Jeff Banks Mountain Guide

Jeff Banks is an IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide offering a host of mountain sports at venues around the world.

Including: Off-Piste Freeriding, Ski Touring, Telemark, Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Trekking & Alpine Climbing.

Jeff provides instruction in Crevasse Rescue,  Alpine Skills, & AIARE curriculum Avalanche Courses. 

The IFMGA/UIAGM logo is your assurance that your guide has met the highest standards in training and examinations.

Upcoming trips are featured below:

Silvretta Hut Trip  (AUT/CH)  (for more info)                                
Powder, Corn, hearty food, hot showers, comfy rooms, endless ski options.... it doesn’t get much better than this!  Last year we had it all & it was goooooood.  The hut experience is as good as the skiing and will have you begging for more homemade strudel and another Weissbier.   With 2 Guides and varied terrain, this trip is perfect for groups with mixed abilities as we can accommodate everyone.
8 days in country, 6 days skiing,  April 1-8 2017  

Gran Paradiso Hut Trip  (ITA)  (for more info)
Big peaks, open larch forests, Italian hospitality, espresso, Italian food, local beer & wine, good times
There’s a couple different itineraries we like within this National Park, this year we’ll be basing out of the Rifugio Chabod.  
Located 1:30 from Chamonix through the Mont Blanc tunnel.  
8 days in country,  6 days skiing, April 16-23  2017

Haute Route Hut Trip (FR/CH)
The most well known of all high routes, this trip links together the 2 most iconic towns of the Alps:  Chamonix & Zermatt.  Starting from the shoulders of Mont Blanc and finising under the Matterhorn, it’s an epic journey that journeys through the heart of the Alps.  This is a trip for experienced ski tourers  
9 days in country, 7 days skiing, April 24-30  2017

Norway:  Fjord Ski Touring (click for more info & slideshow)    
Ski from Summit to Sea, get dropped off on 1 fjord, ski up and over the mountain to the next fjord where the boat picks you up.  Stunning views, terrain to suit any taste; mellow or aggressive.  Long days & lots of O2 make for easy touring, seaside lodging, wood-fired hot tub.  

Level 1 Avalanche Course  (more info..)
Recreational riders have only a 30% Survival rate when buried in an avalanche.  Learn to stack the odds in your favor.  We teach The AIARE curriculum which is a 4 day course.  50% of the course is outside learning about snowpack, latest rescue techniques, route finding & safe travel techniques.  50% is inside with a 80 page manual, a quick reference field book, videos, case studies, and interactive powerpoint lessons.  This class will change your life and how you ride.                  Cha

Chamonix Off-Piste Freeride  (more info..)
The border area around Chamonix and crossing into Switzerland and Italy is world re-known for it’s Freeriding.  A huge lift infrastructure accesses countless glaciers, couloirs, and open fields of powder.  With such a large expanse of terrain we offer custom excursions to all abilities.
All Winter through the end of May

Chamonix Leisure Ski Cruise  (more info..)
Let us show you the softer side of Chamonix à la carte.  Including mellow powder runs, hot springs, Michelin Starred restaurants, Heli-Skiing, Nordic skiing, etc.  The list is long of what you can do when  you slow down and take it easy in the Haute Savoie region
All Winter through the end of April

The Ortler  (more info..)
Everyone has heard of the Haute Route, but the Ortler is more fun for my money.  Similar difficulty but better descents, Italian cuisine, private rooms, hot showers, less people, etc.  Located in the Sud Tyrol of Italia we start and finish in the village of Sulden.  Big Mountain ambiance, wild craggy peaks, & long descents returning to deluxe huts make the Ortler a personal favorite for me. 

Ice Climbing  (more info..)    
Just learning or looking to climb a long classic in the mountains?  We’ve got you covered.  If you’re more of a fair weather climber Summer is the perfect time to climb ice.  “What, Summer?!”   That’s right, Summer.  Start off on the Mer de Glace glacier climbing in a T-Shirt.  Then progress to high altitude North facing classics like the Chere Couloir, Tour Rond, Tacul Triangle Face which are in condition year round.  We also do early winter (Nov-Dec) ice in Colorado.

Ski Mont Blanc   (for more info..)                               Click here for Ski Mont Blanc Slide Show
Skiing Mont Blanc is a must on every skier's "bucket list".  The 3800m descent from the top of Europe to Chamonix is truly awesome.  Using the Aiguille du Midi telepherique, we'll choose between the “3 Summits” or “Mulets” route depending on conditions.  The descent drops down to the Mulets hut, spectacularly perched on an island of rock surrounded by massive glaciers. 

Cinque Terre Cultural Trek                                     Click here for more info & Slide Show
or “Five Lands”, is a small region in northwestern Italy along the coast of the Ligurian Sea. The area consists of five villages built on terraced hillsides among a landscape of woodlands, rugged hills and amazing coastlines of cliffs and beaches. The Cinque Terre National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it’s stunning beauty and cultural legacy.  This region is re-known for its seafood, wines, and cuisine; Not to mention the birthplace Pesto!

Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel:                    
Do you depend on the kindness of strangers to rescue you?  Time to take charge and travel the glaciers with confidence!  From the beginning:  read the glacier to avoid the holes, safe travel techniques, when & how to use the rope, victim hauling systems (pulleys 2:1, 3:1, 6:1), prusiks, Ropeman, Ti-block, improvised snow anchors,  V-thread anchors, prepare the crevasse edge, abseil to victim, ascend the rope, and haul your buddy out.               ../Ski/Silvretta.html../Ski/Gran_Paradiso.html../Ski/Norway.html../Avalanche/Avalanche_level_1.html../Ski/Off-Piste.htmlAlbums/Pages/Leisure_Tour.html../Ski/Ortler.html../Ice/Ice_Climbing/Ice_Climbing.html../Ski/Ski_Mont_Blanc.html
Article in “Trek & Mountain” magazine on our Level 1 AIARE Avalanche CourseHome_files/Avalanche_proof-1_1.pdf
Video of Level 1 AIARE
Avalanche Course