Ski Guide Training
Hone your backcountry skills to a professional level by learning techniques used by internationally certified (IFMGA) mountain guides. This is a custom course so contact Joe Stock to inquire. See a posts:
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One to three days in October through July.
- Advanced downhill ability
- Intermediate to advanced backcountry skiing ability
- A strong interest to learn
- No guiding experience necessary
- Tour planning
- Guide meeting
- Track setting
- Down guiding
- Backcountry leadership
- Instability assessment
- Emergency shelter
- Belayed skiing
- Snow anchors
- Crevasse rescue
- Short-roping, short-pitching
- 1 customer: $450 per day
- 2 customers: $300 per person per day
- 3 customers: $225 per person per day
- 4+ customers: $200 per person per day
- In partnership with Alaska Alpine Adventures.
- IFMGA* guide Joe Stock
- Info packet including guide cards for students
- Navigation, first aid and repair kits
- Emergency communication and shelter
*Joe is the only internationally certified mountain guide living and working in Alaska.
Navigating in a whiteout. While GPS skills are important, map, altimeter and compass are still the roots of mountain navigation.
Building an emergency shelter for practice. Using a technique popular with mountain guides, we make a blizzard-proof shelter for three people in 25 minutes.
Noting time during a companion rescue drill.
Rappelling over a steep edge to access the powder below.
Belayed skiing to ski cut and test snow stability before skiing a 3,000-foot chute.
Guides are ready for all conditions in the field. Being prepared starts with a solid tour plan.