Canada Alpine Guides - Mountaineering and Climbing in Alberta's Rocky Mountains

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Box 40087
Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9

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Introductory Ice Climbing Lessons for Beginners in Canmore and Banff, Alberta
"Beginner Ice Climbing days are a perfect choice for groups of friends, co-workers, families, or youth groups looking for a fun winter adventure!"

Learning to Ice Climb in the Canadian Rockies

Join us for an unforgettable experience this winter! Ice climbing is lots of fun and isn't as difficult or scary as you may think. We have successfully enjoyed ice climbing with groups of all ages & fitness levels, no previous climbing experience is neccessary.

After meeting at a location of your choice, we will head out to a nearby ice climbing canyon for a full day of fun. The morning will start with a lesson on using the gear and safety. Before long everyone will be enjoying taking turns climbing on routes of varying difficulty. Throughout the day your guide will continue to give advice, encouragement, and lessons on the various aspects of ice climbing.

Ice Climbing Locations
Beginner Ice Climbing days can take place at a number of areas in Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Nordegg, or Jasper. The location is up to you!

Prerequisites for Ice Climbing
Anyone with basic walking fitness and a little bit of courage can have a fun and successful day of ice climbing! For youth groups, the minimum age requirement is 12, waiver forms must be signed by a parent or legal guardian, and at least one adult supervisor must accompany the group.

About the Guides

All guides are expert climbers and are trained to a world class safety standard through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Additionally, all guides are passionate about ice climbing and strive to provide a fun and memorable experience for all.

Group ice climbing in an ice canyon near Banff, Alberta.


On request from early December until early April.


  • $500 for the first person and $75 for each additional person for groups up to 6 people, larger groups please inquire.
  • Discounts are available for families and youth groups. Please inquire for discount rates.
  • GST (5%) will be added to the total.
  • Price includes guides and use of all climbing equipment except for boots which can easily be rented for about $15/day in any of the mountain towns or nearby cities.
  • Transportation is not provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides.

Maximum Group Size: 15

Meeting Spot:
Your guides will meet you at your hotel, hostel, or location of your choice.

To Register
Please contact us for a quote for you or your group. In order to confirm your dates, a deposit of 25% will be required, with the remainder due 2 weeks prior to your trip.

What to Bring

All climbing gear such as ropes, helmets, harnesses will be provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides. Boots must be rented at one of the local climbing shops for about $15/day. Reserving boot sizes in advance is highly recommended.
  • Small Pack
  • Warm sweater
  • Winter coat & pants (or raincoat with extra sweater)
  • Gloves (2 pairs best)
  • Toque or balaclava
  • Water bottle or thermos
  • Lunch
  • Camera

Ice Climbing lessons in Banff, Alberta