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About Alpine Adventures

Alpine Adventures was founded in 1965 as Alpine Junior Skiers. Over 50+ years, we’ve taught thousands of kids and adults how to become safe, responsible skiers and snowboarders. Members from past years send their their kids to ski with us – some families are on their third generation!

Our supervisors

Our supervisors come from all walks of life: teachers, nurses, college students, and others. All have had thorough background checks and a year of training before they are accepted into our program. Supervisors work in teams of twos and threes on the hill. A minimum of four supervisors travel on each bus.

Dave Ross, Director

Dave has worked with Alpine Adventures since 1969, and became Director in 1977. Dave is a community leader with a deep interest in schools and parks & recreation districts. He has been a professional ski instructor and is a past member of the National Ski Patrol.

“I love what I do,” Dave says. “It’s great to see kids and adults go from first-time, never-done-this-before to very competent intermediate and intermediate-advanced skiers and boarders over the course of the season. The supervisors are out skiing with the kids exploring the mountain, and the kids love it. Where else can you learn a sport that you can do by yourself, or with a group, and have fun no matter where you are? For many of our kids, it becomes a lifelong sport.”

  • Elected Member, Sutterville School Site Council member and chair.
  • Sacramento District Advisory Council representative for 6 years.
  • Sutterville Safety Committee 5 years.
  • Registered volunteer with Sacramento City Unified School District. Passed both California and FBI background checks.
  • Elected four times to the Board of Directors for the Cordova Recreation and Park District (Sacramento County) 1986 – 2000.
  • Appointed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors as a member and Chairperson to CORPAC (Cordova Planning and Advisory Council for the Board of Supervisors Sacramento County).
  • Sacramento City Unified Schools District Welcoming Schools committee.
  • Sutterville Parent Volunteer of the Year Award 2007/2008.
  • Founding member and past President of the Sacramento Valley Ski Industries Association, an association of Ski Resorts, Retailers, Manufacturers, Representatives, Tour Operators, and Program providers, located in the Sacramento / Tahoe region.
  • Founding director of the non-profit Making Cents Work, an organization providing fiscal education and monitoring of school sites and school districts.
  • Sacramento Children’s Chorus, member of Board of Directors and Treasurer, 2011-2015.

Special thanks

Thanks to Tom Kidwell and Suzy Bob for a lot of the photos.

Thank you for putting together yet another great ski season! I had a terrific time – I love the ski bus! Thanks also to you and Craig for the great lessons.

Patricia, San Francisco

I had a wonderful time in St. Moritz and Madrid. Looking forward to more travels in the future.

Megan, San Francisco

I just want to thank you for the fantastic trip to Banff and Lake Louise. I’ve wanted to return here since the Calgary Olympics (1988). The trip was everything I’d hoped for.

Steve, San Francisco

Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting the Wednesday trips and vacation weeks together. Bulgaria and Istanbul were wonderful. We’ll do it again!

Pat and Val,
Sacramento & Caldwell, NJ

There is no way I could ever thank you for all the fabulous ski trips and so much fun over the last 15 years!

Paulette, Rancho Murietta