The San Juan Range of southwestern Colorado contains some of the best ice climbing terrain in North America, from long all day ice climbs deep in the mountains to a dedicated "Ice Park" with hundreds of climbs for beginner and expert climbers alike.
RMI's guides enjoy teaching people how to climb, not just how to follow a guide all day. Our low client-to-guide ratios on these courses make certain that you receive the most personalized instruction possible. Climbing movement and technique, gear use, safety and decision making are all taught and tailored to an individual's pace.
Whether you are new to ice climbing, need an ice climbing refresher after a year or two, or you would like to get onto some longer routes in the Colorado backcountry with a personal guide, we have a program for you.
These are great programs for gaining technical skills and confidence on icy terrain. We consider them essential training if you are considering a climb on the West Rib of Mt. McKinley, an ascent of Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge, or if you just want to have a fun couple of days swinging your ice tools this winter!
Colorado (December - February)
Intro to Ice Climbing
Learn how to swing those ice tools! The ideal program first time ice climbers held in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, home to some of the best ice climbing in America.
Intermediate Ice Seminar
Build your basic ice climbing skills, learning how to navigate steep ice and the techniques of multipitch ice routes. The perfect program for climbers training for longer advanced alpine routes like Liberty Ridge or McKinley's West Rib.
Private Guided Programs
Tailor an ice climbing program to your desires, perfect for detailed private instruction or climbing with friends and family.