A good mountain guide can open up a whole new world of possibilities and
provide you with the most enjoyable access to skiing off-piste and in the
back-country, in the safest way possible.
The main international governing body for Mountain Guides is the IFMGA (UIAGM in French or IVBV in German). To become a fully qualified guide takes many years of training and experience in the field. A good guide will not only be highly trained in the technical side of mountain-craft but also comes with the people skills that will make your back-country adventure a truly memorable one.
A Mountain Guide will lead you to the best snow and terrain whether you are getting there using the lift system of a ski resort, or by skinning or hiking up-hill. Often a traverse in the right direction or a short hike or skin from the top of the lifts can put you in a different valley away from the on-piste crowds and where there is untracked powder a plenty.
For the more adventurous a longer skin or hut-to-hut touring can really get you away from it all, in the most inspiring of mountain landscapes. Here you can carve your way down seemingly endless glaciers, ski wide open alpine bowls or plunge down steep couloirs, surrounded by peaks and spires and often without another soul in sight.