Guide Services


Black Diamond has partnered with various guide services who offer the finest instruction and guided climbing and ski trips. Our preferred Black Diamond guide partners exclusively use Black Diamond equipment for all of their services. In addition to our partners, we also have an extensive list of guide services we recommend for other custom guided trips and climbing or skiing instruction.


Preferred Guide Partners


Acadia Mountain Guides
Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is a full service climbing school offering instruction and guiding in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, avalanche education, backcountry skiing, instructor training, and wilderness medicine. Based in Acadia National Park we offer programs throughout Maine and New Hampshire and a variety of destination trips including Ecuador, Aconcagua, Mexican Volcanoes, China, Alaska, Canada, Joshua Tree, and Red Rocks.

The school is accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association and owned by an IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide. Our staff are highly experienced guides enjoy sharing the mountain world. All have received specialized training in safety and instructional techniques.

Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School, Inc.
Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School, Inc. (AMG) is a comprehensive guide service, climbing school and outdoor education center. They offer extensive programs including expeditions on the world's highest mountains, multi-sport trips and wilderness adventures in some of the planets most remote areas. For more information, visit their website via the link above.

Andes Mountain Guides
Guiding Expeditions to the Highest Most Remote Places on Earth. Andes Mountain Guides plans and runs international climbing, trekking, and skiing trips to destinations all over the world. We specialize in guiding expeditions to Aconcagua, Northern and Southern Patagonia the Peruvian Andes, Chile, Argentina, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Mexico as well as the Pyrenees and other climbing, trekking, and skiing destinations in Europe. AMG was born when an international group of guides came together with the objective of offering world-class guiding services around the globe. Whether climbing the challenging high central Andean peaks, exploring the wilds of Patagonia, skiing untracked powder, or trekking to the most remote corners of the earth Andes Mountain Guides can take you there.

Crested Butte Mountain Guides
Crested Butte Mountain Guides have over fifteen years of experience working and playing in the Elk Mountains of Colorado, and we specialize in a personal and customized trip experience with us. We hold a wide variety of operating permits throughout Colorado, including the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, world-renowned wilderness big wall rockclimbing destination.

CBMG supports and operates under the guidelines set forth by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). All of our senior guides, and most of our newer guides, are somewhere on the AMGA training tract towards reaching full certification in each discipline: rock, alpine, and ski.

Exum Mountain Guides
One of the top professional guide services in the USA, Exum Mountain Guides has provided mountain adventures since 1926. With Exum Guides you can create an adventure that includes rock or ice climbing, backcountry skiing, hut trip or ski mountaineering. For more information, visit their website via the link above.

Montana Alpine Guides
Montana Alpine Guides is Montana's premier rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering guide service. Our instructors are highly skilled professional guides who are dedicated to teaching the art of climbing and who provide the skills and confidence necessary for you to safely enjoy your alpine adventures. Whether climbing for your first time, learning the skills to lead climb, climbing multi-pitch granite spires and faces, pushing it to the next level, ski touring, or climbing ice in Hyalite Canyon: Montana Alpine Guides.

Mountain Professionals
Mountain Professionals is built on a foundation of over a decade of guiding on every continent on earth. From all the seven summits to the highest 8000 meter Himalayan peaks, our goal is to deliver successful mountain climbing expeditions while providing the highest quality logistics and safety. We have carefully selected specific trips that reflect the specialty of our staff so that we can offer refined, small team expeditions to a select number of clients. AMGA trained and/or certified guides.

Mountain Trip Climbing Guides
One of the most trusted Denali guide service since 1976: climbers guiding climbers in the Alaska Range and around the world on technical routes and in the big mountains. Mountain Trip is an Authorized Concessionaire of Denali National Park. For more information, visit their website at the link below.

North Cascades Mountain Guides
North Cascades Mountain Guides is a small company of guides located on the east side of the North Cascades in the beautiful Methow Valley of Washington State. We offer courses and private trips for rock climbing, alpine climbing and backcountry skiing in the rugged and spectacular "Alps of America" as well as other many other ranges around the world.  Our guides are full time, professional mountain guides whose love for the mountains is contagious.

San Juan Mountain Guides
San Juan Mountain Guides (SJMG) is the premier provider of Ouray Ice Climbing, Private Ice Guiding, Ouray Rock Climbing, San Juan Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Courses, Alpine Climbing, and Wilderness Backpacking in Colorado. Founded in 1986, SJMG is the only guide service based in both Durango and Ouray, Colorado, and is well known as “The Local Experts” for climbing and skiing in Ouray, Durango, Telluride and the San Juan Mountains. We offer personalized, professional guide services with IFMGA/AMGA Certified Guides and Instructors.

Sierra Wilderness Seminars
Whether you're interested in Mountain, Rock or Ice Climbing, Sierra Wilderness Seminars, Inc. has a course or trip for you! We've been teaching and guiding in the Sierras and Southern Cascades for over 25 years. Our courses are designed for all levels of backpackers, hikers, climbers, skiers and adventures. For more information, visit their website at the link below.

Telluride Helitrax
Telluride Helitrax has been Colorado’s only helicopter ski operation since 1982. We fly in the beautiful San Juan Mountains at the highest elevations in North America. Helitrax is a family-owned guide service, committed to an exemplary safety record and a tailored guest experience. We offer a variety of heli-ski experiences: day trips, multi-day bookings and custom tours. We welcome you to join us for an unforgettable helicopter ski and snowboard adventure in Telluride, Colorado.

Atlantic Climbing School
For two decades Atlantic Climbing School has been Maine’s premier climbing guide service, specializing in small, custom rock and ice climbing courses in Acadia National Park, and beyond. ACS is one of just 30 programs in the U.S. accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). ALL of the staff at ACS are certified AMGA Instructors or Guides, and they are proud to be the ONLY guide service in Maine to have this distinction.


BD Recommended Guide Services


Colorado Mountain School
The Colorado Mountain School has been guiding and instructing climbers and backcountry skiers for over 25 years and is Colorado's largest guide service and avalanche educator. The school is an American Mountain Guides Association accredited guide service and has more AMGA and International Federation of Mountain Guides Association certified guides than any other guide service in Colorado.

Alpine Endeavours
Alpine Endeavors is an AMGA Accredited Guide service offering instruction and guided trips for rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering. We operate locally in the Shawangunk, Catskill and Adirondack mountains of New York and offer trips to unique locations through out North America. For more information, check their website at the link above.

Golden Alpine Holidays
Offering both winter and summer alpine adventures, Golden Alpine Holidays is located in the Esplande Range in the Selkirks. GAH is a heli/hike ski operation out of Golden, B.C; access to their three huts in the Selkirks is by helicopter only. If you want to explore some of the most amazing backcountry terrain in British Columbia, visit their website at the link above.

Mt. Baker Mountain Guides
Mt. Baker Mountain Guides is proud to call the North Cascades home. Our backyard is characterized by jagged peaks, massive glaciers, and the world’s most abundant snowfall. This incredible terrain serves as our inspiration, and our mission is to “connect people with place,” via exceptional climbing, backcountry skiing, and mountaineering endeavors. Our staff serve as guides, teachers, and mentors of outdoor stewardship and leadership. We specialize in high-end, guided programs, but also offer comprehensive courses and trainings. Get the skills you need for the hills, or simply join us for an unforgettable alpine adventure.

Shasta Mountain Guides
Since 1982 Shasta Mountain Guides has offered mountaineering, rock climbing, women's specific trips and backcountry skiing and snowboarding on this Cascade jewel. As guides and leaders, we consider ourselves equal and active participants with you, willing to share our experience, knowledge, humor, and skills. You can reserve a space on one of their upcoming trips by contacting them by phone at: (530) 926-3117 or at their website:

Sierra Mountain Center
Known as the premier guides to the Eastern Sierra, the Sierra Mountain Center offers a range of trips and programs to backcountry aficionados. They strive to keep their trips small, so you can learn as much as possible from your AMGA-certified guide. For more information or to contact the center, visit their website at the link above.

Sorcerer Lodge
Sorcerer is a remote backcountry lodge located in the Selkirk Mountain Range of British Columbia, accessed only by helicopter. Offering backcountry adventurers in summer and winter, both skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the legendary Selkirk powder. For more information or to contact the lodge, visit their website at the link below.

Swiss Rock Guides
Swiss Rock Guides is an international guiding service in Park City, Utah. Offering guide services for individuals in both the Alps and the U.S., Swiss Rock Guides will customize a trip to your climbing, ski or mountaineering goals. They also offer avalanche safety courses, for all levels of backcountry experience, based here in the Wasatch. For more information, visit their website link below.