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.
Skiing Improvement For Mountain Guides
This special program is specifically designed for Rock and/or Alpine Guides looking to improve their skiing technical knowledge and movement skills to help them meet AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide certification standards.
The three day camp is conducted at Sugar Bowl Resort on top of Donner Pass in California's Sierra Nevada. The resort offers excellent groomed, off-piste and out-of-bounds access providing all the terrain we need for skiing improvement.
Topics covered will include:
Definition of turn types used in backcountry ski guiding applications
An understanding of the skills concept used in the American teaching system
Understanding mechanical priorities for dynamic, high speed, carved parallel turns
Developing controlled steep skiing (up to 50°) manuevers including the pedal-hop turn
Adapting technical skiing to the backcountry and high-mountain environment
Developing a framework for movement analysis to help your clients
Teaching and coaching techniques while ski guiding
Uphill touring technique to the AMGA certification standard
Does not include Sugar Bowl pass
Includes Sugar Bowl pass
Jan 9-11, 2017
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.
These are the standards that we will help you attain by taking this course.
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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"The Skiing Improvement for Mountain Guides course was great. It completely rebuilt my skiing fundamentals and left me more excited about skiing than I can ever remember being. Eric DesLauriers and Bela Vadasz have very different but complementary styles that worked very well together."
- John Bicknell
Former AMGA President
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