MountainLIFE

Ice Climbing

MountainLIFE programs are designed for adults aged 30+ that want to connect with their peers, get outdoors and enjoy mountain life to the fullest. 

Note: Banff residents may only register for one course of each type per year (i.e. one ice climbing and one Avalanche Safety Training). 

To register for a program or class:

Upcoming Programs

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1
The Avalanche Skills Level 1 course will provide you, a passionate skier or snowboarder who wants to start exploring backcountry terrain, with the entry-level skills and decision-making tools necessary to keep yourself and your group members safe. In the course you will learn how to read and understand avalanche bulletins and weather conditions, learn how to use avalanche recovery equipment and assess various terrain and slope types. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Saturday,  November 26, 2022 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 2022 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Saturday, January 28, 2023 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Sunday, January 29, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Avalanche Skills Training Level 2
The Avalanche Skills Training 2 is the perfect course for advanced skiers, snowboarders and ice climbers. This course starts in the classroom where you will review the basics and be introduce to advanced avalanche safety concepts and decision-making tools for various weather, snowpack and terrain conditions. On day two you will begin by having a pre-trip meeting to assess conditions such as weather and then you will head out into the field to practice your skills. Days three and four will include ski tours with skill application all in a group setting. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Saturday,  December 10, 2022 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Sunday, December 11, 2022 7 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 12, 2022 7 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 7 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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Backcountry Skiing & Riding Day
Backcountry skiing & riding day is the perfect day for those who want to continue to build beginner to intermediate backcountry skills with an experienced guide following an Avalanche Safety Training 1. A local ACMG guide will lead you on a fun, safe day of backcountry with the date's location chosen to take advantage of the best conditions.

Saturday, January 7, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Register Online
Saturday, February 18, 2023 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Register Online

Ice Climbing Weekend
In this two-day overnight course you will learn the basics of ice climbing with the help of an ACMG certified guide in a small group setting. You will experience two full amazing day full of learning, fun and adventure! Spend a night on the scenic Icefields Parkway at Rampart Creek, and experience two different ice climbing venues. Transportation, most equipment, and accommodation included. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation

Saturday, February 4, 2023 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, February 5, 2023 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Introduction to Ice Climbing
In this one-day course you will learn the basics of ice climbing with the help of an ACMG certified guide in a small group setting. In the hands-on course you will learn how to use various ice climbing gear such as a harness, ice axes and crampons, ropes and belay systems. With the help of your guide you will try various beginner level top rope ice climbs at the day's destination. You will experience an amazing day full of learning, fun and adventure! Technical equipment provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.

Saturday, December 10, 2022 7:25 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online
Thursday, January 12, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online
Sunday, March 26, 2023 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Register Online

Understanding Mountain Weather for Outdoor Pursuits
The course teaches basic trip planning skills based on the weather forecast for new to avid backcountry users. Lead by a local legend who has seen all the weather Banff has to offer, you will learn about common regional and local weather patterns, the best online resources and how to make decisions based on the forecast and in field observations.
Sunday, December 4, 2022 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register Online