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Introduction to Snow Climbing Skills

What You'll Learn

If you’ve only ever been hiker or a peak trekker this is the next step in being able to access new terrain. During this Intro to Snow Climbing course participants will learn:

  • Basic use of crampons and footwork.
  • Basic movements such as kicking steps, plunge stepping, and traversing slopes.
  • Self belay, self arrest and how to use an ice ax to climb snow.
  • Basic snow anchors and rope techniques for steep snow climbing.
  • How to assess snow quality.
  • Clothing and gear selection,

After taking this climbing course participants should feel capable of climbing steep snow slopes in unglaciated terrain.

Alpine Climbing Instruction Rates and Availability

1 Instructor Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Students $329 $389 $449
2 Students $269 $329 $389
3 Students $219 $269 $329
4 Students $169 $219 $269
2 instructors to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Students $139 $169 $219

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $269/person for a total of $807. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 9AM starts for most ice climbing December through March to make the best use of time and ice conditions.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

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Follow Up Climbing Classes

Learning snow climbing technique and skills such as self arrest and anchors are fundamental skills that open the door to the next steps in alpine climbing independently. The following classes are good next steps.

Required Skills

No previous climbing experience is necessary. While helpful primarily participants must be able to take care of themselves in cold, wet alpine environments.

Best Places to Learn Basic Snow Climbing Skills

There are several locations that work well for this course due to reliable, high quality snow with minimal approaches. Conditions can change and road closures during different seasons may vary. The venues we recommend are:

Snow climbing is one of the essential skills for alpine terrain with many alpine climbs featuring significant sections of snow or ice. Without these skills many peaks are inaccessible or simply much more dangerous whereas these basic skills can make them a much more casual outing in the mountains.

Expand your Fourteener climbing season or prepare for glacier peaks like Rainier or Denali. Learning to self arrest, use an ice ax, and move efficiently is key to more safely ascending steep snow fields and couloirs.

Please note this course is only offered in select locations and frequently the best conditions for snow climbing are in the spring.