Q&A with one of the first AMGA Certified Ski Guides on a splitboard

If you were a hardcore snowboarder in the 90s it’s likely you were charging the park and pipe with distant dreams of taking your passion to the X Games. If you were Eric Layton in the 90s, you would split your own board, head to the backcountry and never look back. It’s no surprise that […]

Eric Layton and Brendan Burns become first splitboarders to pass the Ski Guide Exam

In a historical first, first Eric Layton and Brendan Burns have become the first-ever people to pass the Ski Guide Exam (SGE) of the AMGA’s Ski Guide Program on a splitboard. While traditionally aspirant guides had to go through the entire program, including the SGE, on skis, a decision made at the 2013 Fall Technical […]

Friends of Rick Gaukel Everywhere “F.O.R.G.E.” Splitboard Ski Guide Scholarship

Rick Gaukel | 02/03/1980–04/20/2013 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 and an Apprentice Rock and Ski Guide. When there was no snow, he was climbing in […]

Beartooth Powder Guides Winter 19/20 Intern

A great opportunity for someone wanting to break into the guiding industry. Cooke City, MT is a remote mountain town near the NE entrance of Yellowstone Park on a dead end road in the winter. Lot’s of opportunities for tail guiding with experienced guides and being part of the daily operations of a small guiding […]

Mountain Guide Program Prerequisites

Please read through the following courses for prerequisites. Additional information about the application process can be found at https://amga.com/apply/ or by previewing the resume templates for each course: https://amga.com/mountain-guide-resume-templates/   Rock Guide Course Prerequisites: Current AMGA member Current CPR Certification Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification or higher that meets the Minimum Guidelines and Scope […]

2017 Young Aspiring Guide Scholarship | Sarah Newsome

Hello, This is Sarah Newsome, I am currently a splitboard guide and a AIARE instructor in Lake Tahoe during the winters, and a whitewater guide during the summers.  My husband and I also own, run and operate a large blueberry farm in Pennsylvania.  The bushes go dormant during the winter, so farming works perfectly with […]

How to Prepare for the AMGA Ski Guide Program | Part 1: The Skiing Standard – by Danny Uhlmann

How to prepare for the AMGA Ski Guide’s Program First, go read the prerequisites on the program website. I want to group the items on that list into three simple categories. This article only addresses the first category. 1) Skiing standard (raw ability) 2) Skiing experience (where/what/how have you done) 3) Toolkit contents (crevasse rescue, […]

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 […]

AMGA Ski Guide

The AMGA Ski and Splitboard Guide certifications are meant for the experienced backcountry skier/rider or ski guide looking to further hone their skills in off-trail and glacial terrain. It is designed for guiding either ski tours or ski ascents/descents, on alpine touring, splitboard or free-heel equipment. Topics covered include: track setting, navigation, efficient 3rd and 4th […]

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