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Lake City Ice park

Lake City Ice Park

Intermediate Ice Course - Steep Ice




The Lake City Ice Park, located within the town limits of Lake City, is home to many long and steep ice routes. This man-made ice park will definitely leave you feeling accomplished.

This intermediate ice climbing course is a perfect way to become more comfortable climbing steep ice.  Movement efficiency and technique form the backbone of this steep ice class and we guarantee you'll pick up new ice climbing techniques.  This two day course helps climbers feel comfortable swinging tools on vertical ice and will leave you with the techniques to climb bigger ice routes!

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: Intermediate

  • This is a semi-strenuous course

  • Maximum class size of 6

Price Includes


  • A professionally trained and/or certified AMGA guide

  • All necessary ice climbing equipment including harnesses, helmets, belay devices, crampons, ice tools, and mountaineering boots

  • Professional guiding and instruction throughout the entire course

Price Excludes


  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area

  • Gratuity

  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.

  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)

  • Lodging (we recommend the Raven's Rest Hostel or Backcountry Basecamp) 



​Day 1:

After brief introductions, your guide will ensure everyone has the necessary equipment and gear for the day.  The group will then travel just a few minutes to the Lake City Ice Park where your guide will set up topropes and demo proper steep ice technique.  Today is all about moving on steep ice and perfecting our technique.

Day 2:

The day begins with participants becoming involved in setting up the first anchors of the day.  Day 2 is all about practice and refinement of the previous day's lessons.  We will climb some steep terrain today!  Your guide will also talk about ice screws, anchor construction, and belaying on ice.  Plan to climb a lot!

Topics Covered

  • A review of climbing knots

  • How to belay on ice (both lead and toprope)

  • Safety considerations of steep ice climbing

  • Movement skills required to climb vertical ice

  • Proper body technique, foot and tool placements

  • Ice anchor construction

  • Types of protection for ice climbing

  • Ice climbing resources as you progress

  • Lots of climbing!


  • Learn to ice climb steep ice in the Lake City Ice Park

  • Perfect your technique while learning how to conserve energy

  • A review of the basics of ice climbing movement, belaying, gear selection, and anchor construction

  • Plenty of time to swing tools and ask questions

  • You'll walk away from this course feeling more confident climbing long vertical ice routes 

Course Dates

February 25-26, 2023


$450 per person


Lake City Ice Park, Lake City CO

Course Length

8:00am to 4:00pm

Difficulty Rating

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This is a program organized by Golden Mountain Guides LLC in collaboration with Colorado Climbing Company. Colorado Climbing Company is located in Colorado Springs, CO and is an authorized permit holder in the Lake City Ice Park.

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