Ultimate Ice 1:1 Course 2017
Leading on the free standing Hard Ice Direct, WI6, Val de Cogne
Course overview Course dates & availability
This course is for those who have reached a ceiling of their ice climbing, and want to be pushed from Grade IV upwards. You climb up to Grade V Alpine waterfall ice, during the week.
Recent courses have climbed classic ice routes such as Cold Couloir (Cogne), and Goulotte Cosmiques (Midi). There are literally hundreds of ice routes to chose from within an hour of Chamonix.
You should have previous experience of seconding Grade IV or V to get the most out of this course. If you have specific plans for harder routes, such as Repentence (VI), contact us for a quote.
This course is focused on waterfall ice climbs. If you would like to attempt some winter altitude gully climbs, this course can be combined with the 1:1 advanced course.
The outline itinerary below is designed to provide you with a flavour of the course, and the style in which is is operated. As the course is run 1:1 with a Guide, if you have some ideas of what you would like to achieve, or would like any advice, please contact us so that we can discuss and suggest options for you.
On demand: if no scheduled course dates are showing in the column on the right, we can still operate a course on demand for just one person booking, on any dates that suit from January through until the end of April, arriving Sunday and departing Saturday.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.
Course Dates
Ultimate Ice 1:1
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Alternative courses
Winter Alpine Intro course
Chamonix Ice & Alpine Gullies
Two person winter week
Client feedback
When you guys say that you will push us to our limits you really dont hold back. To climb such huge routes in winter conditions is an amazing experience, and thank
you so much for fulfilling my ambitions and more

Anna Wainwright , Ultimate Ice

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Brief Course Itinerary
Sun Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings are over by 20:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group to pre-dinner drinks to answer any queries. Night in Chamonix.


Five days of 1:1 guiding, with each night returning to comfortable Chamonix centre accommodation. The first day usually gives your talented IFMGA ice climbing Guide an idea of your level, and some inspiration for routes for the week. Your routes during the week will include multi-pitch technical waterfall ice, usually high grade valley ice (to grade V). You can also try leading some pitches of the technical routes, or some dry tooling or mixed routes. Dependent on conditions and your aspirations, you and the Guide will choose which routes to attempt to keep you challenged throughout the week.
Sat Breakfast then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most arrange their transfers for around this time for a flight from Geneva about midday.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.
Course Prices
1:1 ratio course
5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:1 max ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Six nights B&B accommodation in Chamonix (inc. bedding & towels), 6) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7) Road transport in Chamonix valley, 8) Logistics support and evening instruction.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable Cars (approx £30), 3) Transport / tunnel ticket outside Chamonix valley 4) Equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 6) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 7) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Upgrade options
Avalanche Skills Day
£49 (throughout the season)
To learn avalanche prediction, reutschblocks and use of avalanche transceivers. Course is available on any day during the week (includes ARVA), details.
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