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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Intermediate Ice Climbing Weekends in the Canadian Rockies!

Take your ice climbing to the next level with this fun weekend of climbing & learning new skills! This course is perfect for those who have already done an intro ice course once or twice or have the equivilant experience.

Learning to climb steep ice at Haffner Creek, BC

Winter 2021/22 Dates:
  • Dec 11-12th, 2021 (2 spots left**)
  • Jan 22-23rd, 2022 (3 spots left)
  • Jan 29-30th, 2022 (4 spots left)
  • Mar 5-6th, 2022 (4 spots left)
**Remaining spots only available for Ice Skills Week participants.

Cost: $375 + GST
Maximum Group Size: 4
Meeting Spot & Time: 7:30am in Canmore (details will be sent out to all participants well in advance)
Custom Dates: Available December - Early April for groups of 1 to 10. Inquire for pricing.
To Register:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to book your spot on this course with the remainder due 4 weeks prior to start date. E-mail us ( and we will provide you with an electronic invoice which can be paid by credit card, e-transfer, cheque, or PayPal.
Prerequisites: At least a couple days of previous ice climbing experience. Participants should also be familiar with basic climbing skills such as belaying. If you are unsure about your readiness for this course, please just send us an e-mail and we can help you decide.
Learning basic lead climbing skills on a Kananaskis Country ice climb.


Days 1 & 2 - On this course your guide will strive to provide instruction that is most relevant to your skill level. Therefore, it is impossible to provide an exact agenda, but there will be 2 full days of climbing in the Canmore, Banff & Lake Louise areas! Topics covered may include movement skills, anchor building, mixed climbing, intro to lead climbing skills, steep ice techniques, gear selection & maintenance, and just about anything else you would like to learn! Because the group size is so small, it is not neccessary for everyone on the course to be at the exact same skill level, we will choose venues that have a variety of options for climbs!

Optional Day 3 - Multipitch Ascent: Course participants can add on a discounted day of multipitch climbing in groups of 1 or 2 people. $450 for 1 person, $250 each for 2 people. Please request this option in advance. See the[ice] page for more information on guided ascents.

Gear List

Group gear such as ropes, ice tools, and carabiners will be provided by Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides. You can either bring your own personal gear or borrow most items from us at no charge. Please just let us know if you would like to borrow anything for the course. Ice Climbing Boots and clothing is not available for loan and must be rented or purchased. Rental and purchase information can be found here.
  • Ice Climbing Boots
  • Small Pack (about 30 litres) - available for loan
  • Crampons - available for loan
  • Harness - available for loan
  • Helmet - available for loan
  • Sweater/Fleece
  • Winter Jacket or Goretex/Softshell Jacket
  • Winter Pants or Goretex/Softshell Pants
  • Long Underwear
  • Gloves (2 pairs)
  • Toque
  • Water Bottle/Thermos
  • Lunch
Practicing placing ice screws on an intermediate ice climbing course near Banff.