Our trip design team at SMG has selected ski destinations and itineraries much like a chef chooses the ingredients for a gourmet meal. We start with only the best, and we carefully cultivate it into a potential experience of a lifetime. All of our ski programs may be customized to best suit your desires and abilities. You bring the passion, and we’ll show you the goods! Backcountry Snow Report >>
in the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite and the European Alps
On Belay! ... At SMG, we have designed rock climbing programs for all ability levels and interests. In our Courses, we examine the skills in a progressive, hands-on approach that will maximize learning potential while maximizing the fun factor. Our world-class climbing schools are based in the unsurpassed venues of the Eastern Sierra, Lover’s Leap, and Red Rock Canyon, and our AMGA Certified instructors are considered the best and most experienced in the business. >> ALL ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAMS
in the Sierra Nevada, Canada, Alaska and the European Alps
The Ice is Nice! SMG guides are the local ice climbing experts. A destination known worldwide, Lee Vining Canyon and the June Lake Area offer the finest winter waterfall ice climbing in all of California. SMG offers ice and mixed climbing courses for all levels as well as guided multi-pitch winter ice climbing. Whether you want to experience the thrill of climbing an ephemeral cascade, frozen in time and place, or just want to enjoy an accessible training ground for high peaks with top quality instruction and coaching, we have an ice program for you. Ice Conditions Report >> >> ALL ICE CLIMBING PROGRAMS
in the Sierra Nevada, Alaska, Canada, South America and the European Alps
We are proud to offer an unparalleled selection of alpine programs in the very best locations of the world. Each of our alpine programs has been carefully calibrated with its venue to yield only the highest quality and most rewarding results. Our alpine guides are trained and experienced to the highest possible degree for the trips we offer which gives us a great margin for success on challenging objectives. Alpine Conditions Report >> Discover the high and wild alpine realm with Sierra Mountain Guides! >> ALL ALPINE PROGRAMS
Sierra Mountain Guide's Current Conditions Reports are for the Eastern Sierra Nevada. We will report on conditions as we see them, or as our friends report them. Please contact us to report conditions in various locations whenever possible and we will add your comments to these reports.
Welcome to the Sierra Mountain Guides News Page. This is where you can read our blog and find out the latest about the world in which we live, work, and play. If you have any big news of your own, send us an email and we would be happy to share it here.
Sierra Mountain Guides was incorporated and named in 1997 by a group of forward-thinking veteran local and international guides based in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Over the years guides have come and gone from the group and now long time local guides Howie Schwartz and Neil Satterfield have taken the reigns of the new SMG. This team along with the guides they employ is among the most qualified and skilled in the industry, upholding the highest standards for guiding excellence in the Sierra and worldwide.
Prologue It has been 3 seasons of drought for the Sierra. This makes a skier harken back to wetter and better times. Exactly 3 years ago, Easter week 2011, Glen Plake and I went on a multiday ski tour together READ MORE
Eastside panorama: Williamson to Split in the southern zone. Since the last report conditions have changed significantly, due to a major spring thaw in the past week. Evening temps have been below freezing above 10,000′ and radiation has been cooling READ MORE
Get it while you can - Janis Joplin Skiers and Snowboarders, The first half of April generally features the maximum snowpack of the season in the Eastern Sierra. This year coverage is thin, but surprisingly adequate if you choose your location READ MORE
Hi there backcountry skiers and snowboarders! Today’s conditions report features the Bishop zone (for a change). If you are reading this then it is possible that, like us, you have not yet hung up your skis and skins and moved on READ MORE
Not to be confused with the Red Rock Rendezvous, the mass gathering of climbers and gear manufacturers which happened to be going on the same March weekend, Alex Stepanek and I went ready to get up early and beat the READ MORE
Hi there Skiers and Snowboarders. This is an addendum to the state of the backcountry report we already posted. Many of you are thinking about the spring ski options and making plans based on the current snowpack and anticipated future READ MORE
Did you catch this article in last month’s Backcountry Mag about June Mountain’s incredible backcountry and future potential? Witten by our friend and talented skier/ski writer Megan Michelson. Features quotes and photo from us. Leave a comment and we can READ MORE
The Sherwins on an avalanche course – March 16, 2014 Howdy skiers and snowboarders. We are just past St. Patty’s Day, and as an Irish citizen myself (Howie O’Schwartz is the name), I thought I would share some of me READ MORE
From March 10-13, 2014, I had a chance to spend some quality ski time with two “mates” from the land down under. JP Darby and Mike Garret were certainly Men At Work out there but they know how to play READ MORE
Hi there ice climbers! Well as you may have noticed, Our ice report got a facelift along with our entire website. Unfortunately, we are guides and are not really competent with websites. If you are reading this you may be READ MORE
Rock Creek – Pine Creek Divide, March 5, 2014 Skiers and Snowboarders! Here we are, in March of historic 2014. This is officially the driest year in California since records started being kept in the 1850′s. For all we know, READ MORE
So, something about a multi-day ridge traverse has captured your attention. Maybe it’s a 2-day itinerary on Lone Pine Peak, the 4 day version of the Palisade Traverse, or something bigger and further out there. In any case, you want READ MORE
*Sierra Mountain Guides was the first, and is currently one of the few, guide services in the US that require guides to be AMGA certified or actively on track toward certification in the guiding disciplines they work. Elevation Outdoors The READ MORE