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Winter Ice & Alpine Weekend 2021
Three day trip, with two days ice climbing guiding and 2 nights B&B
Course overview
For those looking for an exciting weekend adventure, you can't get much more exhilarating than a weekend climbing on iced up waterfalls or ascending Alpine routes!
The course meeting is at 17:00 on the Friday evening, and you can leave on Sunday evening to be back at work for Monday morning. On Saturday and Sunday you have two full days of ice climbing or mountaineering, and two nights of B&B accommodation on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Your two Guided days are fairly flexible to allow you to ascend route types of your choice, be it long multi-pitch ice routes, shorter more technical routes or mountaineering routes at altitude.

Although we ask for no previous experience for this course, if you have more experience but would like a weekend ice climbing in the Alps, we will try to match you with a suitable climbing partner.
Whatever your aim, you can rest assured that the conditions will be way better than Scotland, so even on a weekend, you will learn more than a week in Scotland dodging bad weather and searching for ice.
As this course is operated on a 1:2 guiding ratio, if there is only one person who books on a date, we try to find a partner for you. In the unlikely event that only one person books on a date, please note we provide one full day of private guiding and the two nights of accommodation, but the activity is guaranteed to operate.
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.

Brief Course Itinerary
Fri 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 (see inclusions below for what you are provided as part of the course price). You will meet your guide at the briefing (if they aren't doing it), and they can chat through your previous experience, climbing background, and aspirations for the weekend. They will discuss with you the current conditions, and if they require you to wear an avalanche beacon (provided if required) during the weekend. Briefings are over by 18:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group to pre-dinner drinks. Some clients opt to travel out a day or two early to get their hill legs back and to explore the town. Night in Chamonix on a B&B basis.
Sat Arrive after your breakfast for the 08:30 to set off for your two days climbing. Below are some of the most popular options. Other possibilities are available, so you don't have to repeat anything if you have been to the Chamonix region before. You can discuss direct with the guide which option you wish to select each day, to react to weather, experience and conditions, to ensure you achieve the maximum.
Option 1 - Guiding ratio 1:2 max

Drive to the Val de Cogne in North Italy, and climb one of the classic icefalls, such as Cascade Lillaz or Patrie at the end of the valley, then return to Chamonix.
Option 2 - Guiding ratio 1:2 max

Take the Grands Montets cable car above Argentiere, and climb the north face of the Petite Aiguille Verte. Descend back to the valley and return to Chamonix.
Option 3 - Guiding ratio 1:2 max

Spend the day ice climbing at the Cremerie icefalls, in order to climb multi-pitch ice, and to learn about ice anchors and abseiling skills. Night in Chamonix.
Sun Option 1 - Drive to Megeve or Resposoir for a second day ice climbing, before driving back to Chamonix to arrive c.17:00. Option 2 - Day of waterfall ice climbing, such as Deferlante / Mini Couloir above Argentiere, then return to Chamonix c.17:00. Option 3 - Ascent of altitude ice route such as Chere Couloir or Arete des Cosmiques, then return to Chamonix c.17:00.
All the guiding is scheduled to finish by 17:00, so you can return any hire kit, then airport transfers can be booked for any time after 17:00 (realistically this is for flights departing at 20:00) to allow you to travel home, in order to avoid taking time off work.
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
2 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:2 max ratio
3 days holiday in total, Friday-Sunday
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for two days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Two nights B&B accommodation in the Chamonix valley (inc. bedding & towels), 4) Pre course information booklet, 5) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 6) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7) Road transport in Chamonix valley, 8) Local logistics and support, 9) Kit hire*.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable Cars (approx £30), 3) Kit hire not detailed below, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Transport & tunnel tickets for travel outside Chamonix valley, 6) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Group sizes: 2 people per IFMGA mountain guide. For group sizes of over 2 people, there are multiple guides, and the teams travel independently of each other.
Notes: Kit hire*. For this weekend course, we can loan you the following kit free of charge. Please note that if you have your own kit, there is no reduction in price for providing it, to allow you to travel light for the weekend. We include; harness, helmet, ice axe(s), crampons, avalanche safety kit (transceiver, shovel, probe), and boots. Any other items that are required can be hired.
Current course availability

Course Dates
Ice Weekend
  • No Dates Available
NOTE: This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are two who
are booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish

Price: £499 Book online

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

Client feedback

No one in the office on Monday morning could believe what I had done over the weekend, and it was hard for me to take it all in too. A great idea to make the most of your weekends, and better still I took no holiday time off work!

Karen B , Ice Weekend

Climbing with the technical axes on multi-pitch routes was amazing, and I had a great weekend

Hussain M , Ice Weekend

Thank you for matching me so well with a climbing partner who had the same aspirations and experience. We got on great and will be back for more

Graham McN , Ice Weekend

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Location data for this trip
The trips all meet in 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
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Travel from UK
1hr flight
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Itinerary flexibility to allow you to take full advantage of the weather windows on any day, to maximise your summit chances.
Our prices are fixed in £ Sterling, to protect you from euro fluctuations, so you can budget accurately.
There is a choice of routes to opt for, depending on the weather, conditions, and your experience.
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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