Category Archives: Skiing

How to Become a Mountain or Ski Guide

With cooler temps and fall coming in quick, people are starting to have skiing on the brain.  And with that, comes people interested in working as ski guides.  We have had at least one person a day for the last … Continue reading

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Where should I take an avalanche education course?

Backcountry skiing has increased dramatically over the past decade.  This is due to variety of factors. In response, the number of avalanche course providers has significantly gone up as well.  For example, in 1990 there were two avalanche courses providers … Continue reading

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Backcountry Access Float 32 Pack

Despite many of our perceptions here in the US, air bag packs are nothing new: they have been around a few decades in Europe.  The original concept started in the 1970s.  In 1980, Peter Aschauer purchased the patent and started … Continue reading

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Mountain Hardwear Kepler Review

When working in the mountains I need to be able to count on my gear. Wether thats keeping me dry while climbing Ice, regulating my temperature on a long touring day, or protecting me from heinous winds on summit day.  … Continue reading

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American Mountain Guides Association Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam Finished!

Well, this years first American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam (SMGC/AE) is over!  It was a great ten days of learning new techniques, refining skills already familiar with, and pushing everybody’s comfort level at … Continue reading

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American Mountain Guides Association Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam Joffre Shoulder Tour Day

Today was a tour day, and what a tour it was!  At our morning guide meeting we immediately ruled out touring out of bounds at Whistler and Blackcomb ski areas.  This was due to the patrol doing avalanche control on … Continue reading

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American Mountain Guides Association Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam Crevasse Rescue Day

Today was day three of the AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant exam. The past two days have been extremely busy! Yesterday began with a short car ride to our “crevasse” reduce site.  With a 4 meter plus snowpack, … Continue reading

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AMGA SMGC/AE Rescue Practice

Part of the SMGC/AE is a rescue exam.  There are several components to this aspirant rescue exam and today Michael Arnold a climbing and ski guide from Climbing Life Guides, Thor Husted a U.S. guide based in Chamonix France, and … Continue reading

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AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam

KMG attempts to bring the highest level of customer service, the safest trips available, and the latest in guiding techniques to our customers.  In an effort to do this, KMG guides choose to go through rigorous training courses and examinations … Continue reading

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The Five Winter Essentials

So what’s the point of giving a great tip at the end of winter? Because now is when everything is on sale!  Go stock up your winter kit for next year with some stylish new equipment!  So, you know three … Continue reading

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