Greg cunningham

Greg Cunningham

Lead ski and alpine guide. Lead backpacking guide

Greg began to pursue his passion for the outdoors in the Green Mountains of Vermont. After graduating from college with a degree in Environmental Science and Outdoor Education, Greg became a professional ski patroller. Patrolling for three years in Vermont confirmed what Greg had always known - the only "office" he wanted to work in was the mountains. Greg moved to California in search of bigger mountains and a bigger canvas to work with. Greg has 8 years of professional ski patrolling experience, the last 5 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. In this time Greg has become a rope rescue trainer, a certified avalanche blaster, an avalanche control route leader and an assistant avalanche forecaster for the patrol snow safety program.

Using his professional training as a mountain guide and his schooling in environmental science, Greg works as a mountain guide for Shasta Mountain Guides and California Alpine Guides. He guides alpine climbing on Mount Shasta and in the Sierra Nevada as well as backpacking trips throughout Yosemite National Park. He has completed AIARE levels 1 and 2, AAI level 3 avalanche certifications, graduated from the National Avalanche school, maintained a senior level certification in Outdoor Emergency Care and CPR, and completed the AMGA ski guide course. Greg has climbing and skiing experience throughout the United States including California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine.

Greg's has the ability to asses dynamic conditions in the mountains and safely and effectively manage risk, while maximizing client reward. Greg's adventurous spirit, ability to make difficult decisions and calm demeanor make him a person that you are always glad to have with you in the mountains. While extremely strong in many areas, Greg is always in the pursuit of new knowledge and experience and is eager to share that knowledge and experience with everyone around him.

Certifications/Education:

  • AMGA ski guides course

  • AAI Level 3 avalanche course

  • AIARE Level II Avalanche Course

  • Leave No Trace Trainer