I was exposed to skills and techniques that I had previously been totally unfamiliar with but I now use all the time in my day to day guiding. I have always heard that the better the guide the bigger the bag of tricks and the AMGA has many tricks to teach. This has allowed for a greater diversity of work which is key to keeping guiding interesting and exciting.
— Olivia Cussen, Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
The Ski discipline is designed for the experienced backcountry skier or ski guide looking to hone their skills in off-piste and glacial terrain. These programs require a high level of skiing ability, fitness, and an expert understanding of backcountry skiing and mountain travel.
As you progress through the Ski discipline, you will cover a wealth of topics including track setting, navigation, efficient 3rd and 4th class travel, short-rope and short pitch techniques, rescues skills, and client care.
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The SGC is designed to take a proficient backcountry skier and develop the skills necessary to guide in non-glacial terrain. During this twelve-day course you will learn and develop skills that define the standard for backcountry ski guiding. These programs are held throughout the United States in areas like Aspen, Red Mountain Pass, and the North Cascades. (+) Learn More
The SMGC is a ten-day program designed to elevate your guiding skills to the highest standard in the ski discipline. This demanding and challenging program sharpens your skills as a guide and prepares you to become a Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide. The course includes an Aspirant Exam evaluation. Each participant must perform to standard and receive a Pass assessment in order to move on to the Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam. Fitness, efficiency, and strong technical skills are required for this course. The SMGC is held in world-class ski venues such as the North Cascades, La Grave, and Valdez. (+) Learn More
All of the ski programs lead to this exam. The SMGE is an eight-day assessment at the international standard for ski guiding. Aspirant guides are reviewed on technical competence, terrain assessment, route finding, technical descents and ascents, rescue skills, and client care. (+) Learn More