The Beginner Mountaineering Skills Course - 6 Days

Canada's Foremost Beginner Mountaineering Course.
We offer this 6 Day Introduction to Mountaineering Skills Course from our home range in the Canadian Rockies and the mountaineering meccas of the Lake Louise Groups and Columbia Icefields. 


What this course offers, what differentiates the course from other providers, and why book this course with Cloud Nine Guides: 

  • Our program covers both Snow & Ice Climbing Techniques, as well as Alpine Rock Climbing Techniques (many providers only focus on snow and ice - only 50% of the sport)
  • We go CLIMBING! Our course provides the beginner skill sets required for not just walkup summits - It provides the basic skills required for technical climbing in  moderate and steep mountain terrain on snow, ice and rock at a beginner level.
  • Our Student to Guide ratios can't be beat. Smaller groups mean more dedicated focus from your Guides / Instructors. Instructional Days - Guide to Student 1:4. Peak Ascents - Guide to Student Ratios 1:2 
  • Far better pricing than our competitors.
  • All courses are taught by IFMGA & ACMG Certified Guides who have professional, and international experience in Mountain Guiding and Instruction worldwide.
  • All Inclusive - All Trip Food, Guiding/Instruction, Technical Equipment* and Accomodation

Included in the week are 2 Classic Big Peak Ascents! Objectives in the Columbia Icefields Area include Mount Athabasca, Mount Andromeda while the Alpine Rock objectives in the Lake Louise area include routes such as Eisenhower Tower on Castle Mountain. This ascents, aside from being outstanding climbs, give the new skills we teach on course context in their application.


Our Guides work closely with you prior to each field day to teach proper route planning techniques and preparation, interpretation of weather products, risk and hazard management, alternate route planning, and group management. If students are willing, they can expect to be given plenty of opportunities to lead throughout the trip - something we actively encourage while being closely coached by your guide. Click Here & See What You'll Learn...


Join us for The Beginner Mountaineering Skills CourseA course that will kick off a lifetime of challenge, fullfillment and friendship in the high mountains. 








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Is This Course For You? 


The course requiress moderate levels of cardiovascular fitness. Bear in mind however, it is 6 days straight in the mountains. There are no pre-requisites, all skill and ability levels welcome - lots of psych, an open mind and willingness to learn are the best things to bring with you!




Pricing & What's Included:


The trip includes all food, from lunch on the 1st day to lunch on day 6 - we're  happy to work with a variety of eating requirements and meal preferences. Use of our new technical equipment (mountain boots not included) is included as well as accommodation from the night of the Day 1 to the night of Day 5. The trip does not include travel to and from the venues or park entry passes to the National Parks.