Aspen Alpine Guides Changes Ownership

Post by blogger | July 15, 2007      

Among the Aspen area’s offerings of excellent guide services, I’ve always been impressed by the focus and incredibly solid safety record of Scott Messina’s Aspen Alpine Guides (AAG). Though the years, Scott became the word in guiding the 10th Mountain Huts, as well as showing an inspired dedication to the educational and field maintenance services of the 10th Mountain Hut Association. Indeed, if you’ve enjoyed backcountry skiing at the 10th Mountain Huts over the past decades, know that much of what you enjoyed is there because of Scott’s hard work. Thus, it’s worth mentioning here that Scott has sold AAG to a trio of outdoorsmen who come from a background of mountaineering education that’s truly impressive, especially their NOLS component. Here is the press release:

ASPEN- After hundreds of ascents of 14,000-foot-peaks and shear rock faces, Aspen Alpine Guides’ long-time employees reached their career summits. On June 18th 2007, Ron Rash, Tim Shortell and Josh Gross purchased Aspen Alpine Guides, a local guide service that has specialized in all-season mountain sports adventures for more than 18 years. With the same seasoned guides valley residents have come to know and trust, Aspen Alpine Guides will continue to offer single and multi-day guided mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, ski touring, snowshoeing and hut-to-hut backcountry skiing trips.

Aspen Alpine Guide’s new owners tout more than 50 years of cumulative professional outdoor experience. For more than 20 years, Ron Rash worked as an Aspen-Highlands ski instructor, Aspen Alpine Guides’ lead guide and an outdoor educator teaching snow safety and backcountry awareness. During the same time-frame, Tim Shortell logged thousands of backcountry hours as a senior National Outdoor Leadership School instructor and an Aspen-Highlands ski instructor. With a degree in outdoor leadership from Prescott College, Josh Gross has specialized in rock climbing and alpine mountaineering for nearly 10 years. While Aspen Alpine Guides is now owned by these highly-trained guides, former owner Scott Messina, who is personally responsible for the company’s success, will continue to participate as a consultant.



One Response to “Aspen Alpine Guides Changes Ownership”

  1. Toby Beavers March 21st, 2008 12:18 pm

    Just saw this, Lou. Thanks for the up-date.

    Great to know…

    Congrats to Ron Rash, Tim Shortell and Josh Gross.

    They deserve it. Tim saved my life one time years ago but I’m sure he’s forgotten…

    Aspen Alpine Guides is the best!

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