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.

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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 or Pro 1 required

  • No guiding experience necessary

  • Recent avalanche companion rescue practice. We will have assessment and review before our tour.

Skill Options

  • Guide gear

  • AM and PM operational guide meetings

  • Risk management plan

  • Route and tour planning

  • Track setting

  • Down guiding

  • Group management

  • Finding good snow and terrain for your client

  • Steep skiing and survival skiing

  • Instability assessment

  • Full profile

  • Emergency shelter

  • Belayed skiing and rappelling

  • Snow anchors

  • Crevasse rescue

  • Spotting, short-roping, short-pitching

  • Whiteout navigation



  • AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock

  • Navigation, first aid and repair kits

  • Emergency communication and shelter

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Photos of Ski Guide Courses and Skills

We learned a lot this winter, especially on your trip to Nome. That was a lot of fun. We got the ropes out this winter, used em a bit for belayed climbing and also lowered ourselves into a nice couloir we’ve been eyeing for a couple years, we were pretty stoked!
— Ben Rowe, Ski Guide Training 2019