I offer private ice climbing guiding in the Alps, for a limited time in January. Sometimes we have conditions for ice and mixed climbing in North Wales, so I am available for that too when the conditions and availability allow.
I have spent many weeks guiding ice in Chamonix and in Cogne, mainly becasue they are perfect places for beginner ice climbers or those with more experience looking to sample some classics to have a great week. Over the last few years I have also guided ice in Switzerland, Norway, the Dolomites and Austria.
The ice climbing season is relatively short but there’s a huge amount of ice, reliable conditions and generally settled weather. Conditions start to build in December, but by mid February things are often starting to warm up too much to climb safely in many of the venues. This means that there are a limited number of weeks available so it’s important book early!
It helps if you have rock climbed before, and it also helps if you have basic crampon or mountaineering skills, although neither of those are essential.