Edit by Hilal Bahcetepe
Challenge yourself this new year with an outdoor winter adventure. Ice climbing is the perfect way to take in the tranquil frosted mountain scenery while breaking a sweat.
1. OURAY ICE PARK, OURAY
Want to learn from the best? Ouray is the perfect place for experienced and beginner climbers to challenge themselves while enjoying this beautiful mountain town. Make it a weekend trip! Check out their annual Ice Festival taking place Jan. 21-24. ourayicepark.com.
2. FRONT RANGE CLIMBING, COLORADO SPRINGS
Great for beginners, this location offers climbing in Pikes Peak, Clear Creek Canyon, Silver Cascade Falls, and even a custom adventure. Hosting both group and private sessions, it’s the perfect winter expedition to add a little excitement to your 2021 routine. frontrangeclimbing.com
3. DENVER MOUNTAIN GUIDING, GOLDEN
If you’re up for some ice climbing at Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver Mountain Guiding is the place to book a session. By giving climbers a guided backcountry experience, this place has something for all skill levels. denvermountainguiding.com
4. COLORADO MOUNTAIN SCHOOL, BOULDER
This location is yet another that welcomes beginners and experienced climbers. Offering six courses in ice climbing, and a waterfall ice route option, find some much-needed tranquility during your winter climbing adventure. coloradomountainschool.com
5. APEX MOUNTAIN SCHOOL, AVON
Apex offers guided climbing locations in the Front Range, Vail, Rifle, and the San Juan Mountains for more experienced climbers. This location offers additional courses in avalanche safety, ice rappelling, and mountaineering if you’re looking for a challenge. apexmountainschool.com