Climb the highest Via Ferrata in North America
A via ferrata ("iron way") is a climbing route that follows iron rungs (or handholds) that have been fixed permanently to the rock. A-Basin is home to North America’s highest-elevation via ferrata on the East Wall, one of the area’s most striking, prominent geographical features. A-Basin's via ferrata is a guided-only experience with two options to choose from. The full-day tour ascends 1,200 feet to a 13,000’ summit with stunning, 360-degree views. Or, choose a shorter adventure with the goal of reaching an old mine shaft where you can learn more about the history of the area. Our via ferrata is entirely above treeline and you will be immersed in Colorado's unique high-alpine environment. Harnesses, ropes, and helmets are provided but previous rock-climbing experience is not needed. For some, this will be the greatest high-alpine experience of their lives. For others, it might be the start of a new passion for mountaineering or rock climbing.Book NOw
HOW YOUR DAY WILL GO
There is a full day and a half day climbing experience.
Either way, your adventure begins with picking up climbing equipment and coffee in our base area, then enjoying a scenic chairlift ride on Black Mountain Express to 11,500 feet. From there, an OHV will drive you to the base of the East Wall. Hike 0.5 miles up to "School House Rock," our training area, where the guide will demonstrate your safety equipment and allow you to practice. You will then complete the hike to start the climbing part of your adventure!
Once you reach your climbing destination, or wherever the group wants to turn around, you will down-climb a different route and retrace the rest of your steps (you are not rappelling down). Depending on whether you book the full- or half-day tour, you should be back in Mountain Goat Plaza by 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Each tour package includes a scenic lift ride, transportation to the base of the route, and all necessary equipment and training. The full-day tour also includes a gourmet picnic lunch from il Rifugio prepared by one of our chefs.
TOUR PRICING INFORMATION
RESERVATIONS WILL OPEN MAY, 2024
Early bird pricing until Memorial day 2024. $50 of the normal rate.
VIA FERRATA FULL-DAY TOUR
The full-day tour takes an estimated 6 hours to complete and accommodates up to 5 people for $199 ($149 early bird pricing)/person, including lunch. We offer 5 timeslots for the full-day tour between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM. Must be 12 years or older.
VIA FERRATA HALF-DAY TOUR
The half-day tour takes an estimated 4 hours to complete and accommodates up to 5 people for $149 ($99 early bird pricing)/person, not including lunch. Departure times are 9:10 AM and 9:30 AM. Must be 12 years or older.
A-Basin Passholders Get 25% off!
Must sign into your account on our store to get the discount. Does not apply to people in your group who are not A-Basin passholders.
Ikon Pass holders get 25% off!
Our system cannot process your pass so please pay full-price when you book, then show us your Ikon Pass when you arrive and we'll refund you 25%. Does not apply to people in your group who are not Ikon Pass holders.
Groups of 10 or more save 20%!
When you make a reservation for 10 or more people, you will automatically save 20%. Wedding Parties & Guests: Your A-Basin wedding coordinator can provide you a discount code.
Via Ferrata FAQ
Each tour package includes a scenic lift ride, transportation to the base of the route, all necessary equipment and training. The full-day tour also receives a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by our main restaurant.
Per Colorado amusement regulations, it is the guest’s responsibility to adhere to policies and procedures established at the park as well as verbal directions from staff.