Joey Thompson: Doug Parker & Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship

Joey Thompson has guided full time since 2002, the year he took his first AMGA course. In March 2011, he became a licensed mountain guide in the United States. On March 2, 2014, with financial assistance from the AMGA’s Doug Parker & Roger Baxter Jones Memorial Scholarship, he became an American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. He […]

What it takes: the Alpine Guide Course, 1st in the Alpine Discipline

By Andy Hansen, recipient of the Five Ten Scholarship Last month I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the AMGA’s Alpine Guide Course in Boulder, Colorado. I was also fortunate enough to have been awarded a Five Ten Scholarship, which partially funded the course. The course is the first in the Alpine discipline […]

Mike Hattrup Scholarship Recipient on the Benefits of Mentorship

By Chris Marshall, recipient of the Mike Hattrup Scholarship Throughout my career and progression to become a ski guide, avalanche forecaster, and educator, mentorship has played a crucial role in my development. I find myself seeking out mentors to pick discuss, techniques, and personal experiences, ultimately wishing to identify with, and emulate those that I […]

Making the best of 10 feet of snow during the Ski Guide Course

By Mammut Scholarship Recipient, Max Tepfer Simply put, mountains, and the sports that allow me to travel in them, are my passion. For the past five years, I’ve been building my life in such a way that allows me to pursue those passions to the fullest extent that I can. Perfecting this lifestyle is an […]

What it means to be a “pro” skier (GORE-TEX® scholarship recipient report)

By Chris Lundy, GORE-TEX® Scholarship recipient I’ve been a professional skier for nearly 15 years now. Heck, I’ve even been in two films that aired on major television. Unfortunately, I wasn’t sending some Alaskan face. You probably never saw “NOVA Avalanche!” or “Extreme Maintenance: Glacier National Park.” Even if you did (and I actually hope […]

Donny Roth Reflects on taking his Ski Mountaineering Exam

This is Donny Roth’s Chad Vander Ham Memorial Fund video application, which paid for his AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam during the winter 2014. Footage courtesy of Sweetgrass Productions, Darcy Turenne — and some of Donny’s own. This video was shot on location at Golden Alpine Holidays in British Columbia, near Haines, Alaska, and various […]

AMGA Ski Guide Course, Sponsored by Arc’teryx

Nina Hance took her Ski Guide Course January 6 – 17, 2014, in Jackson, Wyoming. Check out her piece, “Potholders,” in Issue #3 of the GUIDE Bulletin. By Nina Hance Since 17, it has been an ambition of mine to pursue AMGA certification. Last summer, after fulfilling all of the course prerequisites, I applied for my […]

Tino Villaneuva, the Advanced Ski Guide Exam, & the Five Ten scholarship

Tino Villanueva won the partial tuition Five Ten Randal Grandstaff Memorial scholarship. Over the course of this winter, I spent the months leading up to the Alpine Guide Course heli-ski guiding and preparing for the Advanced Ski Guide Course and Aspirant Exam. I was nervous about my first exam in the AMGA certification process, and spent […]

Joshua Cole on Receiving the Walker Family Foundation Scholarship

The AMGA is working to increase the professionalism, safety, and standard of guiding in our country. While the AMGA is succeeding in these aims, the culture of American guiding remains distinctly different from that in Europe and Canada. Many American guides still struggle to make guiding a sustainable profession. By donating toward AMGA scholarships, the […]

New AMGA Scholarship celebrates Rick Gaukel’s Passion for Splitboarding

New AMGA Scholarship: Friends of Rick Gaukel Everywhere “F.O.R.G.E.” Splitboard Ski Guide Scholarship TO SUPPORT THE SCHOLARSHIP DONATE HERE! Growing up riding the waves in Santa Cruz, California, Rick’s adventures eventually led him to the mountains of Colorado, always on a board: surfboard, skateboard, mountain board, wakeboard, snowboard, splitboard. He was a Certified Single Pitch Instructor […]