The course teaches all the important skills and techniques necessary for participants to enjoy a week of climbing the frozen waterfalls and to safely operate in the winter environment.
An important aspect of the course is that participants have every opportunity to practise techniques for themselves with close supervision and coaching from the guides.
A Level 1 certificate will be awarded at the end of the course confirming the level you have achieved.
- An instructional course giving the participant a great introdution to icefall climbing
- All-inclusive price includes all uplift, food, transport and accommodation
- Expert instruction and coaching from experienced ISM Guides
How ice forms is totally dependent on temperature and this can fluctuate from week to week, day to day and even within a day during any winter season. In order for us too deliver the best ice climbing skills course for you, we look at the weather and conditions and then make a decision on the best venue the week before and head there from Leysin
In warmer weather, reliable venues tend to be higher in altitude such as Cogne in the Gran Paradiso, Northern Italy or up in the Val d'Arolla in the Swiss Valais which offer some great easily accessable icefalls in a range of grades which is perfect for this course and a progression as participants learn the basic icefall climbing skills.
In colder weather we have a whole range of lower altitude venues that we use closer to Leysin, that are perfect for this introductory course either around Diablerets and Gstaad or venues close to Verbier in the Swiss Valais.