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When hiring an ice climbing guide we will quote you for the following costs: guide fees, transportation, park entry fees when applicable. In addition we can provide your lunches and snacks. Please ask us for a quote.  Goods & Services Tax & gratuities not included.

Our price includes instruction and all equipment. Our cutting edge equipment is selected to best enhance your experience. Key items are replaced annually with the latest models.

Please note that the minimum age is 10, minimum shoe size is US 4 (mens)

Full day
6-7 hours climbing with modern gear included (boots, crampons, ice tools, harness & helmet). GST is extra.
1 person - $495
2 people - $260 per person
3 people - $205 per person
4 or more - $180 per person

3 hours of climbing with modern gear included (boots, crampons, ice tools, harness & helmet). GST is extra. "Junkyards" location only.
1 person - $420
2 people - $210 per person
3 people - $165 per person
4 or more - $145 per person

More climbing!

Yamnuska Ice Climbing Guides and Instructors are also available for any private climbs.

Beginner Experiential Ice Climbing

For beginners, visitors, locals, families, individuals and groups.The best ice climbing in the world is found in the Canadian Rockies surrounding Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. Waterfall ice climbing is an unbelievably exhilarating sport and we invite you to experience it with Yamnuska's ice climbing guides.

Yamnuska guides and instructors are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and are among the best in their field. In addition to our technical excellence they're great communicators and coaches. They are members of a guiding team that shares current conditions and technical tips on a daily basis. Staff training and mentoring by our most senior guides ensures uniformly high standards for all of our guides. This is unmatched in the industry. Located in Canmore Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Rockies Ice we have extensive experience as ice climbing guides for virtually every ice route in western Canada.

Need another reason to try ice climbing? Check out this blog by Yam guests Kristy and Dikko as they share their Boxing Day ice climbing experience on their blog.

Daily Ice Climbing Lesson Locations

There are several great ice climbing locations that can be readily accessed for daily lessons or trips from our office in Canmore, Alberta Canada. They include: 

Grassi Lakes: "The Junkyards" 10 minutes drive from Canmore followed by a 20 minute walk. A great spot for first time ice climbers and those wishing to brush up on skills.

King Creek:  40 minute drive from Canmore in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Good beginner location for a full-day of climbing with some challenging short climbs to finish on.

Johnston Canyon: 20 minutes drive west of Banff. Good for steep climbing practice.

Haffner Creek: 40 minutes drive west of Banff. Excellent variety of steeper climbs and mixed climbs.

Guides & Guide Ratios

The "Yam Ice Team" includes some of the best ice climbing guides and instructors anywhere!  Enthusiastic and extremely talented, they hold climbing certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and from other International Federation of Mountain Guide Association (IFMGA) countries. Your safety and enjoyment are paramount to them.

The "Yam Ice Team" includes Jason Billing, Barry Blanchard, Pat Delaney, Carl Johnston, Nick Sharpe, Jesse De Montigny, Grant Meekins, James Madden, James Blench, Merrie-Beth Board, Shaun King, Jean Gamilovski, Matt Mueller, Nick Rapaich and Erica Roles.

The maximum guide to client ratio is 1:6


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