Join Alpine to the Max for a fully-guided ice climbing experience to test your physical & mental limits in the harsh winter climate of the Rockies. Whether you're a seasoned ice climber looking to level up your skills or a beginner looking to break into the sport, Alpine to the Max offers custom ice climbing trips near Denver that results in an unparalleled winter climbing experience.
Alpine to the Max offers guided climbing instruction across rock, alpine, and ice climbing disciplines. With us you can train year round and experience the world's greatest mountain ranges from a vantage point reserved for only the most adventurous climbers.
Explore the thrill of icy adventures with our Intro to Ice Climbing Course! Learn the basics of scaling frozen waterfalls and feel your confidence soar as you gain the necessary skills to ice climbing like a pro.
From learning the basics of layering and assembling a proper crampon/boot combination to practical advice on how to use them, this course will equip you with everything you need for your next mountaineering adventure.
Reach a custom objective with Alpine to the Max! We understand that everyone's skill level and goals are different, so we offer personalized trips to help you achieve any ice climbing objective you have in mind.
Get equipped with the necessary knowledge for safe glacier travel, such as rope work and self-arrest techniques. Learn how to recognize potential crevasses and steps for rescuing a partner if they fall into one. Our course will give you the confidence to tackle mountains like Mount Rainier or Denali.
Conquer your ice climbing dreams by taking the leap to lead climbing! With over a decade of expertise in leading, Max is well-equipped to guide and support intermediate climbers on their journey. This course will teach you the knowledge needed to become a masterful lead ice climber.
Our specialized course in multi-pitch ice is designed for experienced climbers looking to make their mark on big mountains. Get equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle technical routes. Reach new heights as you master 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.
From experienced ice climbers to outdoor enthusiasts just looking for a thrilling experience, Alpine to the Max has quickly become a go-to destination for memorable climbing experiences near Denver. With over 100 five star reviews on Google, see for yourself what people are saying about their experience.
“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 an American Mountain Guides Association certified rock and alpine guide with over a decade of experience providing custom climbing instruction. He is located just outside Denver and provides custom climbing instruction across the metro area.
Max honed his ice climbing skills guiding the classic multi-pitch ice routes in Crawford Notch during some bitterly cold New England winter months and has summited Mount Rainier nearly 100 times.
Max now leads guided ice climbs in Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park and Clear Creek Canyon in the winter months.
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Some of the top ice climbing venues in the United States are located just a short 60-90 minute drive away from Denver and Boulder. Below are the main ice climbing venues Alpine to the Max regularly guides at. Custom ice climbing trips can also be arranged upon request.
Are you ready to embark upon a winter adventure? Ice climbing is an incredible way to challenge yourself and explore the great outdoors just outside Denver. Before taking the plunge, make sure you're prepared for what's ahead by reviewing some essential Q&As here about safety and preparation before going ice climbing.