Couloirs and Steep Snow Climbing, 1-Day

Spring and summer (yes, after June 21!) in the Rockies is couloir climbing season.  We can get into steeper terrain and work on techniques to improve safety and efficiency in this more vertical domain. Steep snow gullies or couloirs often facilitate faster and more efficient travel in the mountains, but this territory presents specific risks.  With proper technique and terrain management, we can mitigate these hazards.  This course takes place in alpine terrain above 11,500′ in the Glen Cove cirque on Pikes Peak.  

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Self-belay and self-arrest
  • Movement skills and footwork techniques
  • Route selection and group travel techniques
  • Belay systems for firm or steep snow
  • Basic snow anchors
  • Avalanche/snow conditions assessment

Glen Cove on Pikes Peak

Client Expectations:
No previous experience needed. Stiff mountaineering boots, winter clothing, and headwear are required.

Equipment Provided:
Crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets are provided.  We rent double plastic boots.

Public Course Pricing


  • 8 hour public course (1-day)
  • Price is per person
  • 4:1 max. ratio
  • 2:1 min. ratio to run course

*Pikes Peak Highway tollgate fee of $10-$15/person not included.

Call 719-368-9524 or contact us to book this course for one or more climbers.

As always, this course can be scheduled any day of the week as private instruction. Private courses for 3 or more climbers qualify for discounted rates.

Public Course Dates 2024

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer

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