Zack Novak, 2016 Recipient of the Petzl Scholarship

I grew up about as far from skiing as possible, both physically and conceptually. No one in my family skied, and home was in Jerusalem, Israel. So I knew very well that as part of my progression down the road to becoming an American Mountain Guide would be to focus hard on the ski discipline. […]

La Sportiva, Estela Puff – Review

Tapered, stretchy wrist cuffs, a long backside to stay tucked in to your harness, and hood that fits over a helmet complete with an elastic band to keep it sticking to the front. Those are the three features I love most about this primaloft puff jacket from Sportiva. Estela has a standard cut well suited […]

Julbo Aerospace—Tested

Gimmickry! You can spot it from a mile away, usually on the Home Shopping Network, but the ski/climb/bike industries are no strangers to kooky “innovations” that are anything but. Call me a cynic, or maybe just a skeptic, but when I first saw Julbo’s new “Aerospace” goggle ($240 retail, 120g, 4.2oz, home verified) I rolled […]

Ski Crampons

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the fifth installment in our 8-part Skiing Fundamentals Video Series, showcasing the principal skills taught on AMGA’s certification courses. This week’s skill is Ski Crampons: Learn from internationally certified IFMGA mountain guide Jeff Ward as he discusses the use of Ski Crampons. Check out AMGA for more information about hiring a […]

GIRO BECOMES OFFICIAL HELMET PARTNER OF AMGA SKI GUIDE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

Giro Sport Design, the industry leader in progressive snow helmet and goggle technologies, is proud to announce its partnership with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Ski Guide Instructor Team as the official helmet sponsor for the 2015/2016 winter season. The partnership not only supports the safety and success of the AMGA Ski Guide Instructor […]

Track Setting – Improving the Skin Track

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the final installment in our 8-part Skiing Fundamentals Video Series, showcasing the principal skills taught on AMGA’s certification courses. This week’s skill is Track Setting – Improving the Skin Track : How to create a better skinning track and keep purchase while going uphill. Check out AMGA for more information about hiring a […]

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 […]

Ian Fowler, 2016 Chad Vander Ham Scholarship Recipient

I was notified that I would be the 2016 Chad Vander Ham award recipient while in a small Colorado town camping with my family. To say I was excited was an understatement! I was honored to have been selected to keep the memory of Chad alive through the scholarships. The fact that my video was […]

Stationary Turn

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the seventh installment in our 8-part Skiing Fundamentals Video Series, showcasing the principal skills taught on AMGA’s certification courses. This week’s skill is Stationary Turn: Learn how to change directions while facing downhill. This technique allows you to face the opposite direction, using very little ground to make the switch. […]

Chris Sinatra, 2015 Young Aspiring Guides Scholarship Award Recipient

Smith Rock is where I learned to climb, so many years ago.  Standing on this rim when I was 9 filled me with a sense of adventure and a yearning for the unknown that would change the course of my life.  Taking the AMGA Rock Guide Course here seemed like a perfect way to bring everything […]