Snow Climbing Introduction, 1-Day

The fundamentals of snow climbing and travel are taught from the ground up.  This training takes place in the alpine terrain above 11,500′ in the Glen Cove cirque on Pikes Peak.  With a short approach and an abundance of snow routes and terrain available to us, we will focus on traveling on snow safely and efficiently.  Climbers new to mountaineering or hikers seeking to expand 14er season beyond the summer will learn the basics of safe snow travel.  Because this course is scheduled for the winter and early spring, we will avoid avalanche terrain.  If you are looking for travel in steep terrain on more challenging snow, please check out our one day Couloir Climbing course.

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Self-belay and self-arrest
  • Movement skills, footwork techniques
  • Axe and crampon selection and use
  • Route selection and group travel techniques

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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