Ice Climbing Banff & Ice Climbing Canmore

At Ridgeline Guiding we offer a wide variety of ice climbing courses to fit all our guests needs; from beginners who need to start on something easy, to the seasoned climbers who are looking to improve their steep ice technique and want to learn how to multi-pitch ice climb.  All ages are welcome, though the kids get more value if they are 10 years of age or older. Ice climbing Banff and ice climbing Canmore area are some of the best places in the world to Ice climb. Within an hour or two drive, there are hundreds of routes that people come all over the world to try. You can now be one of them!

Intro Ice Teaser

Half Day Experience

Perfect for the busy vacationer or business professional who want to experience the thrill of ice climbing. The Intro Ice Teaser is a 4hr outing with two timeslots: 8am and 1pm. Alternate times can be arranged if requested.

Location

Junkyards (5 min outside Canmore)

Dates

Nov 15 – May 15 | Upon Request

Equipment Included

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, boots, belay device

Cost

$350 + GST for a 1:1 ratio; each additional participant is $75/person

Full Day Ice Fun

Full Day Experience

Great for families, friends, and corporate team building- any day of the week. Full Day Ice Fun is similar to the Ice Teaser, but being the full day option, is a better BANG for your buck!

Location

Multiple Locations within an hour drive from Canmore

Dates

Nov 15 – May 15 | Upon Request

Equipment Included

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, boots, belay device

Cost

$475 + GST for a 1:1 ratio; each additional participant is $75/person

Intro to Ice Climbing

1-Day Experiential Course

Curious about ice climbing!.. Sign up for this 1-day experiential intro ice climbing course and try this Rocky Mountain favourite winter sport. The goal is to have fun and leave you thirsty for more!

Location

Multiple locations within an hours drive from Canmore

Dates

Nov 18, Nov 25 & Jan 26

Equipment Included

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, belay device

Cost

$195 + GST for this 1-day course

Ice Climbing Course 1

Intro & Movement – Beginner Level

Spend 2 days learning how to ice climb with instruction and coaching. This is a beginner Level Ice Climbing Class.

Location

Multiple locations within an hours drive from Canmore

Dates

Dec 8-9, Jan 5-6, Feb 2-3, Mar 2-3 & Apr 6-7

Rental Equipment

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, boots, belay device

Cost

$350 + GST for this 2 day course. Minimum of 2 participants required
What You’ll Learn
  • Site Safety, Hazard Assessment, Emergency Protocols

  • Equipment & Proper Use

  • Staying Warm as an Ice Climber

  • Ice Climbing Safety Practices (ie. Belay Locations, etc.)

  • Ground School (Walking in Crampons, Ice Tool Placement, etc)

  • Knots, Belaying, Communication
  • Roped Ice Climbing Skill Session
  • Climbing w/ Direct Feedback
  • Waterfall Ice Grading System
  • Lots of Climbing and Fun!
  • Ice Progression (ie. Ice 2)

Ice Climbing Course 2

Steep Ice & Top-Ropes – Beginner to Intermediate Level

Spend 2 days learning steep ice climbing technique, how to setup top-rope systems, and more. Expand your experience with the “Draft Monday” option available during checkout.

Location

Multiple locations within an hours drive from Canmore

Dates

Dec 15-16, Jan 12-13, Feb 9-10, Mar 9-10 & Apr 13-14

Rental Equipment

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, boots, belay device

Cost

$350 + GST for this 2 day course. Minimum of 2 participants required
What You’ll Learn
  • Site Safety, Hazard Assessment, Emergency Protocols

  • Equipment & Proper Use

  • Knots, Belaying, Communication​

  • Crampon Techniques and Tool Placement

  • Ice Safety Practices (ie. Standing and Belay Locations)

  • Ice Screws

  • Top-Rope Anchors & Directionals

  • Rappelling, Prusiks

  • Waterfall Ice Grades and Guidebooks

  • Steep Ice Technique

  • Ice Progression (ie. Ice 3)

Ice Climbing Course 3

Lead Climbing – Intermediate Level

Spend 2 days with the pros learning how to become a solid and responsible lead climber. Expand your experience with the “Draft Monday” option available during checkout.

Location

Multiple locations within an hours drive from Canmore

Dates

Jan 19-20, Feb 16-17, & Mar 16-17

Rental Equipment

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, boots, belay device

Cost

$350 + GST for this 2 day course. Minimum of 2 participants required
What You’ll Learn
  • Site Safety, Hazard Assessment, Emergency Protocols

  • Knots, Belaying, Communication​

  • Ice Safety Practices (ie. Standing and Belay Locations)

  • Steep Ice Technique, Ice Screws, Anchors

  • Rappelling 

  • Fall Forces/Fall Factors

  • Mock Leading w/ Ice Screw Placement

  • Opportunity to Lead Easier Ice if Competent

  • Avalanche Awareness

  • Ice Progression (ie. Ice 4)

Ice Climbing Course 4

Multi-Pitch Climbing – Intermediate to Advanced Levels

Spend 2 days learning the skills required to multi-pitch climb longer, frozen waterfalls. Expand your experience with the “Draft Monday” option available during checkout.

Location

Multiple locations within an hours drive from Canmore

Dates

Feb 23-24

Rental Equipment

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, boots, belay device

Cost

$425 + GST for this 2 day course. Minimum of 2 participants required
What You’ll Learn
  • Emergency Protocols, Site Safety, Hazard Assessment, Mountain Sense

  • Knots, Belaying, Communication​

  • Ice Safety Practices (ie. Standing and Belay Locations)

  • Leading Steep Ice Technique & Ice Screws Placements

  • Rappelling & Prusiks

  • Avalanche Awareness

  • Thermal Layering Strategies

  • Multi-Pitch Ice Anchors & New Belay Techniques

  • Multi-Pitch Ice Experience with Instant & Positive Feedback

  • Route Planning Strategies

  • Emergency & Limited Improvised Rescue Practice

  • Ice Progression- Staying Safe

Dry-Tooling

1-Day Experiential Course

Start your season off early and join us for this 1-day dry-tooling course. This is a great way to prepare yourself for the upcoming season and feel what it’s like to place your picks when there’s no ice.

Location

We’ll either go to The Drive-In or The Playground

Dates

Nov 17, Nov 24

Equipment Included

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, belay device

Cost

$195 + GST for this 1-day course
What You’ll Learn
  • Site Safety, Hazard Assessment, Emergency Protocols

  • Knots, Belaying, Communication​

  • Best Practices (ie. Standing and Belay Locations)

  • Equipment for Dry-Tool Climbing

  • Movement Skills & Techniques

  • Direct Feedback on your Technique

  • Lots of Practice Top-Rope Climbing

  • Mock Leading upon Request

Mixed Climbing Course

Mixed Climbing – Beginner to Intermediate Levels

Challenge yourself over 2 days in the rock and ice playground of mixed climbing.

Totally Fun! Totally Worth It!

Location

Multiple locations within an hours drive from Canmore

Dates

Nov 15 – May 15 | Upon Request

Rental Equipment

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, boots, belay device

Cost

$350 + GST for this 2 day course. Minimum of 2 participants required
What You’ll Learn
  • Site Safety, Hazard Assessment, Emergency Protocols

  • Knots, Belaying, Communication​

  • Ice Safety Practices (ie. Standing and Belay Locations)

  • Equipment for Mixed Climbing

  • Mixed Climbing Techniques

  • Bolt Anchors & Anchor Cleaning

  • Practice Top-Roping Many Mixed Lines

  • Mock Leading upon Request

  • Direct Feedback on your Technique

  • Having a Blast!

Custom Course

Custom Climbing – All Levels

We can develop custom courses to fit your specific requests.​

Just Ask 🙂

Location

We can accomodate your requests.

Dates

Upon Request

Rental Equipment

Helmet, harness, ice axes, crampons, boots, belay device

Cost

TBD
  • You request the specific topics and we’ll work with you to develop a course that fits your needs.

Booking Information

Prior to booking any of our courses please review our Booking InfoAll guests must read, understand, & sign our ACMG Waiver. We will provide a copy for you to sign before each trip or course. We can accommodate equipment needs as requested. Equipment rental is not included in the course costs. Ice Climbing Course 1 – 4 are on the dates found below. The Intro To Ice Teaser, Full Day Ice Fun, Mixed Climbing Course, and Custom Courses dates are all booked upon request. If you have any question please check out our FAQ and don’t hesitate to Contact Us

*Receive 10% off when you book the Full Ice Progression (Ice 1 – Ice 4) OR book with a group of 4 or more!

GET IN TOUCH!

Thank you for visiting our site and taking the to time to send us a message. We looking forward to planning our next adventuring together!

(403) 679-9665

info@ridgelineguiding.com

Canmore, Alberta, Canada

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