How to Use an Emergency Rescue Sled

When an emergency strikes, knowing how to use your gear is essential. AMGA Guide Mike Soucy shows you how to perform an independent evacuation with the help of our friends from Brooks Range Mountaineering Equipment.

Alan Rousseau – 2016 Recipient of the Doug Parker & Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship

This past August I received a phone call explaining I had been chosen for the Doug Parker & Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship for my Ski Guide Exam. I was incredibly touched that I’d been chosen to preserve the memory of these two men. Speaking with Richard on the phone, through a spotty connection, it was […]

Tico Gangulee – Marmot Scholarship Recipient

I am in no way the best skier in Houston, Texas. I can’t really say accurately that I’m the best ski guide in Houston. I am, however, without a doubt the most qualified ski guide in Houston, having passed my final AMGA exam, the Ski Guide Exam, with financial help from Marmot. My ten year journey to […]

Andrew Plagens: Forge Scholarship Video 2016

Snowboarding is one of the great passions in my life. Since the age of 4 I have had the privilege and opportunity to slide downhill with a large piece of wood strapped to my feet. When I moved to Colorado I discovered that a lot more riding existed beyond the resort and into the backcountry. […]

La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX – Review

First of all, what a great name for a great boot. I recently saw the movie Straight Outta Compton so Ice Cube is fresh on my mind. These boots are a perfect blend of performance and comfort. Initially I was worried they wouldn’t be warm enough for ice guiding in Hyalite Canyon, but I found […]

Goal Zero: Venture 30 Review

Model: Venture 30 Year: 2015 Areas Tested: All across the country and in Europe Days Tested: 7 months     Product Features; Built-In Micro USB Tip –Tangle-free charging for phones and tablets. Certified cables for efficient charging. Solar Ready™ –Built-in Charging Tip. No extra cables to lose. Charge up in 4 hours from USB – […]

Julbo Partners with AMGA for Ski Mountaineering Scholarship

Julbo USA is proud to announce they are partnering with the AMGA to award an aspiring guide with a scholarship for ski guide course. A portion of sales from Julbo’s mountain performance eyewear and goggles through will be used to support a scholarship for ski guides seeking their IFMGA certification. “Julbo is a mountain brand with distinctly mountain […]

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 […]