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.
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
- AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock
- Ski guide field cards
- Navigation, first aid and repair kits
- Emergency communication and shelter
Does Not Include
- Transport. To reduce costs, using a rental car or your personal car is the best option.
- Lodging, food and drink. See Southcentral Alaska Logistics.
- Personal gear. See Alaska Backcountry Ski Gear List.
- Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details.