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Vail Ice Climbing

In winter, cascading waterfalls and trickling alpine flows freeze and form fantastically beautiful and surreal ice climbs. These ephemeral sculptures offer phenomenal climbing opportunities and a chance to experience a truly unique and unforgettable adventure. These climbs range in height between 30 to 100+ feet. Given the nature of the medium, each climb forms slightly differently each year and is subject to change throughout the season, offering climbers a new experience every climb. With expansive views of Colorado’s Rockies and a chance to challenge yourself in a winter wonderland, ice climbing is a great way to spend the day in the mountains.

Our guides will teach you everything you need to know to ascend these frozen beauties and travel efficiently in the mountains. All ages, abilities, and fitness levels are welcome. We will work with you to select routes that meet your specifics needs and skill set, whether you are a first timer or an experienced ice climber.

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 Now Button. 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)