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.

"I will always cherish this trip. Given that so much can happen on such an outing, I think that Casey did a great job and made sure that we all returned home safely."
— Stephen J.
"The RMI team overcame weather, transportation and logistical challenges to put me on top. They never gave up on my summit bid and I'll never forget the experience."
— Jack R.
"I feel really lucky to have had this experience with RMI. Our guide team was absolutely amazing. I have been deeply inspired to continue climbing."
— John Paul G.

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.