Ice Climbing Tours | Experience Climbing in Banff and Canmore
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Banff / Canmore

Ice Climbing Experience

Top Rope Ice Climbing Canadian Rockies

Summary

  • 2 or more people (cost pp): $359
  • Private group (up to 4): $720

Location: Canmore and Banff, Canadian Rockies   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Average   Ability: Introductory   Prerequisites: None  

There’s something cool about actually climbing on ice, about swinging an axe into that ice with a solid thunk, and the surprising grip one feels climbing a blue wall. Whether you have years of experience or have never ice climbed before, this tour is for you! First time climbers will be introduced to the sport, while more experienced climbers will be guided up the finest ice matching their ability and enthusiasm.

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Offered daily. Please click on Book Now to choose a date. Available November – April

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Adventure Information

Whether you have years of ice climbing experience or have never climbed before this tour is for you!

Ice forms as beautiful aqua flows, with pillars, icicles and all sorts of strange chandelier like formations that fascinate the eye. Unlike rock climbing, there are no specific hand and foot holds one must use, rather a blank canvas where one easily swings an ice axe and kicks in a crampon.

There’s something cool about actually climbing on ice, about swinging an ice axe into that ice with a solid thunk, about the surprising grip one feels while climbing up this glistening substance. Beginner ice is lower angle ice, which anyone with regular fitness can easily climb. There is also vertical, thin and even overhanging ice that can, on the contrary, provide a challenge for even the most seasoned ice climber.

There are ice climbs for every ability level.

Beginners: First time climbers will be introduced to ice climbing, its a surprisingly easy activity that anyone can enjoy.

Intermediate to Advanced: More experienced climbers will be guided up the finest ice climbs matching their ability, and all under the direct supervision of a professional ACMG guide. We also have multi-pitch ice routes and multi-day ice trip options.

A day of swinging axes and kicking crampons on beautiful blue ice!

Please enquire for special group rates.

Duration:                           1 day

Departures:                      8:00am, this trip is offered on demand

Fitness:                               Average

Ability:                               Beginner (no experience necessary)

Includes:                            Technical Climbing equipment included

What to bring:

  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Down or synthetic “puffy” insulated jacket
  • Warm under layers and socks
  • Light grippy gloves, preferably waterproof
  • Warm mitts or gloves
  • Warm hat, balaclava
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Lunch and water

If you are looking to learn the sport of ice climbing rather than just having a go at something new, we strongly recommend you opt for our 2 Day Intro to Ice Climbing Course. This course covers the same ground as Ice  Climbing Experience but includes a second day focused on building on what was learned on Day 1, lead climbing, and providing you with the skills to head out on your own.

  • 09:00 Meet at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co on Bow Valley Trail
  • Meet and greet, sign waivers, discuss current weather, local conditions, and gear check
  • Drive to field location, this will be determined by the guide on the day based on conditions
  • Lunch at around noon (not included)
  • 16:00 end of day
  • Return to Canmore

We are happy to help source any rental gear you need for your trip

hings to bring

– Mountaineering, ski or snowboard boots*

* Please let us know if you need to rent boots appropriate for this experience, and we will help arrange rentals.

– Warm clothing (wool/synthetic recommended) 

– Warm socks (wool/synthetic recommended)

– Insulating jacket (down or similar) 

– Shell jacket (Gore-tex or similar) 

– Shell trousers 

– Warm gloves and shell gloves 

 – Snacks/Lunch 

– Water 

– Sunscreen 

– Warm hat 

 – Sunglasses 

Optional: 

– chemical toe warmers 

– 30L Day pack (we can provide if you don’t have one) 

We Provide: 

– Ice Tools

– Crampons

– Helmets

– Harness

– Rope 

– Belay Device

Dates: December to March (may be a longer season depending on ice)

Ratio: Max 6:1 client to guide
Transportation: You are responsible for your own transportation. If you require transportation it can be arranged for a fee.
Food: You are responsible for your own lunch, water, and snacks
Prerequisites: None, but basic knowledge of climbing knots and safety system is an asset
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:

All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and WFR courses.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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