Winter Anchor Clinic

  Snow and Ice Anchors for Mountaineers

Being able to build proper snow anchors is essential if you want to travel safely over snow covered technical terrain.  The Colorado Mountain School Winter Anchor Clinic is an excellent course to pair up with the Crevasse Rescue course that is offered the following day.  This course takes place in Rocky Mountain National Park.  With its close proximity to Denver and Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect venue for such a course.  This course focuses on various knots, snow anchor principals/considerations, racking gear, building specific snow anchors, rigging snow anchors, belay and rope travel techniques.

Winter Anchors Clinic with the Colorado Mountain School in Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

We recommend that individuals come to this course with a basic understanding of rock/ice anchors.  Lastly, we recommend that individuals interested in mountaineering on their own have an understanding of rock, ice, and snow anchors.

Course Details


Basic snow skills (i.e. proper ice axe and crampon use)


8:00am - 4:00pm


8 hours

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517


With a sixteen-bed lodge available, Colorado Mountain School provides students the opportunity to spend their entire stay in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be booked separately for $40/night for CMS students.  Please call our office for reservations.


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.