The best way to learn ski guide skills is to train with an IFMGA Mountain Guide. The IFMGA sets the highest standards for mountain guiding, accepted is all countries with a mountain guiding heritage. 

This course is applicable to aspiring guides, guides prepping for AMGA courses and exams or recreational backcountry skiers who want the notch up their skills to a professional level. Most clients are prepping for their AMGA Ski Guide Course, Ski Mountaineering Guide Course or their Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam. 

This is a custom course so please email Joe to inquire. 

Note: Joe will consider taking locals for practicum (unpaid assistant/shadow guiding) experience if you are preparing for your AMGA exam.

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One to three days in October through July. 


  • A strong interest to learn
  • Advanced downhill ability
  • Intermediate to advanced backcountry skiing ability
  • Avalanche Rec 2 required
  • No guiding experience necessary
  • Recent avalanche companion rescue practice. We will have assessment and review before our tour.  


  • Guide meeting
  • Risk management plan
  • Tour planning
  • Track setting
  • Down guiding
  • Steep skiing and survival skiing
  • Instability assessment
  • Data pit
  • Emergency shelter
  • Belayed skiing
  • Snow anchors
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Spotting, short-roping, short-pitching
  • Whiteout navigation: GPS, smartphone apps


  • 1 client: $500 per day
  • 2 clients: $300 per person per day
  • 3 clients: $225 per person per day
  • 4+ clients: $200 per person per day
  • Booking


  • AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock
  • Ski guide field cards
  • Navigation, first aid and repair kits
  • Emergency communication and shelter

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Photos of Ski Guide Courses and Skills