Going ice climbing with Alpine to the Max is an exhilarating experience that will test your physical and mental limits. Professional guide Max Lurie has the knowledge and experience to teach you the proper techniques for navigating frozen ice walls safely, allowing you to admire the majestic beauty of Colorado from a vantage point reserved for only the bravest and most daring climbers.
Alpine to the Max offers top-notch ice climbing lessons in Colorado. Below are a list of popular topics we can cover during your lessons with us. Every lesson is customized to the individual climber(s) on the course, so you can be learn and improve your skills more effectively.
Ready to take on the thrill of scaling frozen waterfalls and explore the excitement of ice climbing? Our Introduction to Ice Climbing Course is the perfect starting point for beginners looking to learn the basics and gain the necessary skills to tackle this exciting sport.
This course will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to start your ice climbing journey with confidence. From mastering the basics of layering to learning how to use crampons and boots effectively, Max will guide you every step of the way.
We recognize that everyone's climbing abilities and objectives differ. That's why we offer personalized trips to help you reach your personal ice climbing goals. Let our experienced mountaineer Max Lurie guide you on a journey of exploration, testing your physical and mental limits in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.
n this course, we cover essential glacier travel techniques and crevasse rescue skills. You will learn to identify potential danger spots, use rope work correctly, and practice self-arrest drills. With the knowledge gained here, you can have the confidence to climb mountains like Mount Rainier or Denali with safety and assurance.
For over 10 years, Max Lurie has been climbing and leading ice routes across North America. Take the next step in your journey and join him to learn the skills you need to become a confident lead climber. This course will provide all the necessary knowledge required for success and give you the keys to unlock your dreams of becoming an expert ice climber.
This course for experienced climbers offers specialized instruction in multi-pitch ice climbing techniques. Get the skills you need to tackle bigger routes and reach greater heights. Become an expert in the art of multi-pitch ice climbing.
Our independently guided ice climbing courses offer something for everyone regardless of past experience or current skill level. With over 100 five-star reviews, you can't go wrong.
Ice climbers of all experience levels come away from their time with Alpine to the Max in Colorado with expert instruction they can use for future climbs. Check out our glowing reviews below to get an idea of what people have to say about the ice climbing lessons we offer.
“I climbed with Max last summer on a couple of couloirs in Rocky Mountain National Park. I’m a complete newbie to technical snow and Max was everything that I was hoping for in a guide. Knowledgeable, patient and passionate about educating his clients. It was a fantastic experience and I cannot wait to go back out with him.”
“Max is easily one of the best guides I have ever taken a course with. Max's knowledge paired with his experience and skill set is unparalleled. I learned so much and I am so grateful to have taken a course with him! Max provided the education and knowledge I needed to continue recreating safely in the mountains.”
“Max was an amazing guide and instructor for our 2-day AIARE 1 course. Funny, affable, deeply knowledgeable, with an excellent approach to instruction and learning. We saw several other AIARE courses out there in the same locations, and in comparison, we were VERY glad we were spending our weekend learning from Max!
Max is awesome! My climbing partner and I booked a day with Max to learn how to ice climb. Between making the meetup spot an easy to find location, to providing in-depth instruction throughout the day, I can't recommend Max enough. Max's instruction was clear, safe, and easy to follow. He's personable and easy to learn from.
What an awesome experience. My friend and I spent four days with Max going through a variety of topics and we couldn't have been happier with the instruction. Max is SO well versed in a multitude of areas. And he's an awesome person to be around and it makes the guiding experience that much better. I would 100% do another session with Max!
We strongly recommend Max as a guide and instructor. Having climbed with Max several times over the past decade, we always come away with a great experience and a smile. His enthusiasm and knowledge, plus a wry sense of humor, make for instructive and fun days of climbing. We hope to get out to CO to climb someday with Max again.
It was awesome. We covered a ton of material in such a short window and I was able to apply everything I learned. I had pretty minimal experience at the start but he delivered everything in a super easy to understand manner that made it a ton of fun and extremely informative. I’ll definitely be coming back for future sessions.
Max was incredibly helpful for our intro to trad course. He not only teaches the information, but makes sure to go over alternative techniques and general climbing philosophy. We were able to customize the class that day to go over things that interested us rather than a set curriculum, which I really enjoyed. I couldn’t recommend Max enough.
I had very limited climbing experience coming into this guided rock climbing experience. Max takes me out and we literally jump right into my introduction to climbing. Max literally inspired me to get out of my comfort zone immediately and go beyond what I thought I was capable of. Thank you Max for an awesome experience in the mountains.
Max is an outstanding guide! I couldn’t have asked for a better day of climbing and learning. I joined Max in hopes of setting a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in my own climbing endeavors to come, and I was beyond satisfied with the day he had prepared for us. An incredible instructor and ideal climbing partner!
Max is adept, knowledgeable, and great to work with all around! He breaks down skills and explains them thoroughly, taking the time to make sure you understand a concept before moving on to something more complex. If you want to up your technical climbing skills and have a darn good time doing it then Max is your guy!
Max was extremely knowledge and encouraging while we were learning and practicing building anchors and hauling for crevasse rescue. He also had a great sense of humor and kept the mood light while we were suffering through brutally cold temperatures during the practice. 10/10 would recommend!
My partner and I hired Max for a day of self rescue skills and we had an absolute blast. Max is super knowledgeable and was more than patient answering all of our questions. We never felt rushed and had time to go through different scenarios and skills. I really enjoyed learning from a professional and would recommend to anyone!
Max was a terrific mountain guide. We did a split-board tour of the Hidden Valley area of Rock Mtn National Park and I couldn’t have had asked for a better guide. He answered all of my questions and expressed great knowledge in snow science as well as mountain geology and avalanche safety. Highly recommend!
I spent a day learning trad/multipitch climbing with Max in a "classroom setting". The dollars I spent on that session have been more valuable than any climbing trip or equipment. The techniques he taught me have stuck with me throughout my climbing career and set me up for success in the mountains.
Max Lurie is a seasoned climber with a wealth of experience across rock, ice and alpine disciplines. Holding certifications from the American Mountain Guides Association, Max has over a decade of experience providing personalized climbing instruction and guidance to climbers of all skill levels.
Max honed his ice climbing skills on the challenging and icy routes of Crawford Notch in New England. He has even summited Mount Rainier a remarkable 100 times.
As a climbing guide based in Boulder, he continues to guide and inspire climbers in the winter months near Rocky Mountain National Park and Clear Creek Canyon.
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Alpine to the Max is an experienced and certified independent guide service with over 10 years of expertise across diverse terrains. Regardless of your current skill level, when you join us for an ice climb, you will receive a premium and personalized experience tailored to your specific requirements
The spine of the continent. Rocky Mountain National Park needs no introduction. RMNP is home to some incredible mountaineering and climbing terrain. Depending on the season alpine rock climbing gives way to backcountry skiing, ice climbing and mountaineering. Test your systems and knowledge in this incredible national park.
If you want to experience an adrenaline-pumping winter activity, ice climbing is the perfect choice. However, before embarking on this thrilling adventure, it's crucial to be fully equipped to guarantee a safe and enjoyable experience. To help you prepare for your ice climb lessons with Alpine to the Max, here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.