Mechanized Guide School

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Mechanized Guide School 2017-05-19T16:28:39+00:00

The course curriculum includes operational standards in mechanized guiding common to the U.S. Heli Ski Association members and its Helicopter Standard Operating Guidelines, (HSOG).

Students will learn about and achieve a thorough understanding of:

  • Guide Responsibilities
  • Base and Flight Deck Operations
  • The Helicopter
  • The Snowcat and Snow machine
  • Client Care and Relations
  • Field Operations – Top down guiding in a faceted snow pack and maritime snow pack
  • Rescue – Industrial rigging for rescue – Ropeworks

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  • Hold a current / valid level 2 snow science certification – AAI, AIARE Medical current – EMT, WFR, OEC
  • Basic understanding of ropes and rescue techniques

2017 Locations and Dates:

  • Sun Valley Heli Skiing – Idaho : date tbd
  • Chugach Powder Guides – Alaska : date tbd
  • Majestic Valley Heli Ski – Alaska : date tbd

This course has 8 spots only. Instructors include mechanized guides with over 100 years of combined experience. Students will leave the course with a Heli Ski U.S. Level 1 Certification and a basic understanding of mechanized ski guiding.


  • Joe Royer – Ruby Mountains
  • Kevin Quinn – Points North Heli
  • Lel Tone – Chugach Powder Guides
  • Colin Zacharias – ACMG / IFMGA
  • Dave Nettle – Ropeworks

Cost: $6500

For more details please contact Kevin Quinn at 907-424-7991