The best way to learn ski guide skills is to train with an IFMGA Mountain Guide. The IFMGA sets the international standard for mountain guides. 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 toward a professional level. This is a custom course so please email Joe to inquire. 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 or Pro 1 required
No guiding experience necessary
Recent avalanche companion rescue practice. We will have assessment and review before our tour.
AM and PM operational guide meetings
Risk management plan
Navigation and tour planning
Finding good snow and terrain for your client
Steep skiing and survival skiing
Belayed skiing and rappelling
Spotting, short-roping, short-pitching
Whiteout navigation using Gaia GPS
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.