AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

Joe Vallone

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With 11 years experience with the AMGA since his first rock course in 1999, Joe Knows the AMGA inside and out.  After becoming a Rock Certified Guide 1 year later, Joe has been involved in the TRSM(Top Rope Site Manager) now the current SPI program as an instructor since 2001.  With almost 10 years experience teaching these courses, full IFMGA certification, and 6 years experience in the AMGA Instructor Pool, Joe is one of the most qualified SPI providers in the industry. 

The phrase “in the moment” could have been invented for Joe. Colorful, focused and energetic, Joe’s qualities shine through in both his personal interactions as well as his accomplishments: He’s an IFMGA/UIAGM internationally certified guide, a professional drummer with a B.A. in music, an accomplished whitewater kayaker and a professional extreme free skier. Whether safely guiding his clients up a pitch, delivering jokes the moment his client’s carabiner locks into the anchor, or hucking big on skis, Joe possesses a unique ability to instantly shift his undivided attention to the task at hand.   Having spent his whole life living and dreaming of skiing, Joe’s competition resume is one of the most diverse you will find in Free Skiing.  From big mountain extreme comps, slope style, USSA Bumps and Aerials, and over 40 half pipe competitions, Joe truly represents the breed of an all around skier.  Averaging 200 days a year on snow, Joe can be found chasing snow anywhere, from your local urban rail, to a burly North Face in the Alps. They said it couldn’t be done, but Joe has broken the mold and is a Jibber gone Guide. Don’t be fooled, this big mountain specialist is still a jibber at heart and can still be found going big at your local terrain park.


Before graduating from Colorado State University he spent three summers in Yosemite, where he’s climbed more than two-dozen big walls. This experience took him to Peru in 2001, where he and his partner completed a major new route on The Sphinx. He’s climbed and skied throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska and the lower 48, has appeared in major and minor ski films, Chevy and Ford commercials, Powder, Freeze, and Free skier magazines and was a member of the Copper Mountain Free ride Ski Team for five years.  Joe is well rooted in the Ski Industry and his passion for the sport is as strong as they come.  He has judged 4 winter X games in the ski discipline and 4 US opens.  His favorite place to ski is La Grave, France and he has spent his last 8 winters exploring and guiding on the steep north faces and endless couloirs of this steep skiing Mecca.  He has also worked as Heli Ski Guide in the  Chugach and Alaskan Ranges.  The rest of the year, when in the U.S. he guides for the Colorado Mountain School exclusively in Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder areas. What little time he has left, he spends working for the AMGA teaching and training the next generation of ski mountaineering guides.  Find out more about Joe at