Ice Climbing in Chamonix - 3 day course suitable for beginners & intermediates
Chamonix Valley has great ice falls of various difficulties to suit climbers all levels; from beginners to experts. The ice falls are located all over the valley with the most well known being at the Col des Montets, Argentiere, Les Houches and Servoz. The best season for low altitude ice climbing in Chamonix is from December to February.
There is also the high altitude ice accessible from the Aiguille du Midi or Les Grands Montets lift stations, which makes ice climbing in Chamonix possible all year round.
Our 3 day ice climbing course is a great opportunity for those who have never climbed on ice before or have ice climbing experience but want to refresh their technique and learn new skills.
Our IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guides will take you and your ice axes to some of the best frozen waterfalls in the Chamonix region and teach you everything you need to ice climb confidently and safely.
The course is exhilarating, instructive and a lot of fun!
If you have more than 3 days to spare we can recommend our 5 Day Ice Climbing Course in Cogne for a more complete experience. If you've already done some ice climbing and would like to build on what you've already learnt, our Winter Mountaineering Course will take you to the next stage of mixed ice and rock climbing in the high mountains and glaciers of the Chamonix valley.
We have designed this 3 days course because not everyone can afford to spend a full week away from home or work. The course is intense and it will give you the necessary skills to climb on ice confidently and safely.
We will be based in Chamonix but depending on ice conditions your guide may choose to take you over the border to Switzerland or Italy in order to find the best icefalls.
During the course you will learnHow to improve your balance and body position How to anchor your ice axes and crampons as accurately as possible Safety procedures, use of ice screws and different systems of protection Abseiling & belay techniques on ice
This course is for everyone who has been rock climbing before or has done some mountaineering. We accept beginners but it is important that people have a good level of fitness.