Improved Guide Experience Requirements on Denali

Denali National Park and Preserve (DENA) put forward a new, park-wide regulation in 2018 that stated all guides must climb a route before guiding it. The requirement limited guiding opportunities for guides, caused staffing difficulties for guide services, and in several cases prevented the public from being able to hire a guide for the route […]

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 […]

Meet Mike Soucy

Having self control can be overrated sometimes – just ask Mike Soucy    

Fall 2019 Guide Stewardship Events

The AMGA, local guides, and land managers have collaborated on three stewardship events at popular guiding venues this fall. Projects have taken place on the east side approach trail to Mt. Whitney (CA), the approach trail to the Liberty Bell Group at Washington Pass (WA), and at the Ouray Ice Park (CO). Groups of local […]

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 […]

The North Face | 2019 Ski Mentorship Camp Report

“I don’t want to spend 30 years figuring something out when I can learn the tricks from someone who has already spent 30 years figuring it out.  If you stack this up a couple generations it may be more like 100 years of tricks.” – Ben Markhart About AMGA Mentorship Camps AMGA Mentorship Camps are […]

Promoting a safe and supportive culture

Scholarship Report | Erin Laine | 2019 Patagonia Scholarship Recipient 3:27am. The time on my phone confirming once more that my sweaty elbows and racing thoughts were entirely inappropriate, and I should definitely be sleeping. resting up for the AMGA advanced ski guides course starting tomorrow-well today. One look at the roster and I had […]

Meet the AMGA Membership: Lindsay Fixmer

For our 40th anniversary, we sat down with some of our members in a series of candid interviews. The subjects ranged from the biggest misconceptions about guiding, who their mentors are, to why the AMGA is important. We will release a new video each month and to help kick us off, meet Lindsay Fixmer.    

SOAR Act Seeks to Improve Access for Guides

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) today praised Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for introducing the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act (SOAR Act) in the U.S. Senate. This bipartisan legislation makes changes to the outfitter and guide permitting systems of the federal land agencies to make permits easier for […]

Meet Szu-Ting Yi

She is refined and she is remarkable.