Intermediate Ice

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 similar experience.  The very small group size (max 4) allows for tons of climbing and rapid skill development!

Intermediate Ice Climbing Course in Canmore, AB

DATES 2024/25:

  • Dec 21-22nd, 2024 (4 spots available)
  • Feb 1-2nd, 2025 (4 spots available)
  • Mar 29-30th, 2025 (4 spots available)
  • CUSTOM DATES available December to March for groups of 1-8 people.

COST: $425 + GST per person

Max Group Size: 4

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 please just send us an e-mail ( and we can help you decide. 

Meeting Place & Time: Canmore at 7:00am

Book your spot: Please contact us at to get signed up!  You can join as an individual or as a group of up to 4 people.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 + GST is required to book your spot, with the remainder due 4 weeks prior to the start of the course.  Invoices will be provided with options for etransfer, credit card and PayPal.  Reading and completing a Waiver form is required to participate in all courses or trips.  A copy of the Waiver will be provided to you before booking and can also be downloaded here: CRAG Waiver Form.  Before booking you must acknowledge that you have read & agree to the Waiver form.  

Steep ice clinic course at Bear Spirit near Banff
Ice climbing course near Canmore


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, 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 necessary 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. $550 for 1 person or $300 each for 2 people. Please request this option in advance. See the ice page for more information on guided ascents.

Gear List

All technical equipment is provided free of charge except for boots. However, if you have any of your own climbing gear feel free to use it!  If you are unable to locate any of these items or have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time for assistance.

  • Ice Climbing Boots – can easily be rented in Canmore at GearUp Sports
  • Small Pack (about 30 litres) – available for loan
  • Crampons – provided
  • Ice axes – provided
  • Harness – provided
  • Helmet – provided
  • Belay Device – 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
Ice climbing course including anchor building and steep ice