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APEX Mountain School of Vail – If You’re Looking For An Adventure, We Can Help You Find It!


When planning your mountaineering adventure in Vail, Colorado, trust the best. Our famliy buisness is Vail’s original mountaineering school and climbing guide service. Apex guides climb together and ski together in the Vail area, and we would love for you to join us.

With over 75 years combined experience, and more AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) trainings and certifications than any other guiding service in the area, our credentials are unmatched.

 Rock climbing, ice climbing, adventure rappelling, corporate team building, and avalanche education. Backcountry skiing, orienteering, and hut trips. If it’s mountaineering, call Vail’s source for high adventure – Apex Mountain School.

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“Thank you Apex Mountain School for another great ice climbing trip. I appreciate the great service and attention to detail. I highly recommend Apex to anybody that is heading to Vail and is looking for adventure with experienced and helpful guides. This was my second time training with Tom and I will be back for rock climbing in the summer.”

Andrew B.

Vail Ice Climbing

“I recently took an AIARE Level 1 avy course with Apex. The 3-day course ran seamlessly with 1 classroom day and 2 field days.

Zach and Scott are professional and knowledgeable, and were overall fantastic instructors. I learned an incredible amount during the course.

I’d highly recommend taking an AIARE Level 1 course with Apex before venturing too deep into the backcountry.

In addition to knowledge, Zack and Scott bestowed practical skills and tips and tricks for travel in the backcountry, which can only be passed down from those experienced in the field.

The lessons I learned have already impacted how I look at the backcountry, and I’m looking forward to taking Level 2!

TJ R.

AIARE Level 1

“5/5 stars for sure. Our guides were prompt, professional, and most importantly an absolute blast to be around.

My friends and I booked Apex for a multi pitch climb on the Flatirons in Boulder, and opted for a prep day as well.

Our guides Scott & Sarah went above and beyond to make sure we were prepared to complete our collective first multi pitch experience.

They were clearly passionate about climbing and shared that passion with us; I would recommend Apex to anyone looking for challenging, awesome outdoor experience.”

Pete O.

Multi-Pitch Climb on the Flatirons in Boulder