Instructional Courses

Pro Guiding Service offers instructional courses for all ability levels in AIARE avalanche education, ski touring, ski mountaineering, steep skiing, alpine climbing, ice climbing and rock climbing. Most of those courses are taught in the mountains of the North Cascades National Park, on Mount Baker, Snoqualmie Pass, and the rock climbing areas of Exit 32 and Exit 38 of North Bend, Vantage and the Index Townwall.

Instructional Courses
Trad Rock Climbing Course

Trad Rock Climbing Course

$460.00
Learn how to place gear for rock climbing the right way. From ground up. It is important. Sport climbing is one thing, placing gear on lead is another. Learn how to do it safely from professional mountain guides!
Learning how to set a skin track on the North Slopes of Chair Peak

Intro to Ski Touring Course - 4 Days

$600.00

The best way to become a better backcountry skier is to take a skitouring course. The Alpental backcountry is an amzing training ground and located less than one hour from Seattle. The course is targeted at the intermediate to advanced alpine skier who would like to start venturing into the backcountry on skis. This is a how-to, when-to course and we believe that the best classroom setting is in the outdoors.

Pineapple basin (Hammerquist photo

One Day Ski Touring Course

$160.00
A safe and fun way to get introduced to the sport of backcountry skiing. You will be introduced to backcountry ski gear and the basics of what ski touring is all about while actually completing your first ski tour. All that with certified skiguides.
The value of a propagation saw test

AIARE Level 2 course

$480.00

The level 2 avalanche course is a 4-day program that builds on the level 1 curriculum, and advances the students knowledge of avalanche stability and decision making skills. This course is designed for aspiring guides, patrollers, and experienced backcountry recreationalists who are looking to learn the industry standards for recording and observing factors critical to stability evaluation.

On our way off the summit near the "Summit Crater".

Mount Baker Mountaineering School and Summit Climb

$815.00
Gain mountaineering skills including glacier travel, crevasse rescue, ice climbing on Mount Baker. Mount Baker is arguably the best location to gain intensive glacier travel skills in the lower 48 states. We offer multiple dates.
Crucial navigation moment on Mount Waddington

Advanced Navigation Course

$185.00
Navigating in the mountains is one of the most important skills a climber, mountaineer, backcountry skier or hiker can acquire. 
The course consists of an evening lecture in North Bend (WA) and a subsequent nighttime ski tour that will be conducted in the dark.
Rappelling thought the right way

Intro to Rock Climbing

$360.00

Learn the thrill of rock climbing with an emphasis on safety and skills that will allow you to enjoy the sport with confidence. The climbing areas of North Bend are located a mere 30 miles from Seattle. 

Three Day Intro to Ski Touring Course

Three Day Intro to Ski Touring Course

$450.00

The best way to become a backcountry skier is to take a backcountry skiing course. The ski touring course we offer just one hour away from Seattle in the Alpental backcountry is a stand alone course. We would like to enourage you to combine the ski touring course with one of our AIARE Level 1 courses.

Alpental Falls in amazing conditions

Ice Climbing Course

$155.00
Alpental offers excellent access to surprisingly good ice climbing and bolted mixed climbing. You'll only have to tour or snow shoe about 30 minutes to get to our training spot. Both of these very technical disciplines are fun in their own right and can be used as excellent training for aggressive alpine routes.
Compression tests made relevant

AIARE Level 1

$325.00
This course is geared around the backcountry user who does not have any avalanche safety training yet. It is a judgment-building course packed with information. You will be introduced to topics such as mountain weather, different snow packs, tour planning, hazard recognition and evaluation, snow pack analysis, transceiver search and much more.
Glacier Travel on the Quien Sabe Glacier

North Cascades Mountaineering Course

$920.00
This is the course that will give you a solid introduction to all aspects of classic mountaineering in the best venue in the lower 48 states. North Cascades National Park. The immediate access to moderately crevassed glaciers, steep climbing on great rock and exposed ridge travel make the Boston Basin area the ideal setting for mountaineering course.
Our outdoor classroom

AIARE 1 Refresher

Jan 10, 2015 - Jan 10, 2015

$175.00
There is so much good information in an AIARE L1 course, it is worth while brushing up on it.
Our outdoor classroom

AIARE 1 Refresher

Jan 18, 2015 - Jan 18, 2015

$175.00
There is so much good information in an AIARE L1 course, it is worth while brushing up on it.
pinpoint search

Advanced Transceiver Search

Jan 25, 2015 - Jan 25, 2015

$125.00
A great refresher and enhancer of your transceiver skills.
The rarely skied Chair Peak South Shoulder Couloir with the Chair Peak basin below

Advanced Ski Touring Course on Sundays

Feb 8, 2015 - Mar 1, 2015

$600.00
This four-day course will build on your previous backcountry skiing experience.
Safe rappelling techniques in Vantage, WA

Lead climbing course in Vantage and North Bend

Mar 20, 2015 - Mar 22, 2015

$450.00
The objective of this intermediate level rock climbing course is to give the course participant the necessary skills and judgment to comfortably lead sport routes at their desired level of difficulty.
fun near Heliotrope Ridge

Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course

Apr 16, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015

$720.00
Our Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course is the perfect course the already experienced back country skier who is interested in exploring ski mountaineering in glaciated terrain. It is also suited as a preparation for multi-day ski tours that are not hut supplied. The course takes place on the north side of Mount Baker on the Coleman Glacier.
basic climbing in steep snow

Ski Mountaineering Course in Boston Basin

May 7, 2015 - May 10, 2015

$720.00
Boston Basin is located in the heart of the North Cascades National Park and lies at the foot of the famous Forbidden Peak. The Boston Basin area quite possibly provides one of the best ski mountaineering course settings in the lower 48 states. You will be taught an amazing curriculum by AMGA or IFMGA certified guides.
Classic Sunny Vantage

Intro and Intermediate Rock Climbing in Vantage, WA

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015

$300.00
Summer can be slow to arrive in Western Washington, so lets take a short drive to Vantage where the sun is almost always shining!
Nils Watkins getting after it.

Kid's Rock Climbing

Jul 8, 2015 - Jul 10, 2015

$200.00
Kids ages 8-14 will learn about basic rock climbing skills, climbing etiquette and belaying techniques.
Lead climbing at the level that you are comfortable with

Lead climbing course in Vantage and North Bend

Jul 10, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015

$450.00
The objective of this intermediate level rock climbing course is to give the course participant the necessary skills and judgment to comfortably lead sport routes at their desired level of difficulty.
Advanced Kid's Rock

Advanced Kid's Rock

Aug 4, 2015 - Aug 6, 2015

$250.00
We've had great success with our Kid's Rock program and many of the kids are ready for more.
Get comfortable on Alpine Ice.

Alpine Ice Course on Mount Baker

Sep 3, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015

$655.00
This course covers steep ice climbing, anchor systems, rope handling in alpine and glaciated terrain, multi pitch scenarios, gear selection, route and site selection and much more.