Mountain guides are individuals gainfully engaged in one or several activities listed below and included in the list of licenced mountain guides:
- guiding clients on mountain trails and pathless terrain,
- guiding clients on ski touring,
- guiding clients on mountain climbing,
- guiding clients on glacier tours,
- providing professional instructions on mountaineering.
The profession of mountain guide can be pursued in Slovenia upon the successful completion of the training courses for mountain guides followed by a year of mandatory traineeship, a completed professional competence examination and subject to their inclusion in the list of licenced mountain guides in Slovenia.
When carrying out their professional services, mountain guides and trainee mountain guides must visibly display their badge and carry a mountain guide card issued by the Slovenian Mountain Guides Association (ZGVS) or the competent authority of a Contracting State.
Mountain guides and trainee mountain guides have to use flawless equipment when providing their professional services; they are also required to ensure their clients the highest possible level of safety through the proper use of equipment in all circumstances.
When providing their professional services, mountain guides and trainee mountain guides are required to:
- decide when it is necessary to use ropes and other belay devices;
- only accept as many clients as they, as guides, are able to guarantee the safety of, taking into account the duration, difficulty and type of intended tour, weather conditions, season and the abilities of the clients guided;