baker Summit Climb

Mount Baker is one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the West Coast. Climbing this technically moderate 10780 foot peak can be done as an overnight trip! We will be climbing up the entertaining Coleman-Deming Glacier route.
Just give us a call at 425 888 6397 ext. 2 to make a private arrangement if the proposed dates don't work with your schedule. 

Belay your partner from above in a multi pitch scenario

Squamish Trad-Rock Climbing Course


Squamish Rock Climbing is famous for a good reason. The walls of Stawamus Chief Mountain boast some of the best granite climbing in Canada, featuring anything from confidence inspiring single pitch sport routes to enormous multi-pitch crack routes. Our 3-day rock climbing course in Squamish is designed to introduce you to the craft of multi-pitch climbing using traditional gear.

The entrance of the Slot Couloir

TGIF Backcountry Ski Trips - Snoqualmie Pass


Offered weekly January through April! The mountains in the greater Seattle backyard hold a collection of backcountry skiing gems that should not be missed. There are couloirs to ski, peaks and slopes with views hard to find, and hidden powder lines to discover. Come with us and discover the surprising area north of Snoqualmie Pass. Offered weekly January through April.

In the entrance couloir of the Chair Peak West Ridge.

Chair Peak Climb

Chair Peak in the Alpental Valley offers several routes of varying difficulty in a surprisingly alpine setting barely one hour from Seattle. What a great day trip for anyone looking for a quick alpine outing or a solid training peak for bigger objectives later on.
In the Lake Anne area with the Lower Curtis Glacier, Upper Curtis Glacier and the Shuksan Summit pyramid in the background

Mount Shuksan Fisher Chimneys


Mount Shuksan's Fisher Chimeys is one of the very classic Cascadian alpine routes up the arguably most iconic peak in North Cascades National Park. You will do it all. A scenic hike, climb a complicated series of chimneys, camp in an amazing setting, cross several glaciers and climb the spectacular summit pyramid to the summit of Mount Shuksan.

Approaching camp near Ripsaw Ridge

Spearhead Traverse Express


The Northwest has the Spearhead Traverse.  Easy access, a spectacular setting in the back country of the continent's best ski area, heavily glaciated terrain and even a hut make it a must for anybody who is serious about ski touring. It seems incredible to me that a ski traverse of such quality and easy access (we take the lift to the top of the Blackcomb ski area) can still offer so much solitude and such a wilderness experience. The Spearhead Traverse Express follows the same route as the standard Spearhead Express, we just do it a bit faster this time. 

Infinite Bliss Rock Climb

Infinite Bliss Rock Climb


Infinite Bliss is a super fun 23-pitch bolted route in a beautiful setting with the difficulty ranging from 5.6 to 5.10. While it is bolted, the impressive length of this climb makes it a serious endeavor.
This route is not a true sport route. It is a bolt-protected slab climb with intermittent steep face climbing (especially the last 5 pitches. It is extremely long which means you need to be quick and efficient. People say that it is the longest bolted climb in the USA and Canada and it is located right here in our backyard - the beautiful Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie Valley. Infinite Bliss blurrs the lines between bigwall climbing, sport route and alpine rock route. Without a doubt it is a great test of one's climbing efficiency and an unforgettable adventure. 

The classic view of Torment and Forbidden Peak from the Eldorado area

Forbidden Tour

Martin Volken pioneered this multi-day ski tour in 1999 and we still love guiding it.
Zander topping out on the steep pitches.

Mount Baker North Ridge

The Baker North Ridge is one of top 5 classic ice routes in the lower 48 states and one of the 50 classic climbs of North America. Standing at 10,781 feet, Mount Baker is the third highest peak in the State of Washington. This route is a super classic.
Mount Baker Bullet Train

Mount Baker Bullet Train


Mount Baker is the quintessential ski summit. Huge vertical, spectacular glaciers and moderate skiing. On the Bullet Train, we ski it in one day!

The Torment-Forbidden Ridge with Moraine Lake (Radcliffe photo)

Forbidden Peak Climb

Climbing Forbidden Peak is a quintessentially North Cascadian Experience - by any route. All its classic ridge routes - the famous West Ridge, the East Ridge or the lonely North Ridge are well worth the effort and provide an unforgettable experience in a stunning setting. 

The steep rappel section off the summit

Tooth South Face Climb


The South Face of the Tooth is the most easily accessed, moderate multi-pitch alpine rock route in Western Washington.

The Pickets Traverse

The Pickets Traverse

Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 22, 2017


This sub-range of the North Cascades is considered the most rugged terrain in the lower 48. A traverse through the Picket Range is a true adventure.

beautiful bivy on the Torment - Forbidden Traverse

Classic Alpine Adventures in the North Cascades

Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 29, 2017

Choose your own adventure. For a week we will climb some of the nicest north faces, ridges and classic alpine routes of the North Cascades.
The Matterhorn and its famous Hornli Ridge

Matterhorn Hornli Ridge and Zermatt day trips

Jul 30, 2017 - Aug 3, 2017

Just about every mountaineer wants to climb the Matterhorn at some point. We'll do it...and then some.
Dave Jordan calling it for the day on the Forbidden Glacier with the Torment - Forbidden Ridge in the background

North Cascades Ridge Traverses

Aug 7, 2017 - Aug 12, 2017

This week is designed for the seasoned mountaineer who is interested in climbing several North Cascade classic peaks back to back.
Kurt Buchwald in the fixed rope section near the shoulder.

Alps Trilogy: Matterhorn, Eiger, Mont Blanc

Aug 7, 2017 - Aug 16, 2017

The Matterhorn, the Eiger and Mont Blanc. It barely needs any explaining. These three peaks represent the quintessential mountains of the Swiss and French Alps.
Near the summit of the Dufourspitze.

Monte Rosa Traverse

Aug 14, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017

Monte Rosa is the second highest peak in the Alps at 15,292 feet. No other traverse in the Alps will let you summit as many 4,000 meter peaks in such a short time.
Summer Haute Route

Summer Haute Route

Aug 21, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017

The Summer Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is arguably one of the most scenic and famous multi-day hikes in all of the Alps.
Pico de Orizaba (18, 481 Ft / 5636 m)

Mexico - Pico de Orizaba 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017


 Pico de Orizaba (18,491 ft / 5636 m) is the highest point in Mexico and the third highest point in North America. This is a popular mountaineering objective on its own. We also propose doing what we’re best known for – skiing right off the summit to the toe of the Jamapa Glacier! This trip timed to coincide with the end of the storms that brings Orizaba most of its snow. If you are looking for a great way to introduce yourself to high altitude climbing, this is it.

This trip can run either as a mountaineering or ski mountaineering trip. Please inquire upon sign-up.

Daily dose of pow

Japan Powder Skiing 2018

Jan 29, 2018 - Feb 3, 2018


Niseko gets its snow from cold fronts coming out of Siberia, picking up moisture as they cross the Sea of Japan, then dumping it when it hits the mountains of Hokkaido and Honshu. The combination creates a huge amount of very dry snow, and you get to ski it over, and over, and over again.

now really thinking about it

Kendall Shooting Gallery

Mar 2, 2018 - Mar 4, 2018

The backside of Kendall Peak is one of the hidden gems in the Snoqualmie Pass backcountry. Spend a few days skiing as many couloirs and chutes as you can!
Accessing the good on the Glacier de Thoule, Courmayeur

Ski Bus Adventure Week 2018

Mar 26, 2018 - Mar 31, 2018

Chamonix, Zermatt and Saas-Fee are world class resorts in the Alps with an amazing lift infrastructure and we intend to use it. During the Short Bus Week we will expose a group of Adventure skiers to some of the best known and some of the not so well known ski tours and ski descents of the Savoy and Valaisan Alps. We know the Alps and especially the Swiss Alps. We know them more intimately than many guides from the states who guide there.
Skitouring in the fjords of Norway 2018

Skitouring in the fjords of Norway 2018

Mar 26, 2018 - Mar 31, 2018


The ski trip into the Norwegian fjords around Romsdalen is a world-class experience. The lands along the Norwegian Coast have been inhabited for thousands of years and yet a lot of the primeval character of the landscape remains. The meeting of mountains and ocean is truly remarkable.The coastline may very well be the most complicated one in the world. Thousands of fjords ranging from a few hundred meters to over 100 kilometers make up the coast of Norway. After having been there, we saw just enough to realize that the skiing possibilities are just about endless.

Approaching camp near Ripsaw Ridge

Spearhead Traverse

Mar 29, 2018 - Apr 1, 2018

Europe has the Haute Route. The Northwest has the Spearhead Traverse. This high alpine ski tour in Garibaldi Provincial Park features everything it takes to become a classic. Easy access, a spectacular setting in the back country of Whistler / Blackcomb ski area, heavily glaciated terrain and even a hut make it a must for anybody who is serious about ski touring. It seems incredible that a ski traverse of such quality and easy access (we take the lift to the top of the Blackcomb ski area) can still offer so much solitude and such a wilderness experience.
approaching the Cabane de Dix

Haute Route Ski Tour 2018

Apr 2, 2018 - Apr 7, 2018

The Haute Route is most likely the single most famous ski traverse in the Alps. Pro Guiding Service has guided this super classic ski tour from Chamonix to Zermatt about 40 times in 5 different variations. We have guided the original route via the Valsorey hut, the "classic route" via Verbier, from Zermatt to Chamonix ending in Courmayeur and variations in between those mentioned. 
The Haute Route crosses eleven glaciers on its way from Chamonix to Zermatt at an average elevation of 3,000 meters. Depending on the route variation you might end up skiing in three different countries. The Swiss Alpine Club huts (Cabane de Trient,Mont Fort, Prafleuri, Dix and Vignettes) are sophisticated by US standards, the mountains are more alpine in character than anything in the lower 48 states, and packs are small enough to let you enjoy the skiing even at the highest elevations of the trip. Ski touring in such spectacular mountains coupled with the multi-cultural exchange will make this trip a unique experience.
below the looming Lemah Towers

Snoqualmie Haute Route

Apr 4, 2018 - Apr 8, 2018

The Snoqualmie Haute Route is a committing, long, multi-day alpine traverse leading from Alpental to Mount Hinman and beyond that will bring new meaning to Snoqualmie Pass ski touring.
Amazing ski terrain below the Gran Zebru

Ortler Ski Traverse 2018

Apr 9, 2018 - Apr 14, 2018

A fantastic week of ski touring in the high Italian Alps. We keep returning to the Valfurva Region because of the great combination of ski touring terrain, comfortable huts and Italian hospitality. The Branca and Pizzini huts are famous and the ski touring in this area just south of the Austrian Border is some of the best we have ever experienced.
Valdez Ski Touring Week 2018

Valdez Ski Touring Week 2018

Apr 16, 2018 - Apr 21, 2018

Valdez is well known for its heli skiing, and the Thompson Pass area is one of our favorite ski mountaineering areas in the U.S. The mountains are wild and spectacular, but surprisingly easy to summit on skis. The snow pack is very maritime and therefore perfect for steeper lines. The fact that we get to stay in the port town of Valdez and enjoy great salmon dinners night after night makes this a uniquely Northwest American experience.
Finsteraarhorn summit

Bernese Oberland Ski Traverse 2018

Apr 16, 2018 - Apr 21, 2018


Ski touring and ski mountaineering in the Bernese Oberland is the quintessential Swiss Alps experience. Pro Guiding Service has guided on the Konkordia glacier, the Jungfrau and the Finsteraarhorn region for well over 20 weeks in many variations. We have many local connections there and speak the local language. The area south of the Jungfraujoch is the most glaciated zone in the Alps.

The classic ski route up Mont Blanc via the Grand Mulets hut

Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa Ski Descent

Apr 23, 2018 - Apr 29, 2018

Ski off the two highest peaks in the Alps. Two amazing ski descents. Mont Blanc, 4808 meters to Chamonix, 1030 meters; Pointe Dufour of the Monte Rosa, 4634 meters, Zermatt, 1600 meters. The vertical drop from the summit of Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa to the towns of Chamonix and Zermatt are enormous. We will attempt to ski from these summits in some of the most spectacular scenery the Alps have to offer.

Near the Col Durand

Haute Route Imperiale 2018

Apr 23, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018


The "Royal Haute Route“ leads from the sleepy Val’Anniviers in a southerly direction to Zermatt through some of the most spectacular and high alpine terrain of the Swiss Alps. The tour will take us to the Turtmannhut, the Cabane de Tracuit, Cabane de Grand Muntet and the Schonbielhut before heading down to Zermatt.

Sunrise on the Inspiration Glacier

Isolation Traverse

Apr 26, 2018 - Apr 29, 2018

The Isolation Traverse takes you through the mountain wilderness north of Eldorado.
Early morning on the Quien Sabe Glacier with  Johannisberg in the back. Andrew McLean photo

Sahale Peak Ski Touring

Apr 28, 2018 - Apr 29, 2018

It's been named the best summit view in the North Cascades and this may well be true. Come see for yourself!
basic climbing in steep snow

Ski Mountaineering Course in Boston Basin

May 3, 2018 - May 3, 2018

Boston Basin is located in the heart of the North Cascades National Park and lies at the foot of the famous Forbidden Peak. The Boston Basin area quite possibly provides one of the best ski mountaineering course settings in the lower 48 states. You will be taught an amazing curriculum by AMGA or IFMGA certified guides.
Landing on the Dais glacier

Canadian Coast Range - Mount Waddington Ski Expedition 2018

May 4, 2018 - May 14, 2018

At 13,300 feet, Mount Waddington is the highest mountain in British Columbia. The Waddington Range is known in the climbing community for its great granite, endless number of routes, vast ski touring terrain and remote location - so remote that access becomes easy. We drive to a heli-port west of Williams Lake, B.C. and fly into the heart of the range with White Saddle Air.
Black Buttes Camp with Mount Baker in the background

Mount Baker Ski Summit Express

May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018

Do you simply want to summit this beautiful peak on skis over a quick weekend? Are you fit and ready? Come with us.
Pickets Ski Traverse

Pickets Ski Traverse

May 8, 2018 - May 13, 2018

A ski traverse through the famed Picket Range of the North Cascades National Park. It is a once in a lifetime trip!
Colfax Peak in the background

Mount Baker Ski Summit

May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Mount Baker offers some of the best ski touring in the state. It's hard to argue with 8,000 feet of vertical!
On the lower Inspiration Glacier Plateau

Forbidden Traverse Express

May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018

Martin Volken pioneered this multi-day ski tour in 1999 and we still love guiding it.

Mt. Shuksan via the White Salmon Glacier

Mt. Shuksan via the White Salmon Glacier

May 27, 2018 - May 28, 2018

Mt. Shuksan boasts some of the most impressive icefalls, faces, and towers this side of Alaska.
The Kautz Chute from Camp Hazard

Mount Rainier Climb

Jul 8, 2018 - Jul 11, 2018


Mount Rainier is undeniable. At almost 14,400 feet Mount Rainier is the third highest peak in the lower 48 states and arguably the most massive, high alpine peak. We will climb Mount Rainier via the Kautz Route for a more enjoyable experience away from the crowds. This route is slightly more advanced than the standard Emmons Glacier and Disappointment Cleaver Route.