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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!
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B7, Canada
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Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

This was really exciting. We had a fun short bus trip with Alex, who took us up to the Ice Explorer. We then traveled with Brandon up to the Athabaska Glacier. He was so knowledgable and fun and we felt safe riding with him. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 2, 2018

Kris setup an excellent guide called Ben Paradis for our group to go up Mt Athabasca. We were looking for coaching assistance in leading ourselves up the mountain. Our needs were well understood as Ben gave tips on moving up the glacier and reading the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Thank you for you taking the time to leave us a review. We are happy you enjoyed your day out with us. Play safe, K

Reviewed June 20, 2018

I emailed Kris quite late on Sunday when I realised I couldn't find anyone to climb with. I only had 1 day in the area so I really didnt want to miss out. He replied really quickly and responded to my return emails very fast....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Leona K
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Has such a great time doing a guided Via Ferrata with Kris. It was a challenge for me as I wasn't sure how i was going to go with the heights but the whole time I felt safe and calm. Kris is very professional and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Maigan S
Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review Maigan. We are happy you enjoyed your time on the rock. Another via ferrata is being buit in the same area and it will be complete in early July so please come back for more! And bring...More

Reviewed April 1, 2018 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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Megan R
Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2018

Thanks for the awesome review Megan! We are happy you enjoyed yourself on the ice this winter. How's the ankle? Hope to see you next winter. Kris

Reviewed March 25, 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind review. We are happy you enjoyed your time on the ice. Yes, Ian is a fantastic guide and a kind human being.

Reviewed March 15, 2018 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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind review. We are happy you enjoyed your time on the ice. Hope to see you again someday.

Reviewed February 26, 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

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

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

Reviewed February 22, 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

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

Reviewed January 17, 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

Date of experience: January 2018
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Kris I, Owner at Rockies Ice & Alpine Specialists, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 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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neilc408
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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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