Be inspired by a selection of world - class mountain adventures
that have been carefully designed by our guides. Find here detailed
information and beautiful pictures highlighting this seasons
classic ski touring, mountaineering,
rock and ice climbing routes and trips.
We are a small, highly specialized mountain school and guide service. Providing superior quality skills courses and trips in Mountaineering, Backcountry skiing, Rock climbing, Ice climbing and the Mountain Safety/Technical fields.
At MSA, we strive for perfection in everything we do. Your safety, enjoyment and achieving your objectives are paramount.
Our uncompromising approach, unrivalled experience, exacting standards and passion for what we do, this is what makes MSA unique and a clear choice for those serious about their mountain endeavors.
We are headquartered in Canmore, Alberta – the Canadian Rockies.
Whatever your passion and ability level; your affinity towards rock, ice, and/or snow; or your needs for adrenaline, challenge, scenery, and laughter, we have a course, a trip and a guide for you. Enjoy our website and we hope to see you soon.
A warm welcome to the Mountain Skills Academy,
I am the founder of Mountain Skills Academy, its owner and operator. I also do the majority of the work and occasionally contract independent guides to teach courses and guide private trips. Climbing and skiing are my passions, Mountain Guiding my chosen vocation and MSA the culmination of these.
The mountains have always been a way of life for me. They have defined who I am, challenged my being and through them I have found great reward. Over the years my commitment to them has been nothing but total. Over the globe I have chased the summits, tested my skills against the great glacial ranges, established many first ascents and descents - in all the mountain disciplines. After earning my trade’s highest certification, I then worked the world over mainly focusing my time between the Alps and the Rockies. Throughout this time I was contracted and employed by over 20 guiding operations in three different continents. All the while never losing for a second my drive and devotion to the mountain lifestyle.
All of this culminated to achieving my greatest dreams of all; becoming a high achieving mountain guide, creating the worlds most select mountain school and trips provider and supporting my family doing what I love. MSA was designed for those, who like me, make the mountains their passion and take their mountain endeavors seriously.
I have gone to great lengths to carefully craft what I believe is the very best mountain skills curriculum found to date. This is based on years of personal and professional experience, exhaustive study and total dedication to the task. I have cultivated select trips that amazed me and are sure to delight you. I am proud to say that you can expect our courses and trips to be of the highest degree in quality and value – our good reputation counts on it and I would never have it any other way.
ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide
MSA Chief Guide