Salomon Shift Review

Are you a ski patroller who needs the ability to access certain terrain with a touring binding, but the majority of your time is spent downhill skiing? Are you a mechanized ski guide and need the option to use skins in an emergency? Or, do you simply want a slick touring binding that transforms into […]

What is DEI all about?

Written by: Derek DeBruin Over the last few years, the AMGA has placed an increased focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE) in our association. We ultimately do better as an organization and in our work in the field when we are culturally competent and strive to be respectful of others’ beliefs and identities. A solid […]

AMGA men·tor·ship : 2018 TNF Mentorship Camp

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 […]

A Q&A with Alpine Mentorship Attendee, Zack Novak

1) What does “mentorship” mean to you? Has this definition changed as the result of attending the camp? Mentorship to me is the core of how mountain craft has been passed down over generations. First as Climbers and later as guides, we identify the people that we want to learn from and through a medley […]

2018 Legislative Recap

            The AMGA was pleased to announce the introduction of the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act (PLROIA) in the U.S. Senate on October 4, 2018. This legislation included over a dozen provisions to expedite the permitting process for outfitters, guides, non-profits, and other facilitated outdoor recreation providers. Once the […]

USFS Permit Renewal FAQ

        Q: I have a temporary permit to offer avalanche courses this winter. Can I renew the permit when it expires at the end of the season? A: Forest Service temporary permits are issued for a maximum of 180 days. When the permit term ends, the permit automatically expires. Temporary permits cannot […]

New Legislation Seeks to Improve Permitting System

Outdoor organizations and businesses across the country praised Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today for introducing the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act (PLROIA). This bipartisan legislation makes changes to the outfitter and guide permitting systems of the federal land agencies to make permits easier for outfitters and guides to […]

2018 Regional Event – Boulder | Photo Gallery

American Mountain Guides Association Announces Angela Hawse as new Board of Directors President

Hawse brings more than 35-years of guiding and leadership experience to the position Boulder, COLO. (October 29, 2018) – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), an educational non-profit dedicated to supporting and furthering the profession of American mountain guiding, has named veteran guide and industry leader Angela Hawse as President of its Board of Directors. […]

Top 5 Tips for Permit Applications

          1. Meet with your land manager in person before submitting your application. This will show your commitment to building a relationship and being a good partner. 2. Demonstrate you are committed to resource protection. Describe in detail how you will apply each of the 7 LNT principles in your operation. […]