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)

An RMI climber, high above the valley floor in Colorado.

Introduction to Colorado Ice

$395 2 days Difficulty:

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.

An RMI climber scaling an ice wall in Colorado

Intermediate Ice Climbing Seminar

$475 2 days Difficulty:

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

Private Guided Programs

Variable Cost 1-5 days Difficulty: Level 1 difficulty

Tailor an ice climbing program to your desires, perfect for detailed private instruction or climbing with friends and family.

"Once again the RMI Team did a superb job. A fantastic guide and excellent support by your office staff made this a fun weekend despite the weather. "
— Roland Z.
"I would like to say that I was very impressed with the overall organization and the ability of our guides to adapt to every situation and to ensure the comfort and safety of the whole group."
— Maria V.
"I write to tell you that I would not have reached the summit without the knowledge and encouragement of Melissa Arnot, the guide responsible for the rope team I was on."
— Chris K.

Our ice courses are taught in the Durango, Silverton, and Ouray areas in Colorado's San Juan Mountains. This is a program organized by Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. and led exclusively by San Juan Mountain Guides, LLC (SJMG). SJMG is based in Ouray, Colorado, and is an authorized permit holder in the San Juan National Forest, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests under priority use permit from the Forest Service, USDA.