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Profession : organization of the profession

Recognized around the world, today's guides know no  boundaries.

Quickly, alpine guides have created networks. Their profession taking them in neighbouring countries, guides exchange with their fellows information and techniques. The necessity to work in another's guide region has made it necessary to create common grounds in work ethics and commercial and technical know-how.

Zermatt, 1965.  With guide delegates from Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland, this networking dream takes place. The IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations)is born. The first statues are drafted in 1966. 

Thanks to the initiative and vision of Roger Frison-Roch (France), Toni Gobbi (Italy) and Xavier Kalt (Switzerland), the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) exists today. They made sure the profession had great freedom of expression as well as being officially recognized around the world, without any frontiers and without unecessary red tape.

In these avant-garde spirits, there were ideas of unity, not only between European countries, but throughout the world. The profession has gone beyond the rules of the European Union, beyond globalization.

Uniting at first alpine countries, IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations)is today an international organization bringing together countries such as Canada, Peru and New-Zealand. Membership is based on training, with controlled levels.

IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations)has created a small medal that allows professional guides to recognize each other and for local guides to help foreign colleagues.

IFMGA's (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) goals

  • In order to facilitate mountain guide's work abroad, adjust uniformally laws concerning their profession as well as their training and, as a result, issue an international identification card.
  • When needed, manage an arbitral tribunal with an advisory function to serve as mediate in case of disputes between members and/or third parties.
  • Study problems of general and economic nature affecting the mountain guides.
  • Encourage close comradeship and exchange of ideas among mountain guides from all nations.
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