Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service
Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.
The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
MATTERHORN AND THE ZERMATT VALLEY EQUIPMENT LISTCLOTHING• BASE LAYERo 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweighto Non-Cotton Underwearo 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweighto Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pairo Socks - 2 pair• MID LAYERo Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece Jacket - only one of these is necessaryo Soft shell type pantso Shorts• OUTERWEARo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacketo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants - may be omitted w/ soft shell type pantso Warm Hat - should cover earso Sun Hat - baseball type or visoro Lightweight Gloves - wind block or fleece/wool typeo Warm Gloveso Gaiters - low top or full size• INSULATIONo Down or Synthetic JacketPERSONAL GEARo Day Pack - 35 Liter (2200 cu in.) minimumo Mountaineering Boots - leather or synthetic, crampon compatibleo Headlamp – lightweight LED recommended w/ extra batterieso Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide moutho Small Knifeo Glacier Glasseso Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+o Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. waterless hand cleaner (wet wipes) - there is no running water in the hutso Small Personal 1st Aid Kit - blister repair, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.o Sleeping bag liner – they can also be purchased in the hutso Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleepTECHNICAL GEARo Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, steel head onlyo Crampons – STEEL; NO ALUMINIUM, 12 point, pre-fit to bootso Anti-ball plates - for cramponso Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved onlyo Climbing Harness - mountaineering style (e.g. B.D. Alpine Bod)o Locking Biners (2) - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular lockero Non-locking Biners (4) - any style, we prefer wire gate typeo Cordelettes (2) - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untiedo Sewn Slings (2) - 1 single length (60 cm), 1 double length (120 cm)o Ice Screws (2) - 13-17 cm lengthOPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.o Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!o Adjustable Trekking Pole(s) - nice to have for approacho Thermos - vacuum typeo Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook workso Compass - adjustable declination a musto Altimeter - Suunto watch works wello Warm Socks - to sleep ino Foot Powdero Cash - to purchase water and food in the hutsGROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS *Please contact the guiding office if you prefer to bring your own gear in place of any of our group gear.o Ropeso Technical Group Gear (crevasse rescue kit), VHF radioo Group 1st Aid Kit
WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO GET TO ZERMATT? YOU CAN FLY INTO ZURICH OR GENEVA. BOTH OF THE AIRPORT FEATURE A STATE OF THE ART TRAINSTATION RIGHT UNDER OR NEXT TO THE BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA. TRAINS LEAVE EVERY HOUR.
TAKE A TRAIN TO VISP AND THEN SWITCH TRAINS THERE TO ZERMATT. FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION GO TO:
WHERE WILL WE STAY IN ZERMATT?WE HAVE GOOD FRIENDS IN ZERMATT WHO OWN THE HOTEL CITY. CHRISTOPH AND ANJA ARE AVID OUTDOOR PEOPLE THEMSELVES (CHRISTOPH IS A MOUNTAIN GUIDE AS WELL) AND THEY FRIENDLY AND SUPER HELPFUL IN PRETRIP CONDITION UPDATES. www.cityzermatt.ch
HAVE YOU GUIDED THE MATTERHORN BEFORE? YES, MARTIN HAS GUIDED THE MATTERHORN ABOUT 20 TIMES AND ANY GUIDE WHO WILL BE HIRED FOR THIS TRIP WILL HAVE EXPERIENCE ON THE MATTERHORN
WHAT IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT COOPERATE? THAT IS A POSSIBILITY. ALL WE CAN DO IS OUR PART BY BEING PREPARED. SINCE WE ARE FROM THE AREA, WE HAVE MANY ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS. WE WILL BE MOBILE. YOU UP YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCEEDING ON THE MATTERHORN BY ESSENTIALLY BEING PREPARED TO CLIMB IT RIGHT AWAY IF YOU HAVE TO, MEANING YOU DO NOT TREAT THE FIRSTTHREE DAYS AS A LEARNING HOW TO ALPINE CLIMB PHASE. A PERSON WHO IS FIT, CAN GET READY TO BE GUIDED UP THE MATTERHORN IN A FEW DAYS, BUT THIS MIGHT BE THE WINDOW WHERE THE WEATHER IS GOOD.
AS EXAMPLES FOR GREAT PREP CLIMBS, PLEASE LOOK AT OUR NORTH CASCADES PROGRAMS LIKE THE CLASSIC FORBIDDEN PEAK WEST RIDGE OR THE NORTH CASCADES MOUNTAINEERING COURSE.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE? AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THEM? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.