As more and more people travel into avalanche-prone backcountry areas each winter for skiing or winter mountaineering, guides assume significant additional responsibilities for the safety and well being of their clients. To meet these challenges, the American Mountain Guides Association has set a high standard for avalanche training in order for professional mountain guides to meet the requirements of AMGA courses and certification exams.
As a prerequisite for enrolling in the AMGA’s Ski Guide Course and Advanced Alpine Guide Course, all applicants are required to have successfully completed a Level II Avalanche Course. Typically 4 days in length, this course offers approximately 40 hours of class and field instruction, with curriculum covering at least these topics:
In addition, professional guides seeking to take advanced AMGA courses or certification exams, including the Ski Mountaineering Guide Course, Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam and Alpine Guide Exam must successfully complete an AMGA approved level III avalanche course or equivalent. Currently AAI Level III, AIARE Level III and CAA II are the only avalanche curriculum's approved by the AMGA. These courses are typically 6 days in length and provide approximately 68 hours of class and field instruction in these subject areas:
AAI Level 3
Cost: $1,000 | (+) More info here
AIARE Level 3
Cost: TBA | (+) More info here
For further information regarding AMGA avalanche training requirements or if you are interested in having your schools course curriculum reviewed for AMGA approval, please contact the AMGA office at 303-271-0984 or email@example.com