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Mountaineering Weekend

Family adventurers save the date! YMCA of the Rockies will hold its 4th annual Mountaineering Weekend on February 14 – 17, 2020.

Book Your Accommodation for Mountaineering Weekend Here! Or call us at 888-613-9622.

Recently named “Best Family Resort in America” by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards, YMCA of the Rockies is located on 800+ acres with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, providing the perfect landscape for outdoor enthusiasts and their families (and dogs) to explore mountaineering. Whether it’s your first time out, or your family has camped in national parks many times, this special event has excursions for every level.

Special Guest:

Mountaineering Weekend is pleased to welcome Alpine Climber Quinn Brett as one of our guest speakers. Quinn Brett sought to travel and climb mountains throughout the world, reveling in the freedom of movement but also advocating for safe keeping of these special places.  She worked as a climbing ranger Rocky Mountain National Park, technical rescuer and first responder.  This intimate work within public lands also opened opportunities to spread a need for stewardship within the recreational community.  October 2017 she took a big fall while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park, causing paralysis below the navel.  Her drive to cover long distances over technically complex terrain continues, so does her advocacy and adventure love for wild spaces.

The Mountaineering Weekend features educational sessions on winter survival tips and mountaineering skills (learn about avalanche awareness, beacon rescue searches, orienteering and the best first aid for backcountry), guided snowshoe hikes & winter ecology explorations in RMNP, ice climbing demonstrations, and much more!

Children will enjoy special story times, kid-lead hikes and fun snow activities (with hot chocolate of course). Regular YMCA of the Rockies programs will be running throughout the weekend, providing a great opportunity to check out the Craft and Design Center, rent some ice skates(weather depending), or take a dip in the indoor pool.

All Mountaineering Weekend activities are free for guests staying in lodge rooms or cabins. Booking & advanced registration is required for weekend activities, booking link coming soon! Day passes for guests staying off-grounds are also available for $25 per person, per day.

YMCA’s Super Value rates are valid for lodge rooms and value rates for private cabins. Guests can participate in the weekend for as low as $89 per night for a lodge room or $164 per night for a two-bedroom cabin.

The 2020 schedule is coming soon, until then, browse last year’s schedule: 

Tentative Schedule: 


7:00 PM                 Climbing Kickoff                                   Mountain Center



8:00 AM                 Yoga                                                   Mountain Center

9:30 AM                 Ice Anchors                                          Mountain Center

10:30 AM               Snow Caves                                          Mountain Center

1:00 PM                 Search & Rescue Dog Presentation          Mountain Center

2:15 PM                 Mountain Guardians                               Mountain Center

3:30 PM                 Glacier Creek Hike                                 Mountain Center

7:00 PM                 Keynote Speakers – Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj         Ponder Chapel



7:30 AM                 Boot Camp                                           Longhouse Gym

11:00 AM               Winter Warmth                                 Mountain Center

1:00 PM                 Winter Navigation                                 Mountain Center

3:30 PM                 Rocky Mountain National Park Bus Tour       Meet at Sweet Memorial

7:00 PM                 Keynote Speaker – Ricardo Pena                       Ponder Chapel



8:00 AM                 Emerald Lake Hike                                 Mountain Center

(schedule subject to change)


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