California Ski Guides

Welcome to California Ski Guides ™

While the name may seem new, we have been around since 1981 and are one of the oldest ski guide companies in California. As such we bring a depth and variety of experience that few can match. We take pride in having an intimate knowledge of the state where we guide and have a passion for the snow that is unrivaled. Take some time to look around and get to know us and what we do. California Ski Guides™ is grounded on the principle of providing a high-quality ski and split board guide service for the state of California and beyond. We feel strongly that safety and education should come first on every backcountry endeavor. We are privileged to guide in some very unusual places, and we strive to make every backcountry experience a memorable one.

To fulfill these goals we ensure that we have the best staff available. All of our guides and instructors trained and had received an Avalanche Level II certification, and higher and had a minimum of a Wilderness First Responder medical training. All of our staff are training or pursuing the AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) Ski Guide certification and try to maintain the highest level of professionalism. Whenever possible we also hire guides who have experience as ski and snowboard educators. Our staff has instructed at such famous mountain resort companies as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, Crystal Mountain, and Vail. Take the time to meet our staff, and if there is someone who interests you, please feel free to request them for your adventure. We try to accommodate whenever possible. Based in Mt. Shasta, with our parent company Sierra Wilderness Seminars, CSG strives to guide as much of the State as possible. While some areas don’t allow guided parties, we do cover most of California’s best terrain. We are proud to be permittees of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Lassen National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Inyo National Forest.  If you have any questions we want to hear from you, give us a call or send an email or CALL:  888-797-6867 or  Email:

Know before you Go

KBYG Logo Avalanche Awareness Lectures @ REI Co-op

Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard or snowmobile in the backcountry, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. These educational 1.5-hour multimedia presentations provide an overview of the remarkable phenomenon of avalanches! Attendees gain a basic understanding of the formation and release of avalanches and ways to avoid them.

KBYG program is an excellent primer to taking the California Ski Guide & SWS Mountain Guides  Certified A3 Avalanche Level I or Level II Course in either Bear Valley or Mt. Shasta.  -- Avalanche level one info


2018-19 Course Times and Locations
REI Fremont - February 5th - 7:00 pm
REI Saratoga - February 12th - 7:00 pm
REI Dublin - February 12th - 7:00 pm
REI Berkeley - February 13th - 7:00 pm
REI Concord - February 13th - 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Length:  1.5 hours (7:00 - 8:30 PM)
Any questions give us a call at 888.797.6867 - Looking forward to having you join us.

California Ski Guides Corporate Sponors

Bear Valley Ski Resort
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Clif Bar
Black Rock Coffee