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.
Crazy year. After the biggest drought on record in California, we enter late spring with a series of storms, the last two of which are the biggest of the year to date. This weather is wackbards! It’s supposed to be READ MORE
I know it’s been a long hiatus from this report skiers and snowboarders, but we wanted to keep the pictures up as long as possible from the epic 2 days of backcountry powder skiing we had reported on at the READ MORE
Hi bc skiers and snowboarders, The pictures tell most of the story. Best worst winter ever! People are asking us about where to find the goods. It is a bit tricky at the moment but if you succeed then you READ MORE
We are not parents, we’re mountain guides. Well, some of us are parents, but that’s not the point. Point is, we’re not your parents. Because we’re not parents, we can choose favorites. It’s true; we have our favorite guests. Our READ MORE
Backcountry skiers and snowboarders, Happy Friday the 13th! Well, in case you haven’t been paying attention, the Groundhog Day spell has been broken. Today is tomorrow! We had an atmospheric river weather event that put up to around a foot READ MORE
Howdy backcountry skiers and snowboarders, It’s Groundhog Day!!! Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow this morning which means 6 more weeks of winter. We had a couple weeks of it so far this season and we are looking forward to some READ MORE
Not feeling too inspired to update the last report, but I figured we all could use another shot of Groundhog Day humor. Maybe we are all becoming better people for living the same dry and stormless winter weather day after READ MORE
Hi there backcountry skiers and snowboarders. I hope you have been getting out in the backcountry lately. But not in the Eastern Sierra. Here, cold temps and north winds turned to warm temps and sun, which turned to warm temps READ MORE
It was exactly a year ago that I stood ski guiding on a 45 degree virgin slope on the Antarctic Peninsula in a decision making quandary. Doug Stoup of Ice Axe Expeditions had put together another one of his outrageous READ MORE
Skiers and Snowboarders… …that is, if there are any of you left out there. After a lot of wrangling, I was able to find one interested and available ski partner for a 3-day tour who wasn’t busy shaving their legs READ MORE
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
This year’s AK ski adventure was “all time.” I think that is the modern lingo for “best ever.” Aside from the fact that we skied perfect snow on all but 1 out of 7 mountain days, numerous descents in the READ MORE
Journey to the Black Divide- Part One UIAGM Ski and Mountain Guide, Howie Schwartz and professional skiing ambassador, Glen Plake get together for some adventure skiing in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, California, in search of “probable” first descents. READ MORE