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

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Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9

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Intro Ice Climbing Weekend - Learn to Ice Climb in the Canadian Rockies!

Join us for a fun and adventurous weekend of learning to ice climb this winter! We will visit two spectacular ice flows, often in wild canyons that are inaccessable except when frozen, and learn the skills to climb safely & enjoyably. This course is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness and a bit of determination, no previous climbing experience is required.

Instructors of this course are expert climbers, passionate teachers, and fully certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

Ice climbing course near Lake Louise, Alberta

Winter 2021/22 Dates:
  • Dec 18-19th, 2021 (5 spots left)
  • Jan 8-9th, 2022 (6 spots left)
  • Feb 5-6th, 2022 (6 spots left)
  • Mar 12-13th, 2022 (5 spots left)
Cost: $335 + GST
Maximum Group Size: 6
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. E-mail us ( and we will provide you with an electronic invoice which can be paid by credit card, e-transfer, cheque, or PayPal.
  • Remainder is due 4 weeks before course and can be paid using the same methods.
Prerequisites: Just a sense of adventure! No previous climbing experience of any type is required.
Ice climbing lessons in the Canmore and Banff area, Alberta.


Day 1 - After meeting in Canmore we will drive out to a nearby frozen waterfall and begin learning the art of climbing ice. Participants will first be introduced to the specialized gear and then spend the day learning how to use it. We will enjoy a full day of climbing with lots of turns for everyone!

Day 2 - Another full day of climbing! We will choose a location that has a number of routes of varying difficulties. Most participants find that their skill level increases dramatically on this second day of climbing and that they are now hooked on this fun sport. There may be the opportunity to try some mixed climbing on this day as well!

Optional Day 3 - Multipitch Ascent: Course participants can add on a day of multipitch climbing (longer climbs) in groups of 1 or 2 people. This is offered at a discounted rate for course participants of: $450 for 1 person or $250 each for 2 people. Please request this option in advance. See the[ice] page for more information on guided ascents. Note that you do not need any previous experience to enjoy this option, your guide will choose a climb to meet your abilities!

Ice climbing in the sun on yet another great ice climb in the Canadian Rockies!

Gear List

Use of all technical climbing gear except for boots is provided at no extra charge. However, feel free to bring your own gear if you have it! Boots can easily be rented at a number of locations and must be ice climbing or mountaineering specific boots. Rental and purchase information for boots and clothing can be found here.
  • Ice Climbing Boots
  • Small Pack (about 30 litres) - available for loan
  • Crampons - provided
  • Harness - provided
  • Helmet - provided
  • Sweater/Fleece
  • Winter Jacket or Goretex/Softshell Jacket
  • Winter Pants or Goretex/Softshell Pants
  • Long Underwear
  • Gloves (2 pairs)
  • Toque
  • Water Bottle/Thermos
  • Lunch
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