Apex Mountain School

Apex Mountain School

Hiking/Backpacking- Hike and backpack with Apex Mountain School in the beauty of the Colorado Rockies this summer. Fun for the whole family! Exceptional guiding for those in search of adventure and challenge. Come have an amazing hiking adventure with #1-recommended and professionally trained commercial mountain guides at Apex Mountain School. No experience necessary. 

Portaledge Overnighters- Experience sleeping in a tent on a vertical rock wall with Apex Mountain School on our Portaledge Overnighters this summer. Just like the big wall climbers in Yosemite, you can experience the thrill of sleeping with nothing but air below you. Offered for groups of 1 to 4 people, with the option to climb and rappel as well. #1-recommended climbing and rappelling guide service in the Vail Valley.

Rock Climbing- Rock climb on Real Rock with Apex in Vail this summer. Fun for the whole family! Exceptional guiding for those in search of adventure and challenge. “The most fun we’ve ever had in the Vail Valley!” #1-recommended professionally trained commercial climbing and rappelling mountain guides in the area and throughout Colorado. Come see why our clients keep returning.

Rappelling- Rappelling on Real Rock with Apex Mountain School opens the door to adventure. It’s an activity for groups and individuals of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels in an easy-to-access location with amazing vistas. Apex’s professionally-trained commercial mountain guides will ensure that you have a safe once-in-a-lifetime experience. No experience necessary, and all equipment is provided. Call today to learn more about these and other family-friendly activities.

Peak Ascents- Climb the highest point in Colorado with the experienced and fun Professional Commercial Mountain Guides of Apex Mountain School! Groups, couples, families, singles – all are welcome to test themselves against this amazing natural wonder! Climb with the #1 recommended guide in the area.

Mountain Biking- Experience the thrill of mountain biking in some of the best terrain on earth with the fun Professionally Trained Commercial Mountain Guides of Apex Mountain School! All ages, ability and fitness levels – no experience necessary. Come see why Apex is #1 Recommended!


Backcountry Skiing and Riding Vail – Escape the crowded lift lines and step into the exciting world of backcountry skiing. Apex’s professional guides will help you safely find the powder stashes and take your skiing or riding to the next level. Our guides know the local terrain better than anyone else and are excited to share their vast experience skiing and riding in the Colorado backcountry with you. Trips for newer backcountry travelers and seasoned adventurers alike. Activities for all ages and skill levels.

Snowshoe Cross-country Skiing the Vail Valley – Venture into Colorado’s winter wonderland on snowshoes or cross-country skis and experience all that the Colorado high country has to offer. These winter outings offer unforgettable experiences for the whole family without the crowds of the resort. Apex Mountain School’s premier guides can tailor trips to your specific goals and group size to create the perfect experience.

Ice Climbing Vail – In winter, cascading waterfalls and trickling alpine flows freeze and form fantastically beautiful ice climbs. These short-lived sculptures offer phenomenal climbing opportunities, hence a chance to experience a truly unique and unforgettable adventure. With expansive views of Colorado’s Rockies and a chance to challenge yourself in a winter wonderland, ice climbing is a great way to spend the day in the mountains. Trips for newer climbers and seasoned adventurers alike. Activities for all ages and skill levels.

Avalanche Safety- Learn how to properly mitigate avalanche danger with the Vail Valley’s largest and longest standing AIARE avalanche education provider: Apex Mountain School. The certified AIARE instructors will teach you how to navigate backcountry avalanche terrain in the AIARE level 1 course and learn companion rescue in the AIARE Avalanche Rescue course. We look forward to introducing you to backcountry terrain and instilling confidence so that you can explore on your own.

Winter 14’er Ascents- Summit Colorado’s highest peak with Apex Mountain School’s professional guides. Colorado is home to the greatest number of peaks at or above 14,000 feet in North America. Here, mountain enthusiasts have the chance to experience one of the most impressive mountain  ranges on the continent. In addition to winter mountaineering courses, we also offer privately guided hiking trips to the majestic Colorado alpine. Our guides will work with you to select a route and itinerary that meets your specific needs.


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