Our 2 day Lake City Ice Park course is perfect for folks new to ice climbing and experienced ice climbers alike. Steep ice & mixed climbing techniques, multi-pitch skills, leading ice, and anchor building are just some the things that are available to you in this 2 day course.


The town of Lake City is charming and has some great local restaurants, a brewery, and coffee shop. Warming tents with wood stoves, firepits, bathrooms, and picnic tables right near the ice make this a perfect place to learn and stay motivated!


Stay with your guide! We have a 6 bedroom house in Lake City booked for Friday & Saturday night. $75 per person, per night.



Booking Info

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance due 30 days prior to your trip. If you book a trip within 30 days of the start date, full payment is required at the time of booking.


Pay a 50% deposit per item

Have questions? Ask one of our guides!


(720) 282-9235 | Info@saiguides.com


See below for more details

Price Includes

Does Include:

  • AMGA Trained/Certified Guide/Instructor
  • Group Climbing Equipment
    • Ropes
    • Technical Hardware – carabiners, protection, belay device, etc
    • Technical Softgoods – slings, cordelette, anchor rope, etc
  • Personal Climbing Equipment
    • Climbing Shoes
    • Helmet
    • Harness

Does Not Include:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Trip/cancellation Insurance
  • Non-technical Personal Items – clothing, pack, sunglasses, etc
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Park Entrance Fees (if applicable)
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Unforeseen costs incurred outside of the control of SAI

Gear List

    • Underwear – Wool or synthetic
    • Socks – 2 pairs of wool or synthetic. Some people like a thinner wool sock with a liner sock underneath.
    • Long Underwear – Medium weight tops and bottoms.
    • T-shirt – Synthetic, quick-drying
    • Lightweight Fleece Top or Synthetic Mid-Layer
    • Softshell Top 
    • Waterproof-breathable Pants – Waterproof, breathable pants without insulation; full-length side-zipper highly recommended for putting on over boots when the weather gets severe. Gore-Tex is one such material used by many manufacturers.
    • Waterproof-breathable Jacket – Waterproof, breathable jacket without insulation; requires a helmet-compatible hood.
    • Insulated Parka – Required, with a helmet-compatible hood and either down or Primaloft insulation. (Micro-puff jackets are too light for potential conditions.)
    • Light-weight Gloves – Windproof gloves, for warmer conditions.
    • Medium-weight Gloves – Lightly insulated, waterproof.
    • Heavy-weight Gloves/Mittens- Waterproof, insulated
    • Warm Hat – Wool or synthetic, and snug enough to wear under a helmet.
    • Buff, or Balaclava – Protection from wind, cold and sun.
    • Sun Hat – The more coverage the better. Baseball caps or packable sun hats will work
    • Gaiters – For soft, slushy snow conditions.  Gaiters can also protect from tripping and/or ripping pants with crampons.


  • Lunch/Snacks – 1 lb per day of a variety of tasty, high energy foods
  • Water Bottles – Two 1-liter bottles. No bladders allowed for risk of freezing and/or breaking.
  • Sunglasses or Glacier Glasses – Should be high-quality, dark, large and fit snugly or have side-shields.
  • Ski Goggles – Clear or light in color, in case of blowing snow.
  • Sun Block – SPF 30 or higher
  • Lip Balm – SPF 15 or higher
  • Toilet Paper – Just in case!
  • Headlamp – For alpine starts
  • Personal First Aid Kit – Moleskin, ibuprofen, aspirin, antacids, personal prescriptions, band-aids.


  • Mountaineering boots – Full-shank, insulated, waterproof mountaineering boots are required. Ask about boot rentals.
  • Crampons – Ideally with vertical front points. Available Upon Request.
  • Technical Ice Axes – Available Upon Request
  • Climbing Harness – Available Upon Request
  • Climbing Helmet – Available Upon Request
  • Climbing Pack – 20-30 liters
  • Belay Device – Plate-style device and/or assisted braking device (gri-gri)
  • Rappel Extension– 48” sewn sling.
  • Technical Ice Tools – Two curved ice-climbing tools like the Black Diamond Cobra’s are great for alpine ice.
  • Spinner leashes – To minimize the consequences of accidentally dropping a tool
  • Trekking Poles with Snow Baskets – Highly recommended for saving energy on the way up and your knees on the descent.
  • Insulated Parka – Required, with a helmet-compatible hood and either down or Primaloft insulation.


Historic home in Lake City Colorado with Modern Amenities

The Gowdy Manor is located in the Historic district of Lake City Co.

A spacious 6 bedroom 4 bath home with a large kitchen and a lobby room full of entertainment.

Located downtown on the corner of Gunnison Ave and 5th St provides ample OHV parking and is located 2 blocks from center of town, restaurants, pubs, shopping and entertainment.


The Manor now has high speed internet through Star link.


Risk management is SAI’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. SAI guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.


Q:What am I responsible to bring?

A: Each one of course pages has information on what to bring under the tab “Price Includes”. We will also send you additional info on how to prepare for your guided day once via email once we have received your payment. 


Q:How fit should I be for my course?

A: Our courses vary from absolute beginner to more advanced techniques on the sharp end.  While a base level of fitness (moderate hiking) is generally necessary to get to the climb, all courses can be tweaked to match your level of fitness.


Q: What if the weather is bad and we need to cancel/reschedule?

A: Read our cancellation policy on our policies page.


Q: Do I need to have prior climbing experience?

A: Each course/objective has different experience requirements. This information can be found under the Prerequisites tab at the bottom of our course pages.  For example, you do not need any prior experience to enroll in our Intro to Mountaineering Course but would need some prior climbing experience to participate in our Learn to Lead Trad Course. 


Q: Is there an age minimum? Can I bring my kids?

A: No, there is not an age minimum and yes you can bring your kids! However, there are some courses where children would not be suitable. You can find more information under the “course details” tab on our course pages. Also, check out our custom guiding options where we can create custom itinerary for you and your family. 


Q: Will I need transportation to get to the climb?

A: Yes, we do not provide transportation. We encourage carpooling with other course participants whenever possible though to save the environment and parking space! Meeting times and locations will be sent out via email once you have booked a course with us. 


Q: Do you offer lodging options?

A: No. We offer recommended lodging options and sometimes discounted rates depending on the course or trip. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about lodging!


Please review our cancellation policy here.


Advanced registration is required to book this course. We have a limited amount of guides and book up regularly. Simply book online if you’re ready to secure a date or, give us a call during business hours if you have any questions.