Vail Family Ice Climbing

Experience an exciting winter activity with Vail Family Ice Climbing with Apex.


  • Available daily


6-7 hours


  • Vail, CO (East Vail)
  • Leadville, CO (Chalk Creek)
  • Lake City, CO


  • Per person, per day, per guide. Max ratio 1:5.
  • $166 (5p)
  • $184 (4)
  • $194 (3)
  • $235 (2)
  • $470 (1)
  • Call 970-949-9111 for Group Pricing & Availability


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Experience Level

Beginner to Advanced

Vail family ice climbing is a unforgettable trip for you to share with your family and is a great way to experience the Vail valley in a unique and exciting way. From the stunning frozen waterfalls of East Vail to the remote wilderness of Chalk Creek in Leadville, Vail family ice climb is an amazing experience in a beautiful mountain setting.

Ice climbs can vary anywhere in height from 30 to over 100 feet and provide and our family ice climb provides a challenge to people of all experience and ability levels. From total beginners to experienced ice climbers, our guides can work with your family to improve your climbing technique as well as provide excellent instruction on topics ranging anywhere from proper belay techniques to anchor building and lead climbing.

With many beautiful locations throughout the Vail area, our guides will try to find the perfect family ice climbing location that suits your families size as well as age range and ability levels. We’ve taken out ice climbers as young as 8, and our Vail family ice climb is sure to be an unforgettable experience no matter what your age.

“Our family of four had an experience of a lifetime and our guide was safe and professional.” – The Ramsey Family

We are Vail’s #1 recommended climbing guides and we strive to provide an outstanding ice climbing experience for our guests while ensuring that we operate at the highest level of safety.

Trips are offered daily and include all of the necessary climbing equipment(ice climbing boots, ice axes, harnesses, etc.) and a private guide, meaning that you and your family will receive the special attention that you need to succeed at your goals and have a great time doing it.

Looking to explore more of what Vail has to offer in the winter time? Our beginner backcountry skiing courses and hut trips are a fun way to get off the beaten path and experience some of the best skiing the Vail valley has to offer.

You can also get out and climb with us in the summer time with our Vail family rock climb. With most areas within a 15 minute drive from our offices it is a great option for a full or half day family adventure.

Choose #1 recommended Apex. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Advanced reservations are recommended, not required. Some personal gear provided by recipient(s); see the gear list tab above.

Ready to sign up? To register, click the Book It tab above. You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.

What to bring:

  • Beacon (rental available)
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
  • Mid layer top and bottom
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Winter jacket
  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Food

You may also want to consider:

  • Hand warmers
  • Hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera

APEX Provides:

  • Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmet
  • Harness (42''/44'' max)


If you’d like to complete your registration forms in advance, each participant should download and print out the pdf form below.  Then bring it along to give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.

 Participant forms

Click the button below to view our terms, conditions and cancellation policy.