If you want to learn how to climb ice properly, or try the sport for the first time - then heading to the alps in winter to do an ice climbing course is the way forward. Reliable conditions and short approaches allow for a maximum amount of climbing on all of our alpine ice climbing courses. Venues suitable for all levels of ability are available - including La Grave in France, Cogne in Italy and Kandersteg in Switzerland.
Ice Climbing Courses
Most of our ice climbing courses are run to scheduled dates, where single course places are available. Private Guiding is also available at all of these locations.
For a few venues we run courses as private guiding itineraries - ie you book a guide for the required number of days, then we organise you a private trip - please see individual course pages for information.
When you hire a private guide you can go anywhere and do anything you want (subject to weather, conditions and experience!) This is the major advantage of booking your trip in this way and one we feel should be fully exploited. If you want recommendations for suitable climbs then we can easily suggest a program for you - or we can plan the trip together around your chosen objectives.
When you hire a private guide you are responsible for meeting the guides expenses - ie if you wish to make use of the guides vehicle, then fuel costs must be covered. When climbing outside the guides seasonal base, you are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation costs. Typical daily costs for the guides expenses are shown below:
Based Near Guides Home - allow ~£20-30/day
Based Elsewhere - allow ~£70-80/day (to cover cost of any valley accommodation)
Please contact us for a detailed quote for your planned itinerary, including a costings breakdown for guiding fees and guides expenses.
Please remember, you need both the required fitness level and mountain experience level in order to enjoy a particular course - as our guides have to judge your abilities before embarking on any serious ascent (current weather and mountain conditions are also taken into account). If they decide that a particular objective should not be attempted, then a good alternative will always be offered. If your fitness or skills are in doubt however, we may have to exclude you from certain activities. It is very unusual for us to have to do this, but it can occur if you are not realistic about your current experience or fitness levels - or you do not prepare sufficiently for the trip.