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

Price includes & Excludes:


  • Trained and/or certified guide
  • Group climbing gear
    • Technical hardware - climbing protection, carabiners,etc
    • Ropes
    • Technical softgoods - slings, cordellette, etc
  • Personal climbing gear
    • Harness
    • Helmet
    • Boots
    • Rock shoes
    • Crampons
    • Ice Ax
    • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe


  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517


Colorado Mountain School offers a 16 bunk lodge that is conveniently located upstairs from our office and classroom in downtown Estes Park.  The lodge features a full kitchen, WiFi, a lounge and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).


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.