SUGAR BOWL BACKCOUNTRY
ROAD TRIPS & RENDEZVOUS
SKI THE WORLD
YOUTH SKI MOUNTAINEERING
AIARE INTRO TO AVALANCHE SAFETY
AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 1
AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 1 PLUS
AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 1 REFRESH
AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 2
AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 3
DONNER PASS ROCK CLIMBING
YOUTH ROCK CLIMBING CAMP
ROCK CLIMBING SPECIALS
AMGA SPI COURSE
MT. SHASTA CLIMBS
SNOW & ICE CLIMBING
MT. BLANC & MATTERHORN
EVEREST BASECAMP TREK
ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE CRUISE
SPITSBERGEN ARCTIC SKI CRUISE
EUROPEAN HAUTE ROUTE
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Operating under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.
Ski Guide Pre-Course
This course is designed for recreational leaders or skiers or boarders aspiring to enter the AMGA Ski Guide Course, who may not yet meet the prerequisites. It's also a great head start to help set you up for success toward your AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Certification Exam.
Taught in the North Tahoe area, beginning at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort near Donner Pass with out-of-bounds access, then onto tours of the crest peaks in the area. This course is taught by senior instructors, members of the AMGA Ski Guide Instructor/Examiner Pool.
Skills covered will include:
Skier movement analysis
Tour planning and preparation
Interpreting the avalanche forecast
Decision making in avalanche terrain
Introduction to formal observations of weather, snowpack and avalanches with documentation
Route selection/route finding
Pacing/group member spacing
Improvised rescue sled evacuation
Avalanche rescue practice
Navigation with map, compass and altimeter
Ski mountaineering skills, including ski crampons, ice axe, boot crampons, harness, basic knots, ski anchors, belaying ans ski rappeling
Gear selection for a multi-day tour
State-of-the-art ski camping technique
Plus 1-day lift ticket
March 17-20, 2019
Beginning inbounds at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, then moving out-of-bounds with avalanche safety equipment and backcountry ski equipment.
Longer day tour with tour plan and skills enroute.
Two-day overnight tour with hut and/or ski camping skills.
At least 3 years of personal backcountry ski touring experience including day tours and peak ascents.
Advanced/expert skier skiing at or near the AMGA Ski Standard (see below).
Basic rope management skills incluing rappeling.
Excellent physical condition.
Completed AIARE Level 1 in the last 2 years. If longer than 2 years or not an AIARE Level 1, then an AIARE Level 1 Refresher course is required.
AMGA Skiing Standard
To meet the AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Standard, a candidate must demonstrate the following level of skiing skills:
Ski with a centered, efficient stance with appropriate ankle and knee flexion along with the ability to move center of mass fore/aft and laterally to maintain dynamic balance in all situations and snow conditions.
Begin each turn by noticeably moving the center of mass in the direction of the new turn.
Generate turning power from the feet and lower legs rather than from the upper body.
Upper/lower body separation with a countered relationship to create anticipation of a new turn along with precise pole plant timing and usage in all situations.
A continuum of skills blending from wedge and stem turns to dynamic, high speed, carved parallel turns with high edge angles and center of mass well inside the turn.
Controlled skiing in any situation including very steep (up to 50°) narrow chutes with the ability to bring any turn to a stop if necessary.
Rhythm and flow in turn-to-turn skiing with a guide's pack or multi-day pack.
To enter the AMGA Ski Guide Program, the applicant should be skiing at or very near the certification standard. If the candidate doesn't meet these pre-requisites, the Course Director will decide if they can continue with all or parts of the course and the candidate will receive an incomplete for this part of the course. They will have to be re-evaluated before being able to participate in the Ski Mountaineering Guide Course/aspirant exam.
The following videos are examples of candidates and certified guides skiing at the AMGA Ski Standard.
Short radius parallel turns
Short radius parallel turns
Short/Medium radius parallel turns
Medium radius parallel turns
Controlled Steep Skiing
Dynamic parallel turns
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