Intermediate Ice Climbing

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Intermediate Ice Climbing

All ages 12 and up

Vail Ice provides some of the best climbing in Colorado. The East Vail ice falls, well-known for their accessibility and history in ice and mixed climbing, appeal to beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers the world over.

If you’re ready to challenge yourself on intermediate terrain, this course is a great way to advance your skills in climbing, belaying, gear knowledge, establishing anchors, and perhaps even leading.

We’ll teach you how to use more efficient climbing posture and technique, creating ease in both your style and your experience of the route. Climbing options include ice curtains, pillars, dry tool routes and mixed routes of varying difficulty.

Fair warning: after this one, you’ll never want to put your ice tools down!


Potential Topics

  • A brief review of the basics
  • Climbing technique and body posture, including rest techniques for more efficient climbing
  • Intermediate gear use – specialized tools, belaying methods, anchors, etc.
  • Existing and new top anchors
  • Techniques for reducing risk
  • Rappelling methods
  • Ice protection overview
  • Multi-pitching overview
  • Potential mock lead climbing

Private courses are offered daily, as well as pre-scheduled open enrollment courses (see above). A private guide and all the technical ice climbing gear you will need (ice tools, crampons, ice climbing boots, belay equipment, ropes, helmets and harnesses) are included.


Booking / More Info

All ages 12 and up

Ready to sign up? We look forward to working with you to select a route that suits your Intermediate Ice Climbing desires. Register with the accompanying calendar, call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page to request more info.


Enjoy all Colorado has to offer this winter with an Intermediate Ice Climbing Course.

All ages 12 and up


Available daily


6-7 hours


Max client to guide ratio 5:1

  • $178 – 5+ people
  • $198 – 4 people
  • $224 – 3 people
  • $250 – 2 people


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


Easy – Difficult


  • 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  (able told 32 oz)
  • Food


  • Hand warmers
  • Thermos of hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera


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


During times of Covid-19 concern please bring:
Face mask, Hand Sanitizer, Rubber Gloves (if desired)

Did a ice climbing tour with guide Eric. It was challenging and a great experience. Eric always made sure I was going at my own speed and always gave encouragement. My girlfriend was a better climber then me but it was a good time no matter. I would recommend Apex to anyone who wants an adventure of a lifetime.

John L
Apex on Google