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The Value of Certification

ACMG certification is your assurance that any member you hire has been trained and assessed to the accepted standard of an internationally recognized, professional body

ACMG guides and instructors are trained to provide experience based decision making in the field and to balance two important facets of your trip – the feeling of adventure and your safety from objective hazards. Guiding is an elegant blend of art and science – a delicate synergy of experience and intuition. One must assess factors such as weather, snowpack quality, avalanche hazard, rock fall potential, crevasse and serac danger, route or terrain selection, daylight and distance, and continuously weigh them against your capability and objectives.



MTN Guiding
An awesome small local company that focuses on ski guiding. Kevin Hjertaas and Martin Lefebvre are both impressive skiers, great teachers and overall great human beings. They also offer an online-based AST-1 this Fall. Check em out!



Darcy Chilton has been an ACMG certified skiing and hiking guide since 2000, is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and a Level 2 CSIA ski instructor. His 20 year career in the has taken him through all facets of the ski industry from operations based Avalanche Control, lodge based touring, mechanized skiing including cat and heli lodges, multi-day glacial traverses as well as a true passion for backcountry education – teaching AST 1 and 2 courses along winter camping skills, crevasse rescue and Digital Navigation courses.

Having skied and guided not only all throughout Canada and  the USA, Darcy has guided multiple trips to Japan, skied the couloirs surrounding  Refugio Frey in Argentinian Patagonia, as well as Switzerland and Italy. Grabbing every opportunity on and off the snow to embrace the landscapes and the people in these beautiful global environments.  With his no nonsense on a powder day, huge laughs and lazy laps, or big summits and big objectives – a day, a week or a road trip in the mountains with Darcy will always be memorable. More Details


Sawback Alpine Adventures Canmore

Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then we have expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine. Tom is a trained and internationally certified Mountain Guide and a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA). More Details. 


Located in Canmore, Alberta at the gates of Banff National Park, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures is one of Canada’s premier providers of mountaineering, rock & ice climbing, backcountry skiing, hiking and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies. For over 40 years, we have hosted thousands of clients from Canada and all over the world. Our brand is known for quality mountain experiences, safety and well-organized itineraries. We have some of the best mountain guides and hiking guides in the industry. All Yamnuska Mountain Adventures climbing guides are certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Check em out!