Private Guiding & Instruction - Ice Climbing - SLC and Provo, UT areas

Private Guiding & Instruction - Ice Climbing

Guides are available daily. At least a few days notice is appreciated, if possible. All coursework can be offered on a private basis. The maximum guide to client ratio for top-roping is 1:6, and for multi-pitch, 1:2 is standard.

Popular routes include:

  • The Great White Icicle, WI 3-4, 650’
  • (Little Cottonwood Canyon)
  • Stairway to Heaven, WI 5+, 800’+
  • (Provo Canyon)
  • The Great White Icicle, WI 3-4, 650’
  • (Little Cottonwood Canyon)
  • Stairway to Heaven, WI 5+, 800’+
  • (Provo Canyon)

Ice Climbing

Photo by Andrew Burr


Single pitch and multi-pitch WI4 or easier:

  • $299 for one person plus $125 for additional person, plus tax.

WI5+ and / or harder:

  • $350 for one person plus $150 for additional person, plus tax. (max 2 clients per guide)

Rate Chart:

Private Guide
Single pitch and multi-pitch WI4 or easier:
Number of Clients Total Amount Amount per Person Base Price Additional Person
1 $299.00 $299.00 $299.00 $125.00
2 $424.00 $212.50    
3 $549.00 $183.00    
4 $674.00 $165.50    
All fees are subject to tax.
Private Guide
WI5+ and / or harder (max 2 clients per guide):
Number of Clients Total Amount Amount per Person Base Price Additional Person
1 $350.00 $350.40 $350.00 $150.00
2 $500.00 $250.00    
All fees are subject to tax.

Gear & Equipment - Ice Climbing Utah

Ice Climbing Gear, Equipment Rentals, Books & Maps

Equipment List:

  • Non-cotton top and bottom under layers (capilene or polypro)
  • Waterproof/windproof top and bottom outer shell (or one-piece suit)
  • Down, polarguard or fleece belay jacket (one that fits over your outerwear)
  • Wool (and liner) socks
  • Waterproof snow gloves and mittens or spare gloves
  • Fleece or liner gloves
  • Hat, headband or balaclava for under helmet
  • Sunglasses, goggles and/or clear, protective eyeglasses (optional)
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 or 2 liters of water
  • Lunch and quick energy snacks
  • Plastic or leather boots with rigid sole
  • Vertical ice crampons
  • 2 vertical ice tools with leashes (short axes for ice climbing)
  • Harness and belay/rappel device *
  • Helmet *
  • Day backpack
Climber in Provo Canyon

Climber in Provo Canyon

Photo by Kennan Harvey

Download Gear List ( pdf-icon PDF)

* UMA will provide you with a helmet, harness and belay device if you need them. Boots, crampons and ice tools are available for rent at local shops.

Rental Shops:

Black Diamond Retail

2070 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake City

(801) 278-0233

REI (Boots only)

3285 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City

(801) 486-2100

University of Utah Outdoor Rec Center

2140 E. Red Butte Road, Fort Douglas, Building 650

(801) 581-8516


Ice Climbing, Utah. By David S. Black.

Wasatch Mixed: A guide to Northern Utah’s mixed and select ice routes. By Dough Heinrich & Nathan Smith.

Logistics & Lodging - Utah Ice Climbing

Lodging, Trailheads, and Directions


Skyline Inn

Foothill Drive, SLC: 2475 E. 1700 South

(801) 582-5350

La Quinta Inn

Midvale: 7231 S. Catalpa Rd

(801) 566-3291

La Quinta Inn

Orem: 1100 West 780 North

(801) 235-9555

Residence Inn

Cottonwood Heights: 6425 South 3000 E.

(801) 453-0430

Sundance Resort

8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance

(801) 225-4107

Residence Inn

252 W 2230 N, Provo

(801) 374-1000

Climber in Provo Canyon

Ice Climbing on Storm Mountain

Photo by Andrew Burr

Trailheads & Meeting Points - Driving Directions:

To Provo Canyon, Nunns Park, for Stairway to Heaven, Bridal Veil Falls, and other climbs:

  • From Salt Lake City:

    Provo and points west: Drive north or south on Interstate 15 to Exit 272, 800 North St. Follow this thoroughfare (also called Utah SR 52) east through Orem, and turn northeast (Left) on US 189 into Provo Canyon. Look for the signed Nunns park exit as the limestone walls start growing on your right and park in the large lot on the South side of US Highway 189.

  • From Park City and other points east:

    Drive West on US 189 through Provo Canyon until the walls start shrinking. Look for the signed Nunns Park exit, and turn south back under the highway to the large parking lot.

To the Great White Icicle: Most parties meet at the UTA Park & RIde Lot at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Exit on 6200 South off of Interstate 215, and drive Southeast up a hill to join Wasatch Blvd. Continue South past the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and up another hill and wrap east into Little Cottonwood Canyon. Just as the canyon walls start to rise, turn left at a junction marked by a flashing information sign, and park in a large lot with a bus stop. The actual GWI trailhead is 2 miles up the canyon on the south side of the road next to a garage-looking power plant building.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Ice Climbing

What kind of crampons do I need?

Rigid, 12-point, spikes work better for the front-pointing involved in water-ice climbing than hinged, flexible, and often lighter-weight 10-point designs. The extra set of points usually faces forward and down from the front of the frame providing much greater stability and shearing resistance. Just as on rock, footwork is vital to effective ice climbing.

What are ice tools?

Water-ice tools are far different than the traditional, straight-shafted alpine axe. They have reverse-droop picks and shafts bent to hold the hand, protect the knuckles, and enable hooking placements above roofs. Most modern tools have no wrist leashes, but we teach with or without.

Is it cold?

Yes, usually it is. Being prepared for ice climbing with warm mitts and parka to wear when belaying or resting helps immensely. When its your turn to climb, take off the puffy jacket and overmitts, and avoid sweating.

Climber on Bridal Veil Falls

Climber on Bridal Veil Falls

Photo by Andrew Burr

Do I need rock climbing experience?

No experience of any kind is necessary. In all classes and guided outings we review the very basics of tying-in and belaying. Any background in rock or alpine climbing may accelerate the learning curve.

Can different ability levels climb with one guide?

This is very feasible, especially for top-roping in Provo Canyon Steep bulges, thin ice, and mixed lines often present themselves right next to confidence-building, WI 3 routes.

What is a typical day ice climbing?

We usually meet between 7 and 9 am, either at Nunns Park, The Park and Ride Lot at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, or another pre-arranged spot. The approach to most ice formations is on a climber’s trail that gains 300-500 feet and takes about 20-30 minutes. The guide takes a belay and demonstrates techniques as he / or she leads a pitch and sets up on or more top-rope anchor(s.) A combination of climbing, instruction, and snack and rest breaks keep us occupied until we run out of daylight or energy, usually between 3-5 pm.

On Multi-pitch routes, such as the Great White Icicle or Stairway to Heaven, the guide will belay from above, and the party will continue up until the formation is completed, if possible. Descent is by rappel and/or down climb, and glissade.

Where do I meet my guide?

The guide will arrange a specific meeting location and time with you specifically. Most commonly, this location is the Nunns Park lot in Provo Canyon.

Contact UMA if you have any questions:

Call (801) 550-3986 or email us at

Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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Ice Climbing - Guiding, Instruction & Courses - Utah Mt. Adventures

Wasatch water ice can be among the best in the nation. Scaling frozen waterfalls with crampons and ice tools is a unique and challenging sport sharing many aspects of rock and alpine climbing. The techniques taught on our climbs and courses open new possibilities for winter recreation and build skills for ascents of major peaks.

Season: Utah ice is usually in good shape from December through February, but please check with us for current conditions.

Types and Range of Difficulty: UMA guides offer instruction for all skill levels. Formations of up to 10 pitches in Provo and the Cottonwood Canyons range from Water Ice 2 to WI VI+, and cutting-edge dry-tooling and mixed climbing is also available.

For more information on ice climbing classes near Salt Lake City, UT and Provo, Utah, please view our Ice Climbing Courses.

We also offer private Guided Ice Climbing & Instruction