The Supervising Guide on shift oversees the whole guiding program and works in coordination with the other aspects of our operations at the same time. It’s a big deal and a very big task. Imagine guiding, supervising the whole team, and being the point person for all safety operations.
The Supervising Guide ensures that all guides on shift are operating within the set standards, makes choices appropriate to the snowpack and group's makeup, and that all operational needs are being met.
The role goes way beyond just on-mountain operations during the day – it extends well into the framework of the guide's meetings and the fabric of the team's dynamics.
Supervising guides ensure that all paperwork and records are kept above standards, that guides receive required mentorship and coaching, and that all equipment is working and accounted for. In addition, a Supervising Guide must be able to direct the team in an effective manner and facilitate positive outcomes from challenging situations. The operation depends on the Supervising Guide to make clear and decisive decisions on safety and to stand by those decisions with confidence.
The Supervising Guide also works closely with the senior members of the team to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved. Baldface Guides are the gold standard of the industry and the title is worn with pride!