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Born in rural western Japan, Norie Kizaki was raised in the Buddhist monastery her family has administered for generations. Leaving behind a successful international consulting career, Norie turned her passion for climbing and skiing into her profession. Norie is an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Rock Guide, Assistant Ski Guide and AIARE 1 Instructor. She guides full time for the Colorado Mountain School and spends each winter ski guiding in Hokkaido and throughout Japan.

She lives in Boulder, Colo., with her husband David and their son, Hiroyuki and looks forward to many more winters in Japan with the entire family!