Program // Clinics

Introduction to ice climbing

available in French only

Friday, February 23, 2024

9:00am - 3:00pm
Beginner level
8 places available
Clinic appointment time: 8:30 a.m.
Meeting point: Festiglace site reception (see map)


This introductory day is an exceptional opportunity to safely explore the various techniques of ice climbing and make several rewarding ascents.

It’s perfect if this is your first experience of ice climbing, or if you’ve already taken an introductory course and would now like to make ascents supervised by an experienced and renowned instructor, without necessarily tackling more advanced techniques such as belaying or abseiling.

Participants must be at least 14 years old, and youngsters of this age are welcome if accompanied by a parent! Please note that this activity is not recommended for pregnant women. Get ready for a memorable day, discovering the subtleties of ice climbing in a safe and exciting setting.


Please note that temperatures can be very cold and variable. Therefore, pack adjustable layers of clothing, from functional T-shirts to mid-layers of fleece or wool, a down jacket, a GORE-TEX jacket, softshell pants, GORE-TEX pants, a hat, a pair of thin, warm gloves, and consider bringing a spare pair.

Sun protection (sunglasses, high factor sunscreen, lip balm), enough food for the duration of the clinic, and water (at least 2 liters) for a full day in the mountains. It’s also nice to have a hot drink in a YETI thermos.

Don’t forget your phone or camera to immortalize your experience.

The following equipment is available from our Festival partners at the reception desk.

Crampons compatible with mountaineering boots, technical crampons for ice climbing, climbing harness, climbing helmet, 2 ice axes (can be borrowed from our partner), 2 screw-in carabiners, Reverso-type belay system or similar.

$150 per person

*Taxes not included.

Jérôme St-Michel

Jérôme St-Michel is a passionate and experienced climber, practicing various forms of climbing, such as crack climbing, sport climbing, ice climbing, mixed climbing and bouldering. He took part in the 2020 and 2023 editions of Festiglace, demonstrating his skills in ice climbing and mixed climbing. He is preparing for his next projects by training in the gym and practicing roped solos on lesser-known crags.