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When hiring a guide we can quote you the following costs: guide fees, transportation, Park entry fees when applicable, your personal climbing gear, your lunches & snacks. Goods & Services Tax & gratuities not included.

Guide Fees

1 Climber - $525/person
2 Climbers - $290/person
3 Climbers - $225/person
4 Climbers $190/person
5 or more Climbers - Please contact the Yamnuska Office

To properly manage safety there is a maximum of 2 climbers per guide on multi-pitch routes. Certain very complex routes will have a maximum of 1 climber per guide. Single-pitch instructional programs have a maximum ratio of 1:6.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Ice Climbing Season

Ice climbing in Banff, Canmore and the surrounding Canadian Rockies is typically available from late November through until April. Optimum season is mid-December to mid-March for our world famous ice climbing.

Private Multipitch & Instructional Ice Climbing

For intermediate and advanced ice climbers we offer a full ice climbing guiding service for the longer and more difficult climbs in the Canadian Rockies surrounding Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. Join a Yamnuska ice climbing guide to experience great climbing, amazing settings and adventure on the frozen waterfalls of the Canadian Rockies.

Our ice climbing guides work in the mountains year round but they live for ice climbing in the winter! The Yamnuska ice guide team is a highly skilled group of certified guides who exchange conditions information within our organization on a daily basis via the exclusive "Yam Ice Exchange". Expert ice climbers and guides, they have the most current conditions reports for climbs in Canmore, Banff, Kananaskis, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho. We have a daily check-in requirement for our ice climbing guides and safety is always our first priority. Yamnuska Mountain Adventures has a 7 x 24 duty manager who is equipped to support our guides and guests in the field should the need arise.

Most climbing trips start at our comfortable office in Canmore, Alberta Canada where our guides check conditions reports, file their trip report, and outfit you for any gear. For more involved ice climbing trips we can meet where it is most convenient for you. We have been in business since 1977 and consider our ice climbing guides experts in the Canmore, Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis, Kootenay and Yoho ice climbing routes. We have guided guests from all over the world and are well equipped to plan your whole trip if needed.

"Great private program. Learned a lot from our guide about ice climbing, technique, equipment use, anchor systems, and much more. We also did some pretty awesome climbs at a remote location not everyone gets to go to when they are learning. I would most certainly book with Yam again." - Jayme, Edmonton, AB - December 2012



Personalized instructional ice climbing programs are tailored to meet your objectives.  Regardless of your ice climbing background, Yamnuska guides are leading edge climbers and coaches who can take your climbing to the next level.  You'll receive a solid foundation in whatever aspect of ice climbing skill that you're looking to improve on.
Here are some areas that you might want to consider:

  • placement and analysis of ice screws and other anchoring devices('abalakovs')
  • techniques for climbing steep ice
  • placement of screws on steep ice
  • how to place pro on lead
  • lead climbing skills with 'mock' leads
  • dry-tooling

Our maximum guide to guest ratio on single pitch programs is 1:6.

Guided Climbs

There are many climbs to do and they are spread throughout the Canadian Rockies in our region. Several of which are minutes from our office in Canmore. Below is just a small sample of the classic ice climbs.

When making your booking you can specify the climbs you'd like to do or we can suggest ice climbs for you. The guide will retain the final say on what ice climbs are attempted as you must have demonstrated (either by having suitable prior experience or by climbing less serious objectives first) that you have the appropriate ability. Finally ice climbing and avalanche conditions must be safe. We meet daily to evaluate avalanche and climbing conditions.

Yamnuska ice climbing guides are available to guide grade 2 - 6 climbs. Surcharges will be applied to more difficult and serious climbs.

Banff Area

Cascade Falls: Scenic grade 3 route right outside Banff. Best December through to mid-February.
Professor Falls: Classic multipitch climb located near Banff beneath the imposing NE Face of Mt Rundle. Several grade 4 pitches.
Johnston Canyon Falls: These famous falls freeze over into a variety of grade 3 - 5 single pitch routes.

Kananaskis Area

Many climbs in grade 4 -5 range reached from Smith-Dorian Highway and Highway 40.

A Bridge Too Far:  300m, WI 4+
Kidd Falls: 75m, WI 4
Coire Dubh Integrale: 550m, 5.7, WI 3
Whiteman Falls:  95m, WI 6

Ghost Area

A wide range of excellent climbs reached after a 2 hour drive from Canmore. 4WD vehicle necessary.

This House of Sky:  500m, WI 3
Aquarius:  60m, WI 4
Sorcerer:  185m, WI 5
Hydrophobia:  150m, WI 5+

Field / Lake Louise  Area

A great area with lots of climbs in the grade 3 - 5 range in a small area.
Louise Falls: WI 3-5, 30 minutes walk from Chateau Lake Louise.
Guinness Gully: Above Field B.C. (20 min west of Lake Louise, 1 hour from Canmore), WI 4
Massey's: Above Field, WI 4
Carlsberg Column: Above Field, WI 5

Banff-Jasper Highway

Bow Falls: A ski access from Bow Lake of 1-2 hours. WI 4 - 5
Weeping Wall: One of the most famous ice climbs in the world, 2 hours drive from Canmore. Several lines. WI 4 - 5
Polar Circus: A world famous WI grade 5. You need to be experienced, fast and willing to pay a surcharge.

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