At NCMG, our mission is to provide high quality, low-ratio guided climbing and backcountry skiing trips.  We feel that our commitment to low ratio trips (click here to read more on this), and the quality of our guides is what sets us apart from many other companies. Our guides are true professionals with decades of guiding experience.  The majority of our guides are trained and certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and the owners are instructors and examiners for the AMGA.  Climbing and skiing with a skilled guide in small groups not only increases your margin of safety, but also ensures all participants individual attention and the highest quality experience possible.

Depending on the objective, we will limit the number of climbers or skiers to guides to maintain an effective ratio. This may be as many as four guests to one guide for a toprope climbing session or moderate ski tour, while more difficult alpine ascents will only allow one climber or skier per guide. Our ratios are often 1/2 of what other companies allow. Once people have experienced the difference, very few will ever return to high ratio guiding.

We offer courses and private guided trips in rock climbing, alpine climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and backcountry skiing. Our main emphasis is on safety, fun, and learning. We forge unforgettable experiences adventuring into the challenge and grandeur of the “American Alps” and beyond.

All of our guides are experienced, professional instructors. We can customize any trip to meet your goals and create a memorable outdoor adventure, regardless of ability. Whether you choose a day of instruction at the crags, a backcountry ski excursion, an alpine rock climb on a granite spire, or a myriad of other possibilities, our courses and trips are aimed at providing you with experiences that will increase your knowledge and enthusiasm in mountain exploration and adventure.