The C9G Ice Climbing experience

The Perfect Winter Adventure for Friends, Family & Corporate Groups in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise

Come and experience a day of Guided Ice Climbing with our ACMG and IFMGA Certified Mountain and Alpine Guides at Cloud Nine Guides. 

This program is a perfect adventure day out for groups of friends, kids and families, or corporate groups who want to experience a wild and fun new activity during their time in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. 

Bookings require a minimum of 3 participants, and are confirmed based on our Guides availability. The best bang for your buck on any of our Ice Climbing Programs. 

Choose from a variety of venues and locations near the towns of Lake Louise, Canmore or Banff. Half Day and Full Day Programs available. All technical equipment included and provided in your program fee, supported by our partners at Black Diamond Equipment. 

Come try out a Half Day or Full Day Ice Climbing Experience with our team this winter!

 

  Half-day or full-day Ice climbing

CHOOSE FROM A HALF OR FULL DAY OF ICE CLIMBING WITH OUR GUIDES
 

  EQUIPMENT INCLUDED IN YOUR BOOKING

HARNESS, HELMET & ALL TECHNICAL GEAR INCLUDED - OR BRING YOUR OWN
 

  DAys AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE WINTER

NOVEMBER TO APRIL

Course Details:

 

 

ARRIVAL & PRE ASCENT

7 days in advance of your ascent our Program Managers will touch base to provide you with an update on expected route conditions, avalanche hazards (if applicable), and expected weather for your ascent day. Your Guide(s) will be in touch 24-48hrs in advance of departure at a minimum, to further discuss final logistics and your expectations, for your day with us.

Both for a Half or Full Day of Ice Climbing Experience
 
Day Starts: 
 
  • 0800hrs - You will meet your guide at the pre-planned meeting point, usually we meet at Gear Up so that mountain boots can be collected & waivers can be signed. We will bring the rest. 
     
  • 0810hrs -  A short walk to your climbing location, this can vary from 10-30 minutes walking time depending on the location of choice. 
     
  • 0830hrs - Once arrived your guide will coach you through the basics of putting your harness & crampons on.
     
  • 0840hrs - You will have a quick explanation of the technique needed to climb, along with the belaying technique.
     
  • 0850hrs - Your guide will then set up some routes for you and then will climb. 
     
  • 0900hrs - 1300hrs (Half Day)  - Commence your climbing experience.
    0900hrs - 1600hrs (Full Day)  

Throughout the day your guide will be there to offer tips and advice and ensure that you have the best experience possible. They will be able to readjust routes so if you want to try something more challenging then they will be able to. 

There will be opportunities throughout the day for lunch & breaks to ensure that you have sufficient energy levels to climb. 

 

 

 

Logistics

Logistics to consider ahead of your Ice Climbing Day Canmore / Lake Louise Course:

  • EQUIPMENT: 
    • GEAR UP
      Gear Up is located in Canmore, we recommend that you hire your Mountaineering Boots from here. 

*NOTE* - All other equipment is provided by us here at Cloud Nine Guides. 

  • ACCOMMODATION:

    Looking to get a little closer to our field day location? We suggest the following accommodation options in Canmore, Banff & Lake Louise to get you into the mountains and save yourself the drive the morning of Private Day.

  • TRIP FOOD & MEAL PROGRAMS:
    • Students are responsible for their own meals.
       
  • TRANSPORTATION: 
    • Students are responsible for their own transportation on course.
       
  • NATIONAL PARK ENTRY PASSES: 
    • Students are responsible for obtaining a National Park entry pass for their field days if required.

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
 

The following is a Gear, Clothing and Equipment list. You will be required to arrive with these items on the course.

EQUIPMENT
  • Water Bottle or Collapsible Water Bladder (1L)
  • Mountaineering boots (half or fully cramponable) (logistics for rental options)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (min. SPF 50+)
  • Camera, batteries, memory cards & accessories
  • Daypack (at minimum, 1 x 35-40L backpack. In addition a 30L option may be appropriate for some days)
  • Trekking poles
CLOTHING
  • Jacket
  • Gore-Tex Jacket (for wet weather days only)
  • Gore-Tex Pant (for wet weather days only)
  • Warm Pants
  • Buff Style Neck Tube / Headband
  • Thin Insulated Gloves (multiple pairs [3 min] for rope work)
  • Warm Mitts or Gloves
  • Synthetic or Down Insulated Jacket
  • Toque/ Beanie
  • Warm Layers
OTHER
  • Lunch 
  • Water
  • Warm Drink 
  • Hand Warmers (optional)

 

Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance

The best method to protect your investment with us should unforeseen is to purchase a Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance Policy. We strongly recommend purchasing coverage.

Lifestyle Insurance has covered many of Cloud Nine Guests on trips all over the world, and we have first hand experience seeing these policies activated by our Guests. 

Safeguard your trip costs and investment with us. Request a Quote from Lifestyle Financial.

Is this coverage required?

  • For Canadian Residents, coverage is suggested by not required to register.
  • For Non-Canadian Citizens, coverage is suggested but not required. It is strongly suggested that your policy includes Emergency Medical Coverage, unless you carry alternative policy which will respond in the event of medical emergency.

 

WAIVER - Release of Liability & Indemnity Agreement

All participants, or their legal guardians wishing to participate on any Cloud Nine Programs, must acknowledge that they have been presented this document in advance of programming, have read it in its entirety, and understand the agreement being entered into by signing. While there is no obligation to enter into this agreement with us, it is a condition of our service provision. 

   REVIEW OUR WAIVER OF LIABILITY HERE

 

Booking TErms & Conditions

Before you book your course, please review our Booking Terms & Conditions. We do not accept bookings without your voluntary acceptance of these terms. Please read carefully as these terms outline specific policies and guidance for both our staff and clients with respect to refunds, cancellations, rescheduling etc.

   REVIEW OUR BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS HERE

 

Book a free consultation

Book a phone call or video call with either of our Program Managers or with our Director of Operations.

This is an excellent preliminary step towards booking a trip with us. It allows us to better understand your requirements and needs for your desired objective. 

ORTOVOX - Proud Supporting Partner of the Outdoor Rock Climbing Series Courses
Cloud Nine Mountain Guides are Internationally IFMGA Certified
Rock Courses Supported by Black Diamond Equipment