Who Are The Guides?
As you look for a Mountain Guide to safely lead you on an outdoor Banff adventure, there are a few things you will want to consider. Certification as an ACMG or IFMGA guide is the trade mark associations you will look for. The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides in association with Thompson Rivers University is where aspirants go to seek professional training. In Canada there are a few streams of certification guides can obtain; Ski Guide, this allows a certified Ski Guide to guide guests on snow with little technical terrain other than negotiating the snow covered mountains. Rock Guide, this lets the guide lead guests on instructional climbing courses, single pitch climbs and multi pitch rock climbs. The Alpine Guide, these guides are certified to lead and instruct guests on rock climbs, ice climbs, mountaineering and on glaciers in the summer.
The Full Mountain Guide is a guide who has completed all the above exams and has become a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations. Throughout this process a number of other prerequisite courses are required in Avalanche forecasting and advanced first aid. Alpine Air uses only ACMG aspirant guides and fully certified ACMG/IFMGA mountain guides. When an aspirant guide is leading trips they are actively supervised by a full Mountain Guide with all logistics and skill development.
Alpine Air Adventures guiding company uses only ACMG, IFMGA and CAA certified guides to assure the safest and most memorable mountain trip for our guests.
I look forward to assisting you in organizing your Banff adventure and guiding you through some of the most amazing mountains on earth!
AAA Owner & Operations Manager
IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide
CAA Professional Member