1 Climber:  $325

2 Climbers:  $225 each

3 Climbers:  $195 each

4+ Climbers:  $170 each

Join an existing group:  $170 each

Guide-to-Guest Ratio

1:4 max


1 day (8:30am-4:30pm)

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
2686 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860


Transportation and lodging are not included in the course fee.  Students will be responsible for their own accommodations.  Click here for area lodging.

Gear List

All technical climbing equipment will be provided.  Click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.

Introduction To Ice Climbing


Join us on this full day ice climbing course and you’ll come away with a full understanding of the fundamentals of winter climbing.  It all starts here for people headed toward the winter pursuit of ice climbing.  In this course, we will outfit you with all the technical gear required to move on steep snow and ice.  Efficient movement with crampons and a mountaineering axe forms the backbone of security for an ice climber.  We will cover walking in crampons and how to operate at an ice crag.  As we move onto steeper terrain, the ropes and climbing harnesses come out so that we can move with confidence as the angle increases.  Once we get a feel for steeper climbing, our guides will work with you to increase your comfort and confidence with using ice tools and crampons.  You will get plenty of chances to climb and practice while we continue to improve your fundamental skills.

IMPORTANT:  1) We climb rain or shine.  Weather and conditions may inhibit us from covering all topics outlined in this course.  Please be open to a flexible schedule.  2) Group courses require a minimum enrollment in order to run, and your reservation is subject to change if minimum enrollment is not reached.  3) Group climbs attract many people of all ages and abilities.  Please note that this course is reserved for those age 18 and older.

What’s Next?

Intermediate Ice Climbing >>
Mt. Washington Ascent >>


All climbers meet promptly at Eastern Mountain Sports Schools in North Conway at 8:30am*.  Click here for directions.  In the morning you will meet your guide and get outfitted with all technical gear needed for the day.  Once everyone is outfitted, groups will leave straight for the trailhead.  The rest of the day will be spent outside and we will end around 4:30pm back at the EMS Climbing School.

*If you do not arrive on time, we reserve the right to start group trips without you, and you will not be rescheduled or refunded.

What to Bring

Climbers will be provided with all technical equipment needed for the day.  Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, mountaineering axe, ice tools, harness, helmet, and climbing hardware.  Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water, lunches, and snacks for the day.  See our gear list for a complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing.  Meals, lodging, and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools