Vail Ice Climbing

Experience an exciting winter activity with Vail 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 (5 people)
  • $184 (4 people)
  • $194 (3 people)
  • $235 (2 people)
  • $470 (1 person)
  • See our 'Ice Climb - Groups' page for large parties.


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Experience Level

Beginner to Advanced

Vail ice climbing attracts groups, seasoned climbers and first-time climbers to the mountains of Vail, Colorado for some of the most accessible, and exciting ice climbing in the Rocky Mountains. These climbs, ranging in height from 30 to more than 100 feet high, form on spectacular ice curtains and free-standing pillars high over the  East Vail, with expansive vistas.

Routes range from beginner to advanced and offer several options for climbs. Try a moderate introduction on lower angle beginner ice climbing routes, with a focus on the fundamentals of climbing, belaying and lowering. Challenge yourself on intermediate ice climbing routes, with awareness placed on increasingly efficient body positions, technique and maximizing rests. For the more advanced, experience a lead clinic where climbers simulate setting the rope while under the protection of a top-rope belay. An exhilarating way to experience “the sharp end”. Or, share your idea of the perfect day; we’ll build your itinerary to suit.

With an outreach to all demographics, our ice climbers have ranged in age from 8 to 76 years old, and our guides have assisted clients to some of the greatest heights in their world, and to some of the highest summits. Participants of all ability and experience levels are welcome.

Outings are offered daily. A private guide and your technical ice climbing gear (ice climbing boots, crampons, ice axes, belay equipment, ropes, helmets and harnesses) are included in your outing. 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
  • Thermos of 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 wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.


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