Home Base: Crested Butte, Colorado; Chamonix, France
Certifications: IFMGA, UIAGM Mountain Guide
Specialties: Off-Piste Freeriding, Ski Touring, Telemark, Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Alpine Climbing, Trekking
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Jeff Banks has specialized in curating alpine adventures to the most mind-blowing places on the planet for over a decade. Like a bespoke suit, the experiences that he facilitates are meticulously tailored to the group’s needs.
Having a skilled guide is the most important factor for having a successful trip; Jeff has a very particular set of skills—skills that he has acquired over a very long career: He trains guides for the American guide program. He’s taught avalanche courses to British IFMGA certified guides. He trains the U.S. Special Forces Mountain Unit. These experts hire Jeff to utilize his deep reservoir of knowledge; and for his innate ability to transfer that wisdom. As a former national champion in ski mountaineering racing, Jeff has coached multiple Olympic athletes—and complete beginners alike.
Jeff speaks a multitude of languages and has personal relationships with many hut guardians in the Alps, which enables his guests to have richer cultural experiences—but no matter which country Jeff’s guiding in, he delivers American-style customer service to his guests. Think of him as a personal alpine facilitator; and leverage his decade-plus of guiding experience, world-class teaching skills, and local knowledge and language skills to get the most out of your trip. Your time in the mountains is precious, invest it wisely.
Experiences & Programs
Jeff Banks facilitates the following
Whether your sights are set on tackling the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses, sending seaside 6a's in Kalymnos—or anything in between, Jeff can help you realize your climbing dreams.
Whether you're chasing champagne powder, or dream of eating strudel after touring in the Austrian Alps, Jeff can facilitate it; his magic really comes to life when mountain conditions inevitably offer almost nothing at all.
Jeff provides instruction in Crevasse Rescue, Alpine Skills, & AIARE curriculum Avalanche Courses. Locations for instruction range from Crested Butte to Chamonix to the Fjords of Norway: each providing a uniquely suited location to facilitate maximum learning.
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