Senior Alpine Guide / Manager Lone Pine Operations
Neil has over 16 years experience guiding for SWS, he oversees & manages our Lone Pine operations.
Neil Woodruff began his outdoor career as a child learning North American plants and animals from his family members whose background included biology, botany, farmers,hunters, and gun makers. Since then he has expanded his North American knowledge as well as studying African and South American ecosystems.Neil currently divides his year between California and Wyoming. In California Neil primarily works for SWS Mountain Guides where he guides: mountaineering , alpine rock climbs, rock climbing courses, survival courses, spring ski/snowboard mountaineering, and the occasional winter ascent in the Sierra Nevada. He winters in Jackson, WY where he teaches snowboarding and skiing for Jackson Hole Ski Area, also serving as a staff trainer. Neil has also worked for various California and East Coast Ski Resorts, as well as internationally in Portillo, Chile. Since 2007 he has served as a clinician for PSIA-w specializing in adaptive sports. Most recently Neil moonlighted as a consultant and instructor with the Foundacion Deporte y Desafio in the first Spanish accreditation of Adaptive Snowboard Instructors, an event held in preparation for the 2015 Universiada de Invierno (Winter World Student Games) in Granada. In his spare time Neil has developed sport, aid, and traditional climbing routes in California from Mt. Shasta to Lone Pine as well as trekking routes in Kenya. Neil certifications include: AASI Level III Snowboard instructor, PSIA Level III Adaptive Instructor (one of four persons to receive this certification on a snowboard), PSIA Level I Alpine Ski Instructor, and Children's Specialist Level II. Neil also possess Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace, and AAA Avalanche II certifications, as well as the AMGA Ski Guides Course and AMGA Rock Guides Course. ADA Specialist.