Mechanized Guide School

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Mechanized Guide School 2018-09-12T22:21:15+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 and Duties – Responsible Client Care
  • Base and Flight Deck Operations – Fueling, Dispatch, Emergency Procedures
  • The Helicopter – Load Manifesting, Working around Aircraft, Staging, Time Management in the field
  • Client Care and Relations
  • Heavy Emphasis on Field Operations – Top down guiding, Hazard management, Client Management, Snowpack evaluation
  • High Angle Rescue and Advanced rescue techniques

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

2019 Locations and Dates:

North Cascade Heli
January 20-25, 2019

Points North Heli-Adventures, Inc.
March 2-9, 2019

This course has only 8 spots available. 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 top down mechanized ski guiding. This course is one of a kind and gives a potential guy the opportunity to learn from some of the very best in the industry.


  • Paul Butler – North Cascade Heli
    North Cascade Heli Guide Team (over 20 years in operation)
  • Kevin Quinn – Points North Heli
    Points North Heli Guide Team (over 20 years in operation)

Cost: $6,800

Includes all helicopter time, meals and lodging at both operations. This is a two week course and participants will have an opportunity to see two HSUS operations.

North Cascade Heli Includes:

  • Includes all meals, lodging, and aircraft time (3 full days in helicopter)
  • NCH Yurt for touring access

Points North Heli Includes:

  • Includes ALL meals, lodging, transportation and aircraft time (3 full days in helicopter)

For more details or to lock in your spot, please contact Kevin Quinn at 907-424-7991.