Guided Backcountry and Ski Mountaineering

Why Hire a Guide-
Unlike most country's in the world, the US doesn't require any certification to take guests into the mountains.  All they need is some first aid training and permits to the land so they can operate as a commercial business.  Question:  Wouldn't you go to a Board Certified Physician for any medical needs?  This should be a standard within the Mountain and Ski Guiding realm.  
What your looking for is an IFMGA/UIAGM (Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide) or AMGA Certified Guide.  IFMGA is the PH.D. of mountain guiding and the AMGA has 3 certifiable disciplines, Rock, Alpine and Ski Mountaineering.   
When hiring a guide, it's not just about a Certification, it's about a connection, comfort and compatibility with the guide you hire.  IFMGA licensed Mountain Guides have expertise in  choosing an objective that corresponds to the current conditions, guests ability and most likely familiarity to "secret" areas to avoid the public users.  Mountain Guides not only deliver the goods in the hills, but, manage risk with extensive training in Weather Forecasting, Avalanche Education and Medical Certification.  
Vetta Mountain Guides LLC is a Colorado based guide company that operates year around in the US, Canada, and Europe.  Owners Rob Copolillo and Mike Arnold are both International Licensed Mountain Guides (IFMGA via AMGA).  They offer guided outings and trainings in Rock Climbing, Alpine Climbing, Ski Mountaineering and Avalanche Education.   Beyond the typical mountain adventures, Rob and Mikes passion for culture and community sets them aside from other outfitters.  Whether your visiting the  Museums in the Dolomites or Coastal B.C, to the fine cuisine of the local people .  Vetta will give the complete mountain experience. When's the last time you did something new? or for more information contact us at
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