Banff Alpine Skills Course in the Canadian Rockies


Join Jeff, an ACMG-certified mountain guide, for this informative, scenic and exciting 6-day Banff mountain climbing initiation course in the Canadian Rockies. Learn necessary technical and safety skills on the Columbia Ice field and around Lake Louise while getting the chance to summit Mount Athabasca.

Private and Group


6 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep




  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of British Columbia.
  • Get the chance to climb Mount Athabasca.
  • Learn necessary climbing and safety skills throughout the trip.


Nestled into the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a Banff mountain climbing initiation course is the perfect way to learn a new sport in some simply stunning surroundings!

Over the course of our 6 days together, we will take you from hiking and scrambling skills to some basic alpinist skills, which will allow you to ascend over tough rock, snow, and ice terrain.

The adventure begins on the Columbia ice field, where we will go over snow and ice climbing skills and crevasse rescue skills. Once we’re feeling comfortable with these, we will make a summit attempt of Mount Athabasca  (3,491 meters/11,453 feet).

For the second half of the trip, we will transfer to Lake Louise and embark on the rock climbing portion of the trip.  Over the following three days, we will make various single-pitch and alpine rock climbing ascents, selecting the perfect spot based on your climbing level.

By the end of the trip, you will be ready to take on further mountain climbing challenges and training. But before it’s all over, you’ll already be planning your next mountain climbing trip to Canada!

The skills we will cover in this course include:

  • Crevasse rescue

  • Steep snow and glacier ice anchors, v-thread, ice screw placements, and snow pickets and climbing

  • Gear prep for route selection, pre-trip planning

  • Rappelling on snow, ice & rock including multi-pitch rappelling

  • Rock anchors and lead climbing on bolts and traditional gear

  • Multi-pitch climbing skills, with climbing routes ranging from 5.5-5.10 depending on skill level

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this informative and scenic Banff mountain climbing initiation course in the stunning Canadian Rockies!



Hilda hostel or Icefields campground, Lake Louise hostel and the castle hut if needed. The cost of accommodations is not included in the price.

More info

Please contact me for a complete equipment list.

Meeting point

To be determined upon completion of booking.


Equipment you will need to bring



Watter bottle

Other gear: mountaineering boots

About the guide

Alpine Air Adventures is an independent mountain guiding business run by Jeff Bullock. I am a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide, with my training and certification through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and the Canadian Avalanche Association.

We specialize in outdoor Banff adventures including: rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses.

Based out of Banff, Alberta, Canada in the heart of the rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alpine Air offers everything mountain. My main emphasize is to offer safe and unforgettable Banff adventures to my guests. With the allure of the mountains right at my doorstep I am always keen to take on any adventure and I am excited to have you along. Contact me to begin organizing your dream mountain ascent or descent.

Deal opportunities

Join an existing group and pay much less

Aug 11, 2022 - Aug 16, 2022

CAD 1546 per traveller

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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 1422 Each

Group of 2

CAD 1422 Each

Group of 3

CAD 1422 Each

Group of 4

CAD 1422 Each

Group of 5

CAD 1422 Each

Group of 6

CAD 1422 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Group equipment rope

- Group equipment harness

- Group equipment helmet

- Group equipment crampons

- Group equipment ice axe

Price details


Cost includes:

Guides - 3:1 ratio on Athabasca summit attempt, 2:1 on Alpine rock routes, 6:1 for instructional days

Group technical gear.


Mountain boots

Personal climbing equipment





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