French National Union of Mountain Guides (SNGM in French)
When the French National Union of Mountain Guides (SNGM) was founded in 1946, guides were grouped in Companies and Offices, based in the main valleys of the Alps and Pyrenees.
At that time, a single state diploma was introduced by the French Ministry of Sport. Nearly 3,000 guides have since been trained at the National Skiing and Mountaineering School (ENSA) in Chamonix. The SNGM’s main role is to help its members professional activities through pooled provision of the key services that guides require: thirty-party insurance as well as legal, psychological and material support.