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Ultimate Ice 1:1 Course 2024
Week of IFMGA guiding tailored to you | Usually Chamonix based
Leading on the free standing Hard Ice Direct, WI6, Val de Cogne
Course overview
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.

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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
Standard course 5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:1 max ratio
Guided days are Monday-Frday
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Standard Course Inclusions
1) Hand picked IFMGA Mountain Guide for five days (1:1 ratio max)
2) Chamonix concierge service for logistics, advice and support
3) Road transport in Chamonix valley to and from the climbing venues each day
4) Pre course information dossier, with training plans and kit lists
5) Briefing the first evening, with latest updates and weather reports
6) Equipment discount voucher for our Windermere shop / online
7) Preferential rates on technical equipment hire in Chamonix
8) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet
9) Optional evening instruction sessions as per detailed itinerary
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Equipment hire, 3) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals in valley, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 4) Cable cars and uplift for you and your guide (cable cars for guide included in Chamonix), 5) Transport / tunnel ticket outside the Chamonix valley, 6) Any night(s) half board in mountain hut (inc. costs for guides), 7) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 8) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges, 9) Chamonix accommodation, but we offer an upgrade of £200pp for twin room only accommodation In Chamonix, subject to availability.
Current course availability

Course Dates
Ultimate Ice 1:1
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NOTE: This trip has scheduled
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Price: £2399 Book online
The price above is for the package without accommodation. To add 6 nights in twin room-only Icicle accommodation, is only £200pp extra for 6 nights, subject to availability

Alternative courses
Winter Alpine Intro course
Chamonix Technical Ice
Winter Alpine Classics

Ascent of the Matterhorn

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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Location data for this trip
The trips are based in the Chamonix valley in the French Alps, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a 90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
Time Difference
GMT +1hr
Local Currency
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Travel from UK
1hr flight
Suggested reading and kit
View full course equipment list, with examples of kit, click here
Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.

Get in contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee to discuss your course in person with a trip advisor. Many people opt for this service, and it is an integral part of what we offer, as we are keen to ensure that you are prepared as possible, and that you select a course that is suitable for you. It makes it easier and more enjoyable for you and us, if you are on the right trip.

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