North American Ski Training & Climbing (NASTC)
- Winter Guides + Tours + Training
- Chamber Member
- Adventures + Guides + Tours + Training
- Winter Trailheads + Backcountry
Welcome to our World-Wide Adventure Ski School and to our Rock Climbing School on Donner Summit!
The North American Ski Training & Climbing School (NASTC) was founded in 1994 as a unique performance ski school offering multi-day, full immersion and adventure ski training clinics for intermediate through expert skiers taught by members of the PSIA National Demonstration Team and AMGA certified guides. Based in Lake Tahoe, CA, NASTC offers all-mountain free-skiing clinics all over the world. NASTC’s methodology towards ski improvement is based on a comprehensive approach addressing fitness, equipment, skiing technique and tactics. The total immersion teaching approach is not a quick fix or band-aid approach. It is a multi-layered process that not only results in better skiing but positively affects the body, mind, and spirit. At NASTC you truly improve your skiing – a full level! And you get to do this at the best resorts and mountain ranges in the world, led by the top instructors in the world, in a group with adventure enthusiasts like yourself who also leave their professional world behind to enjoy these focused clinics.
In 2002 we founded our rock climbing school as well, with a mission to offer all ages and abilities a fun chance to climb with friends or family on Donner Summit. Donner offers world-class granite, its famous for it. If you talk to avid climbers, Donner Summit is on their to-do list, just like Yosemite. When you join us for an individual or group lesson, we provide all the gear (bring your own if you have it) and meet you up on the rock ready!
Member EventsSaturday Feb 16, 2019 - Monday Feb 18, 2019Each year more skiers are venturing into the backcountry lured by the opening up of resort boundary lines and the promise of pristine powder fields and underpopulated terrain. However, with more access the risk has never been greater, and the need to know basic safety protocols, rescue techniques, avalanche hazard awareness and management are essential to survival and having a great time out there. The AIARE curriculum is a 3-day intensive seminar designed to give you an understanding of avalanche formation, “nature’s billboard” observation skills, the ability to use an avalanche transceiver and probe and how to dig a snow study pit. This is a minimum amount of know-how if you want to travel, ski or ride in the backcountry or sidecountry safely. There is time spent daily in the classroom and in the field. The goals of the course are: The student will be taught safe travel methods in avalanche terrain including trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals The student be will shown how to use various rescue equipment, and companion rescue protocols The student will be taught how to execute mock rescues in the field The student will be introduced to the avalanche triangle, weather, snowpack, terrain and the human factor Attain Level 1 certification upon successful completion We will meet at 8:00am at The Cedar House Sport Hotel (Truckee, CA). We will begin promptly with an indoor orientation and classroom work. Please be on time. Day 1 & 2 we will be in the classroom until lunch with our afternoons in field. Day 3 we will spend 1-hr in the classroom and the rest of the day in field. Our schedule will include indoor talks and outdoor fieldwork each day – be sure to dress in layers. You will have a chance to change into warmer clothes for the field session. The course runs 8:00am – 5:00pm each day with a break for lunch. We suggest a bag lunch with snacks and plenty of water. ...read more