Small Groups, Big Mountains, Pro Guides.
We are a small guide service based on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula specializing in backcountry skiing and riding, ski mountaineering, alpine climbing/mountaineering, and AIARE avalanche education. We offer programs year-round, in the Olympic Mountains, North Cascades, Mt. Baker, Canada, and Alaska, as well as international expeditions.
Pacific Alpine Guides is a team of highly experienced mountain guides who have worked with some of the top guide services in the US, many of whom hold AMGA certifications, up to the IFMGA level. The guide service is run by Tyler and Katy Reid, both themselves guides and avalanche instructors, based in Port Angeles, WA.
We emphasize small groups, low ratios, and personalized experience. We run trips on both a scheduled and custom basis, a higher percentage of which are custom: programs specifically tailored to private groups and individuals.
Words are only so valuable in describing what we do, however we pride ourselves in meticulous documentation of the experiences we offer. One of the best ways to learn about our trips is through the high quality images and trip reports on our blog.
Our Trip Finder is one of the easiest ways to navigate the programs we offer.
In the winter months we offer AIARE Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche courses as well as guided backcountry skiing and riding in the Olympic Mountains. The Hurricane Ridge Road, literally in our back yard, provides some of the best winter access in the state of Washington rising from sea level to 5,200′ over the course of 17 miles.
In the winter and spring we offer incredible hut-based ski touring and ski mountaineering trips in Canada, including Rogers Pass, and the famous Wapta Traverse. In addition we have some really cool programs in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
In the summer, we offer alpine climbing and mountaineering summit climbs and instructional courses in the Olympic Mountains, North Cascades, and on Mt. Baker. In additional we offer trekking/backpacking trips in Olympic National Park.
In the summer and fall we offer international programs including ski expeditions to Chile, Russia, and Antarctica.