As many great places as there are to ski in North America, we do love our home terrain – and our neighbors – here in Colorado. So it’s with a bit of local pride that SCARPA announces a new relationship with one of our neighbors located just a few blocks away: Starting this month, SCARPA will be the exclusive ski boot provider for the Colorado Mountain School (CMS), the largest mountain guide service in Colorado and the largest American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Avalanche course provider in North America.
Moving forward, all Colorado Mountain School full-time guides and winter seasonal guides working on ski gear will use SCARPA boots.
Of course, we reference the ‘local’ connection, but Colorado Mountain School is much more international in terms of its reputation and the quality of its services. For instance, CMS, which is an American Mountain Guides Association-accredited guide service, employs more AMGA certified guides than any other guide service in the United States. They’re also Rocky Mountain National Park’s exclusive technical climbing concessionaire since the Park’s creation in 1915, and have been operating in Colorado since 1877. Just a lIttle bit of history there …
“CMS guides work in some of the most inspiring and harshest places on earth. Our job requires the best equipment every day we’re in the mountains, and in particular the right boot is critical in our world,” said Mike Alkaitis, general manager of the Colorado Mountain School. “SCARPA has been the leader in ski boots for many decades and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with such a well-respected, innovative brand.”
Colorado Mountain School’s offerings include one-day and multi-day avalanche, mountaineering and mountain-skills courses. The service also guides rock, alpine, ice and ski mountaineering trips throughout the Colorado Front Range, Utah, Nevada, Alaska and South America.