Ice Climbing in a Safe Environment!

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Celebrating our 12th Season of ice! The only and best place to Learn to Ice Climb and to train on ice!

Thanks for your support over the past 12 years! If you want to buy our gear or take over the ice tower project, let us know!

Please make sure to sign our waiver before your trip.

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Learn the basics as you ascend our 40 foot man made ice tower located close by in the South Suburbs of Chicago. We have a warming area, gear rental, and experienced instructors! The ice tower is OPEN MOST DAYS AT 11 AM! Any day by APPOINTMENT

Note: Masks(face diapers) will NOT be required when visiting Nice Ice… it is guest choice…our staff will not be wearing them inside or outside to allow for safe communication

Pro Tip-Always check with us BEFORE booking to make sure that the ice is open to climb. Do not book too far in advance since ice conditions are always in flux…. NO Refunds




How to Lead ice intro classes are available WHEN ICE CONDITIONS PERMIT…. Ask for details…..

Please make sure to sign our waiver before your trip.


Refund Policy:

Deposits/payments are non-refundable and guarantee the date/times. If you have to cancel your outing the Nice Ice will make every effort to re-book the dates and if they re-book a full refund will be given, less a $50 service fee per group/party. If Nice Ice cancels a program we will provide a full refund(unless due to weather/temps/ice conditions-NO refunds) but Nice Ice will no way be held responsible for cost or fees due to canceling or rescheduling travel arrangements including but not limited to travel and lodging. NO Shows will not rec a refund and Guest cancellations of less than 48 hrs prior to trip date get no refunds or are allowed to re-schedule. Cancellations due to weather will try(or make a good faith effort) to be re-scheduled(subject to Nice Ice discretion and availability) and are not refundable circumstances. NO masks are required to be worn nor will our staff be wearing masks for safe communication and breathing. Booked dates/times may be rearranged after you book due to staff availability or ice farming that may be in progress… Thanks for your flexibility.

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Our Happy Customers

Check out some of our most recent reviews

Mike B.
Great Ice Climbing Near Chicago

Ive been coming to the ice tower for about 4 seasons now. Joel and the crew are knowledgeable and patient instructors and work to improve the quality of the ice climbing structures every year. Makes for a great season warmup for seasoned ice climbers, and alternative weekday workout during ice climbing nights where the tower is lit up, and a great place to take beginners or get friends feet wet in the world of ice climbing. The attention to detail and safety is superb, and the ice is always great due to the north facing wall helping form solid hard ice for training. If you're thinking about checking this out, don't wait! The ice is here today, gone tomorrow!

Jorge M.
Ice Climbing near Chicago!

Climbing the ice tower was an enjoyable experience for me. Joel is a great instructor and was on top of all the risk management. I had ice climbed before and was able to run laps on the more accessible routes, and being challenged on the most difficult one. If you are curious about this winter sport, I highly recommend you to hire Vertical Adventure guides to initiate you in the world of ice climbing. Joel made us feel welcome, and I am looking forward to going back again.

Zubin C.
Best introduction to ice climbing you could imagine!

I was at the ice tower over the weekend with a friend. It was set up extremely well - all equipment was very well maintained, and the layout was carefully designed. Joel kept a careful eye on us, always emphasizing safety, even down to how to walk with crampons on.

The instructional component was about as much as you could hope for in a day. Joel started with basics such as how to kick the crampons into ice and how to swing the ice tools, worked through good tool and foot placements, and covered technique in great detail. He demonstrated proper technique for us multiple times.

I have nothing but good things to say. Joel was friendly, professional, and extremely competent. For anyone who wants to try out ice climbing to see what it's about, or wants to try out gear before buying their own, this is the best option I could recommend!

Perfect ice climbing for everyone!

This is our third year going to Joel’s for the ice climbing wall. It’s a great environment to run laps on ice with easy parking and access to the wall. My husband and I learned ice climbing from Joel a few years ago and he got us hooked! Would recommend this place to anyone!