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Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists

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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B7, Canada
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Awesome Guiding!

I climbed 1 day with Kris (WI3 two pitches and a single pitch WI4). I sprained my ankle a few days... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Megan R
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Epic day thanks to Ian at Rockies Ice

Kris set me up with my Ice Climbing Expert, Ian. Anyone reading this, ask for Ian. Beyond being a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kasibreeze
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We specialize in guided mountaineering, rock climbing, via ferrata and ice climbing excursions and instructional courses in Western Canada. Beginner to advanced climbers welcome!
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“multi pitch” (6 reviews)
“great guide” (5 reviews)
“climbing trip” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B7, Canada

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I climbed 1 day with Kris (WI3 two pitches and a single pitch WI4). I sprained my ankle a few days before the trip and kris was super accommodating and patient with me, providing an excellent climb with a short approach to suit my abilities!...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kris set me up with my Ice Climbing Expert, Ian. Anyone reading this, ask for Ian. Beyond being a world traveller and super cool guy, he's a mountain man in the purist sense of the word. He knows his stuff with over 2 decades of...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Kris was a great guide for a half day intro to ice-climbing. He’s very professional so makes you feel relaxed and safe. By the end of 3 hours I was comfortably climbing with Kris’ ongoing technical advice.

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Rockies Ice and Alpine Specialists Inc. were absolutely phenomenal. Kris was super accommodating and the customer service was top notch! I had Ian as my guide on the actual day; I got an introduction to both ice and mixed climbing, and tons of encouragement along...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thank you Mandy for your kind review. We are happy you enjoyed your day of mixed climbing with Ian.

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

After struggling to communicate from other guiding services, I was psyched to get an immediate response from Kris at Rockies ice & alpine, who quickly set me up with a guide, Jesse, for two days of guided climbing. Since I was pretty inexperienced, the first...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2018

Drew, Thanks so much for your kind words! We are really happy you enjoyed your ice climbing experience and we hope to see you next time you're in the Rockies. K

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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

My husband and i met up with Patrick at Canmore for a gear fit up, then it was only a short drive followed by a short walk to our cliff face. Patrick was great at tailoring the day to suit our differing experience levels, was...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We are happy you enjoyed your climbing excursion with us and enjoyed your time in Banff.

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

I have hired Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists for many climbing adventures over the past three years. A friend that is new to multipitch ice climbing wanted to try it this season, and I thought getting out with Kris would be a safe and fun...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Wow thanks for your kind words Ang! We’ll have to grab a box of Timbits to take along on our next adventure!

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Registered for the Intro to Ice Climbing course with Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists. We had a fun day of climbing at the Junkyards! We had Darren as our guide for the day. An experienced guide with a sense of humor, which is always good...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for your review Ismail. We are very happy you enjoyed your time on the ice with us this winter. Best, Kris

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Booked at the last minute to ice climb before Christmas. Kris hooked our family of three up with Patrick for a full day of beginning climbing. Don’t waste your time with Banff Adventures. They just subcontract anyway and didn’t call me back when they said...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Wow thank you very much for your kind words. We are really happy to hear you enjoyed your day of climbing with us. Happy 2018!

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

Kris took myself and two others up to the summit of A2 for a literal last minute trip. Unfortunately our other guide that was hired for the weekend was unable to make it due to the floods in BC at the time, and Kris was...More

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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Thanks Holly! I'm really glad you enjoyed your trip to A2. It's a good thing we jerry-rigged a pair of sunglasses so you could continue with your day. Have an excellent summer and we hope to see you again this winter. Kris

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Neil C
2 December 2017|
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Response from Kris I | Property representative |
Hi Linda We have availability during that time for a beginner private ice climbing tour for 2 people. Cost is $575.00 plus 5%gst. This includes all equipment and guiding fees. Hotel pick up/drop off can be arranged for an... More
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