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
Pineapple basin (Hammerquist photo

1-Day Intro to Ski Touring Course - Snoqualmie Pass

$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.
Lead climbing at the level that you are comfortable with

Lead Climbing Courses 2016

$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.

Alpental Falls in amazing conditions

Ice Climbing Courses 2016

$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.
Our class room in the Alpental backcountry

Avalanche Course AIARE Level 1

$335.00
This Avalanche 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. In the AIARE Level 1, 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.
Near "Coleman-Deming Col" (9000 feet)

Mount Baker Mountaineering School and Summit Climb 2016

$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.
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 prominent climbing areas of North Bend are located a mere 30 miles from Seattle. 
Belay your partner from above in a multi pitch scenario

Squamish Trad-Rock Climbing Course

$850.00
Squamish Rock Climbing is famous for good reason. The walls of Stawamus Chief Mountain boast some of the best granite climbing in Canada, featuring anything from confidence inspiring single pitch sport routes to enormous multi-pitch crack routes. Our 3-day rock climbing course in Squamish is designed to introduce you to the craft of multi-pitch climbing using traditional gear.
On the North Slopes of Chair Peak

3-Day Intro to Ski Touring Course - Snoqualmie Pass

$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.

Pre dawn at around 8000 feet on the "Coleman Glacier"

3-Day Mount Baker Mountaineering School and Summit Climb

$490.00

Don't have enough time for our full 5-Day Mountaineering school?  No worries, gain mountaineering skills including glacier travel, crevasse rescue, ice climbing on Mount Baker, in are shortened 3-Day course. 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

$190.00
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.
Glacier Travel on the Quien Sabe Glacier

North Cascades Mountaineering Courses 2016

$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.

The value of a propagation saw test

Avalanche Course AIARE Level 2

$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 skiers who are looking to learn the industry standards for recording and observing factors critical to stability evaluation.

Trad Rock Climbing Course

Trad Rock Climbing Courses 2016

$460.00

Learn how to place gear for rock climbing the right way--from the ground up. Sport climbing is one thing, placing gear on lead is another. Take on the knowledge and experience of our professional guides to enter into trad climbing safely!

Learning how to set a skin track on the North Slopes of Chair Peak

4- Day Intro to Ski Touring Course - Snoqualmie Pass

$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.

On the Quien Sabe Glacier below Sahale Mountain

3-Day North Cascades Mountaineering Courses

$550.00

New for Summer 2016--3-Day Mountaineering Course in the North Cascades!  Where you interested in the 5-day North Cascades Course, but couldn't take the time off?  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.

Classic Sunny Vantage

Intro and Intermediate Rock Climbing in Vantage, WA

Jun 18, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016

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

Kid's Rock Climbing

Jul 6, 2016 - Jul 8, 2016

$200.00
Kids ages 8-14 will learn about basic rock climbing skills, climbing etiquette and belaying techniques.
Advanced Kid's Rock

Advanced Kid's Rock

Aug 3, 2016 - Aug 5, 2016

$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 2016

Sep 1, 2016 - Sep 4, 2016

$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.
Our outdoor classroom

AIARE 1 Refresher

Jan 2, 2017 - Jan 2, 2017

$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 21, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017

$125.00
A great refresher and enhancer of your transceiver skills.
Our outdoor classroom

AIARE 1 Refresher

Jan 22, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017

$175.00
There is so much good information in an AIARE L1 course, it is worth while brushing up on it.
The rarely skied Chair Peak South Shoulder Couloir with the Chair Peak basin below

Advanced Ski Touring Course - Sundays - Snoqualmie Pass

Feb 5, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017

$700.00
This four-day course will build on your previous backcountry skiing experience.
On the way back down the Coleman Glacier

Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course

Apr 13, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017

$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 4, 2017 - May 7, 2017

$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.