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1 Feb 2020

If you’re up for a winter adventure, then you should try out ice climbing! Whether you need a break from the skis or you’re an avid rock climber, ice climbing is one of the best ways to get your outdoor fix when you vacation in Telluride. When you plan a winter trip to Telluride, you have tons of winter activities to choose from, but if you really want to get your heart pumping, then you’ll indulge in the stimulating ice climbing the area has to offer. Below we delve into what exactly ice climbing is as well as some of the best ice climbing adventures in Telluride. Make your trip one of excitement and unique experiences—learn about one of the wonderful ways to do so here!

What is Ice Climbing?

When people think of ice climbing, they often think of rock climbing, but with ice. And though that’s true in a sense, ice climbing is much more. Rather than just climbing up ice-covered rock formations, ice climbers ascend icefalls, frozen waterfalls, cliffs, and more frozen water features. These climbs require a variety of equipment—from ropes and harnesses to ice axes and crampons. Most ice climbing guides will provide you with rental gear, but if you’ve done it before and are going solo, you want to make sure you have the right gear.Ice climbing equipment

Where Should I Go?

Mountain Trip

Mountain Trip is the only American Mountain Guides Association certified guide service in southwestern Colorado, so even if you’re a beginner, you’ll have a fantastic experience. They offer half- and full-day trips around the great ice climbing spots in Telluride, as well as full-day trips in Ouray Ice Park and on backcountry ice. They have something for all levels!Group ice climbing in Telluride

San Juan Outdoor Adventures

Another great guide service for your ice climbing needs, San Juan Outdoor Adventures takes you on quite the spirited trip! You have a chance to scale some of Telluride’s most exquisite ice in some of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain settings. They have full- and half-day trips and take you to some glorious places—Ames Falls, Cornet Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Ames Ice Hose. Book your tour as soon as possible.

Ouray Ice Park

This place has something for everyone! Though they don’t have their own private guide service, there are tons of guide companies that have permits to operate in the park. If you’re confident enough and don’t need a guide to enjoy the adventure of ice climbing, however, this is the place to go. The best part about this area is the diverse climbs—there are manmade ice and mixed climbs, 11 distinct climbing areas, and over three miles of vertical terrain to explore. You can really test your abilities here!Ice climber in Ouray Park near Telluride

Telluride Mountain Guides

A guide service that fits your needs, Telluride Mountain Guides chooses your ice climbing destination based on your experience and comfort. If you’re climbing with kids, they’ll make everyone feel safe and comfortable. They offer single to four-person tours for both full or half days—you won’t want to miss the experience they have to offer.

Plan Your Trip with Exceptional Stays

If the idea of ice climbing has caught your eye, then it’s time to plan a trip before all the ice melts away. Turn to Exceptional Stays for all of your lodging needs. Finish up your long day of climbing with a roaring fire and exquisite view at one of our Telluride vacation rentals. From our Mountain Village properties to our remote properties, make your trip more exciting and memorable when you stay with us!