Mike Arnold and Rob Coppolillo founded Vetta Mountain Guides in the fall of 2014, just after passing their final exam to earn international certification through the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA). They spent years training and working together, completing all their course work and exams in 2014. The pair were amongst the first 100 Americans to earn their IFMGA certification--or "pin" as it's called because of the small, silver medallion internationally certified guides wear while working.

Mike has since moved to Italy, settling in Aosta with his fiancée, Elena. He’s now a North Face athlete and has settled into Italian culture. Rob and Mike continue to work together and refer guests back and forth. If you're headed to the Alps, let us know and we'll connect you with Mike for an unbelievable adventure. 

Back in the States, Vetta continues its tradition of creating fun, memorable days in the mountains. We believe in a partnership between guide and guest, one based on safety, respect, fun, and meaningful time spent on rock, ice, and snow. 

Drop us a line and we'll get started on organizing your dream day in the hills, whether it's avalanche education, a skills clinic, or just a fabulous route or ski tour in a beautiful setting. Be in touch and let's make it happen. 

The Mountain Guide Manual , published in 2017, is now a recommended text for the American Mountain Guides Association guide programs. Vetta owner, Rob Coppolillo, co-authored the book with his mentor, Marc Chauvin.

The Mountain Guide Manual, published in 2017, is now a recommended text for the American Mountain Guides Association guide programs. Vetta owner, Rob Coppolillo, co-authored the book with his mentor, Marc Chauvin.

Rob (c) with his twin brother, Pete, and nephew, Henry, on Loft Peak. Click here to read about the kind of guiding we do.

Rob (c) with his twin brother, Pete, and nephew, Henry, on Loft Peak. Click here to read about the kind of guiding we do.

Blogging on gear, trips, and techniques from the field

Blogging on gear, trips, and techniques from the field