A life of skiing leads Erin Smart to the Ski Mountaineering Exam

Erin Smart

Erin Smart received the Chad Vander Ham Memorial Fund The Ski Mountaineering Exam was the culmination of the last several years of my AMGA ski guide training, and the last 25 years of my life growing up as a skier. My education as a skier and a mountain guide has been varied and engaging, and […]

Gear Review – Adidas Terrex Jacket

Our 7th Annual Snowcat Ski Day took place in January and thanks to our gracious partners over at Adidas, everyone received an Adidas Terrex Jacket to use that day. Madeline Morris attended and was kind enough to provide a review on the women’s jacket she used while experiencing the knee deep powder in Vail. Maddy’s […]

Lisa Van Sciver reflects on her scholarship-funded Rock Instructor Course

Lisa Van Sciver

Lisa Van Sciver received the 2013 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund, which paid for her Rock Instructor Course I began this year’s guiding season with AMGA’s Rock Instructor Course. This course offered me ten days of learning and working with others to enhance my guiding skills. The instructors offered a wealth of knowledge and constantly […]

Osprey Packs Named Official Pack Sponsor of the AMGA

Osprey Packs has been named the official pack sponsor of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Osprey will be outfitting the AMGA’s highly skilled Instructor Team with innovative, high quality gear carrying equipment. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with one of the most cutting-edge backpack companies in the industry,” said Executive Director Betsy […]

Error Correction: A crucial skill on the path of AMGA certification

By Henry Beyer, Program Director Each year the ranks of AMGA Certified Guides grows. Students have earned an average of 50 Guide Track certifications per year over the past four years. And this year we expect that trend to continue. In fact, a few members have already earned certifications in the Alpine, Rock, and Ski […]

Confusion on Mt. Baker Over Insurance

By Scott Massey For those of you that have summertime Temporary Special Use Permits for mountaineering on Mt. Baker, Wash., you may have noticed some language that appeared to be different from past practices regarding insurance. It reads: Liability. The holder shall have in force liability insurance covering losses associated with the use and occupancy […]

Update: AMGA Titles for Training & Certification Levels Redefined

By Dale Remsberg While many regions in the United States have seen little precipitation, Colorado experienced one of its wettest falls and is now having one of its best winters in the last decade. We’re enjoying excellent midwinter ice and now finally some deep powder skiing! We’re also experiencing significant changes with the technical branch […]

On the Web: Profiles & Q&A’s with AMGA trained/certified guides

We recently combed the Internet to find profiles on AMGA-trained and AMGA-certified guides. We found these links and photos. If you know of other AMGA-trained/certified guides who have had stories written about them, please share them with us by emailing links, stories, photos, and/or videos editor@amga.com. Adrian Ballinger has been living his dream as a […]

Durability is the Key to Success (in mountain guiding & in life)

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By Kyle Lefkoff “Contestants must be present to collect their prize money” – Peter A. Roshko, Venture Capitalist Peter and I took a ski tour in Zermatt in 2011 with our Swiss partners, Dominik Meyer and Uli Geilinger. Zermatt is the birthplace of mountain guiding, and we were privileged to have as our guide Hermann […]

Mark Kelly Publishes Ski Guidebook to the Rockies

Mark's Kelly's guidebook

AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Mark Kelly released his new ski guidebook, “Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park,” with Giterdun Publishing in November 2013. We recently caught up with Mark to chat about his book and learn more about his guiding life. AMGA: When & why did you start skiing? Mark Kelly: […]