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96 Reviews on Trip Advisor — 5/5 Rating


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Steve S
SMG ski mountaineering camp was great. Yurts were comfortable and the food was outstanding. The guides really know their stuff and took the time to teach techniques in an easy to understand manner. Skiing was very memorable with many small and big objectives to choose from. Some days were more cases and others were intense. There is something for everybody at every ability level. Thanks for a great trip!
  Spring Ski Mountaineering Camp
Tyson S
These guys and gals are true professionals. They live to teach and provide an excellent course. I took away so much from this Level 2 and I will be safer because of it. If you are considering avalanche education, Sawtooth Mountain Guides should be your first stop. Their facilities and course materials are top notch. This course was structured in such a way that all of the little pieces are slowly brought together into a cohesive and streamlined process by the end. On top of all the great things I have to say about the company and its instructors, you couldn't take a class like this in a more beautiful location. There is amazing skiing to be had in every direction from Stanley, ID. Plus, Stanley itself is a great place to visit. I highly recommend this company for any type of guided service.
  AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course
troutbum655
The Sawtooth Mountain Guides put on a very professional and educational class. The instructors have a lot of experience and truly care that the class is both informative and fun. If you are looking to further your avalanche education do not hesitate to take classes from the Sawtooth Mountain Guides.
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
LJC_141
Even though we didn't think we were going to have great snow, our guides worked with us to find the best snow in the area. Very professional, well done, with excellent planning. During no time during the course did I feel like I was in danger at all, or even that the instructors were misguiding me. Excellent company!
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
YakAttack55
Absolutely wonderful course. They really kept everything moving the whole weekend. Provided quality information in a timely manner. I was always engaged in the experience. Lots of hands-on practice and fieldwork with just enough classroom information to keep you warm and well informed.
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
Shaw A
Just all around greatness! I took the 3 day course at Stanley, and I had a blast. I learned a lot and the guides were all great, fun, knowledgeable people. I would highly recommend this class. The guides were all very friendly people and it was truly an enjoyable time.
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
K_Wirth
I took a 3 day course with the Sawtooth Mountain Guides and it was first class. Even if you don't want to take a course, the return on your investment from spending the day in the mountains with an expert is life-changing. Summer or winter, take the time to do something out of your comfort zone using these awesome guides as your motivation. It will be worth every penny and will pay you back for years as you remember your adventures.
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
Thomas H
The Sawtooth Mountain Guides did a fabulous job teaching our group in an Avy 1 class. I was really impressed that they were able to connect with each member of a group that included a wide range of prior experience. Also, they went above and beyond in accommodating the needs of our group as we set the class up. Beautiful mountains and powder skiing didn't hurt either. Here's hoping we can get a hut trip in sometime soon.
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
Max M
I took an AIARE Avalanche 1 course with SMG, and it was excellent. The curriculum was well planned, the instructors were very knowledgeable, the material was helpful, and the skiing was awesome.

SMG was very flexible, working with us to accommodate our travel plans and meeting us a few towns over for part of the course. I had a great experience with them, and would certainly recommend them to anyone else looking for a course in the area.

And if you're still deciding on a trip destination, know that the Sawtooth Mountains are amazing. Every bit as stunning as the Tetons, with far fewer people.
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course