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A new way to book a guide or instructor
Saturday January 30, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

A new online service, Ongosa, has been launched to help people hook up with the best guides and instructors in the mountains.

The company, Ongosa, aims to take the hassle and risk out of finding the best professionals in the mountains.

In the internet age it aims to hook up clients with top quality instructors and guides.

The clients benefit as they can find guides & instructors based on their personal selection criteria - sport, geography, language, fitness and skill level and reviews.

They can view content, plan routes, share ideas with their group and guide.

Guides benefit as they can connect directly with potential clients and view their history allowing them to gauge expertise and tailor trips.

It has a list of handpicked pros to help people find the best.

There are female mountain guides, snowboard/split-board specialists, backcountry training, elite BASI trainers, the perfect kids' instructors: all across some of the most popular resorts.

The Ongosa promiseThe Ongosa promise




















Ongosa was launched in December 2015 and covers more than 30 resorts in some of the most popular European Winter destinations.

It has 65 bookable professionals online with a further 350 through telephone bookings.

Its mission is to make adventure sports more accessible by providing better access to new experiences, knowledge and terrain.

Richard Smith worked in bars across the Alps and was often asked if he could recommend a guide or instructor.

"They seemed to trust the unbiased view of a barman. I would be asked about restaurants, shops and also to recommend ski guides. For the latter, I would usually recommend independents or small companies who I knew had good reputations," said the founder of Ongosa, Richard Smith.

"If it's backcountry, remote, beautiful and fun we're into it," added Richard.

See here for a related PlanetSKI feature as Richard describes what motivated him to set up the business.

OngosaOff piste with Ongosa















"Whether a guide entirely transforms your experience off piste, or is just an interesting, like-minded buddy for the day, your relationship is important," said Richard.

"Ultimately, your instructor can have all the qualifications in the book, but if they don't teach you what you'd like to know, then it's a futile waste of your time and money.

So it's quite obvious that their local knowledge, communication, personality and itineraries will be what really affects your experience," added Richard.

Oh, and just in case you are wondering Ongosa is the Swahili word meaning to guide or to lead.

For more details then see here.
















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