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SWS Mountain Guides, California Rock Guides, California Ski Guides

Timothy Keating

Timothy Keating - CEO / Founder

David Cressman

David Cressman - COO / Manager Shasta Office

JB Brown

James Brown "JB" - CMO / Technical Director

Welcome to SWS Mountain GuidesCalifornia Rock Guides & California Ski Guides, all operating as complementary guide companies under our parent corporation Sierra Wilderness Seminars Inc. SWS was founded by Timothy Keating in Mt. Shasta in 1981 and is celebrating 40 years of guiding adventure lovers into the California wilderness.

In 2017 SWS purchased Mountain Adventure Seminars, founded in Bear Valley in 1996, and brought an additional 20 years of outdoor adventures to our guiding family. SWS Mountain Guides™, California Ski Guides™, and California Rock Guides™ are led by Timothy Keating, David Cressman, and JB Brown and reflect their love for the outdoors and enthusiasm for introducing, sharing, and educating; others in “the wild places.”

While the names may seem new, we have been around since 1981 and are one of California’s oldest Rock & Ski guide companies. As such, we bring a depth and variety of experience that few can match. California Ski Guides take pride in having an intimate knowledge best snow of the state where we guide and have a passion for the unrivaled backcountry skiing adventures. Take some time to look around and get to know us and what we do. California Rock Guides™ is grounded on the principle of providing a high-quality rock guide service throughout California.

Mountain Adventure Seminars

Mountain Adventure Seminars (MAS) and SWS Mountain Guides (SWS) have combined guide services, along with our sister companies California Ski Guides (CSG) and California Rock Guides (CRG), to give you more mountaineering, skiing, and climbing adventures, courses and clinics than ever before in California! By blending the same fantastic courses, climbs, and service offered by MAS with SWS’s large venues – from Mount Shasta in the North to Mt. Whitney in the South – your outdoor adventure possibilities are endless.

California Ski Guides

While the name may seem new, we have been around since 1981 and are one of California’s oldest ski guide companies. 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 unrivaled snow. Take some time to look around and get to know us and what we do. 

California Ski Guides™ 

California Ski Guides s grounded on the principle of providing a high-quality ski and split-board guide service for the state of California and beyond.

BEAR VALLEY OFFICE, BEAR VALLEY CALIFORNIA

Our main office and 25 person bunkhouse are located in Mt. Shasta, with additional offices in Lone Pine and BEAR VALLEY OFFICE at 265 Bear Valley Road just inside the Bear Valley Lodge.

“We are thrilled to bring Bear Valley and all MAS courses into the SWS family.”

SWS NOW operates the broadest range of programs in the most venues in California of any guides service: Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Russell, Pinnacles, Castle Crags, Alabama Hills, Crystal Crag, Bear Valley, Lover’s Leap, Calaveras Dome, North Palisade, Temple Crag, Mt. Sill, The Incredible Hulk, International Expeditions, and much more!

Winter adventures include mountaineering, ice climbing, avalanche education, backcountry ski/snowboard, telemark, and snowshoe adventures. Summer adventures include mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, and more! Find your experience today on one of our websites or call 888.797.6867