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 […]

Mountain Guide Program Prerequisites

Please read through the following courses for prerequisites. Additional information about the application process can be found at or by previewing the resume templates for each course:   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 […]

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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 […]

A New Meaning to Mentorship

men·tor·ship (n.) the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution AMGA men·tor·ship (n.) all of the above plus some added stoke and cold smoke The specific skill sets that are needed to become a Mountain Guide can be hard to learn by reading a book or watching […]

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 […]

Memorial Funds


The AMGA works with families and private contributors to establish funds that perpetuate the memories of our fallen comrades. If you would like to support one of the listed memorial funds, or would like to learn more about establishing an endowment, please contact Alex Kosseff at [email protected] Fallen Guides Memorial Fund The purpose of this fund is […]

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 […]

2017 F.O.R.G.E. Scholarship Recipient – Eddie Schoen

I would like to thank the F.O.R.G.E. scholarship fund, first and foremost, for giving me the opportunity to take the AMGA Ski Guide Course.  For those unfamiliar with it, the Friends of Rick Gaukel Everywhere (F.O.R.G.E.) scholarship fund is awarded once a year to an aspiring split board guide and covers the full tuition cost […]

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, […]