Climb Ice in Canada
The World’s premier destination for waterfall ice climbing, this area boasts thousands of ice climbing routes for all experience levels. The Canadian Rockies also have fantastic opportunities for mixed climbing. In fact, modern mixed climbing was both invented and perfected to its current level in the Canadian Rockies.
Ice Climbing is much different than Rock climbing in that one does not need to be particularly strong in order to climb water fall ice at a reasonably high level. A rock climber who can follow 5.9 can easily learn to follow Water Ice 5 in a few days. Similarly guests who can follow 5.7 are usually enjoying Water Ice 3 within a few hours. Colorado Mountain School Ice Climbing courses offer the opportunity to learn and hone all of the ice climbing techniques, allowing the climber to accelerate their Ice Climbing goals at a much faster rate.
Ice climbing is a fundamental skill to Alpinism. If you have dreamed of becoming and Alpinist or improving upon your Alpine Climbing skills there is no better place in the world to do it than the Canadian Rockies.
Our Canadian Rockies Guide:
Canadian Rockies courses and custom trips are held in the world best ice climbing destinations. The Canadian Rockies offer the best and most reliable ice climbing conditions in the world.
Learn all about ice-climbing in this introductory course. You’ll climb a lot, for in this sport more than most, practice makes perfect and practice keeps you warm!
Skills covered on the Intro course include:
- Techniques for climbing, belaying and rappelling on ice
- Developing a natural and efficient swing with ice tools
- Developing an accurate and efficient kick
- How to stay warm and comfortable!
- Proper equipment selection
Skill covered on the Intermediate/Advanced Course include:
- Learn to use your skeleton more and your muscles less
- Develop the ability to find rests and relax on the steepest ice
- Learn techniques to avoid over-gripping – the source of the pump
- Practice the art of swinging less and climbing more
- Learn how rock climbing skills translate to more fluid and efficient movement on ice
- Climb a lot and get expert feedback
Ability to hike ~1 mile in snowshoes
Price includes & Excludes:
Certified Mountain Guide. Price Excludes: Driving and Rental Fees.
We base our Rockies ice climbing programs out of Canmore, Alberta which is in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Meet at: 1702 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB T1W 1N5, Canada. This is a coffee shop that opens at 6AM and it is next to the gear rental store.
The Canadian Rockies are accused through the Calgary Airport which conveniently has direct flights from all over the US and other major cities around the world. We then base our Rockies ice climbing programs out of Canmore, Alberta which is in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. (Currently 1 Canadian Dollar equals 0.80 USD)
Rental Gear: All rental gear is available at a store in Canmore called Gear Up: Snowshoe and ice skate rentals in Canmore, Alberta
Accommodations vary from a basic hostel such as the Alpine Club of Canada Hostel for $30.00 (CAD) per night ranging all the way up to the World Famous Banff Springs Fairmont Hotel for $350.00 (CAD) per night. There are dozens of hotels in both Canmore and Banff that average rates of about $200.00 (CAD) per night.
All of our courses can be run as custom outings. If you're interested in a course, but it doesn't fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.