Utah & Nevada

Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School Inc. has teamed up with Alta Ski Area to offer mountaineering trips, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and avalanche courses at Alta. With over twenty years of experience guiding and instructing, Alaska Mountain Guides offers a unique opportunity to learn and explore in some of the most fascinating places in the world. In Utah, the Alta based programs explore the Wasatch Mountains, which offer some of the best snow in the world coupled with fantastic terrain and abundant sunshine.

Mountaineering Rock & Ice Backcountry Skiing
Day Trips Leadership & Guide Training

Mountaineering

The climbing opportunities in Utah are endless. The Wasatch mountains are renowned for long, high quality ice routes. Southern Utah is famous for desert sandstone spires and quality crack climbs. These climbing courses focus on teaching climbing technique, and follow a proven progression for teaching traditional lead climbing and self rescue techniques. Safety is always our highest priority.

Introduction to Mountaineering
(1/2 – Full day)
These courses are designed for individuals seeking to learn basic mountaineering skills. We will cover ice axe and crampon use, as well as basic anchors, belays, navigation, and hazard/risk assessment. The courses will give individuals…(more)

Mountaineering
(2, 3 & 5 days)
These courses are designed for individuals seeking to learn standard mountaineering skills. We will cover ice axe and crampon use, as well as anchors, belays, navigation, and …(more)

Expedition Primer
(5 & 7 days)
This course is designed for individuals seeking to learn expedition skills. It combines instruction with an exciting series of climbs that are designed to develop each person’s skill and technique. We will cover ice axe and crampon use, rope team management,…(more)

Rock & Ice

Rock Climbing
(1/2 – 5 days)
These courses are designed to give participants a hands-on introduction to rock climbing. Building solid climbing skills and confident climbers is the main focus. Trips are available in half day and one day lengths… (more)

Ice Climbing
(1/2 – 5 days)
These courses are designed to give participants a hands-on introduction to ice climbing. Building solid climbing skills and confident climbers is the main focus. Trips are available in half day, one day, two day, three day, and five day lengths. (more)

Alpine Climbing
(5 & 7 days)
The Alpine Climbing Course offers individuals the opportunity to learn and refine rock & ice climbing, and mountaineering skills. The course is designed to take skills and techniques that we have practiced and put them to use. We will attempt several climbs during the program that are…(more)

Backcountry Skiing

Our most popular trip continues to be lift accessed backcountry skiing. We provide guides, lift tickets, avalanche beacons, shovels, and access to some of the most beautiful backcountry skiing terrain on the planet. All you need to bring is yourself, your alpine, randonee, or telemark skis and your sense of adventure! No previous experience is necessary and rental equipment is available.

Lift Access Backcountry Skiing
(1/2 – 1 day)
Join us for a day of lift access backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. These mountains offer some of the best snow in the world coupled with fantastic terrain and abundant sunshine. We use the Alta chair lifts to gain our altitude and then hike out a short distance to get to the untracked powder that Alta is famous for…(more)

Alta Backcountry Skiing
(1 – 7 days)
Join us for backcountry skiing trip in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. These mountains offer some of the best snow in the world coupled with fantastic terrain and abundant sunshine. The trip begins with a day of lift assisted skiing, skills review and avalanche awareness…(more)

Ski Mountaineering
(1 – 7 days)
Join us for a backcountry skiing and climbing trip in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. These mountains offer some of the best snow in the world coupled with fantastic terrain and abundant sunshine! The trip begins with a day of lift assisted backcountry skiing instruction. At the end of the day we will head into the backcountry and set up our snow camp… (more)

Day Trips

Imagine getting to the top of an exciting ice climb or skiing untouched powder in the Alta backcountry. Take a day to brush up on your avalanche skills or enroll in a mountaineering course to prepare for you upcoming summit attempt. The Wasatch mountains are world renown for their high quality snow and incredible terrain. We have day trips and courses for all ages and ability levels.

Rock Climbing
(1/2 – 5 days)
These courses are designed to give participants a hands-on introduction to rock climbing. Building solid climbing skills and confident climbers is the main focus. Trips are available in half day and one day lengths… (more)

Ice Climbing
(1/2 – 5 days)
These courses are designed to give participants a hands-on introduction to ice climbing. Building solid climbing skills and confident climbers is the main focus. Trips are available from a half day to five days. (more)

Introduction to Mountaineering
(1/2 – Full day)
These courses are designed for individuals seeking to learn basic mountaineering skills. We will cover ice axe and crampon use, as well as basic anchors, belays, navigation, and…(more)

Alta Lift Access Backcountry Skiing
(1/2 – Full day)
Join us for a day of lift access backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. These mountains offer some of the best snow in the world coupled with fantastic terrain and abundant sunshine. Using the Alta chair lifts to gain altitude and… (more)

Alta Backcountry Skiing
(1/2 – Full day)
Join us for backcountry skiing trip in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. These mountains offer some of the best snow in the world coupled with fantastic terrain and abundant sunshine. (more)

Ski Mountaineering
(1 – 7 days)
The Wasatch Mountains of Utah offer some of the best snow in the world coupled with fantastic terrain and abundant sunshine! (more)

Leadership & Guide Training

The International Wilderness Leadership School is a division of Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing school. IWLS leadership programs take place in some of the worlds most alluring wilderness areas and include technical training in: alpine mountaineering, sea kayaking, rafting, canoeing, rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing/ snowboarding, backpacking and more.

Backpacking & Canyoneering
(12 & 24 days)
This leadership training course is a wilderness expedition into the heart of canyon country. It is focused on creating professional outdoor leaders who are safe, efficient, and confident in the desert environment. (more)

Mountaineering
(12 & 24 days)
This course is one of the most comprehensive mountaineering programs we offer. It is designed to create strong leaders who are safe, efficient, and confident in the mountain environment. (more)

Rock & Ice Climbing
(12 days)
This course gives students experience and skills towards developing the skills to guide in the vertical world. (more)

Ski/Snowboard Mountaineering
(12 & 24 days)
Students will develop avalanche safety skills, ski steep chutes, and develop a comprehensive skill set for leading and guiding on skis in a mountain environment. (more)

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