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Single Day Outings

Beginner Ice Climbing

Snow and ice-covered peaks, ease of access and a multitude of challenge levels provides the quintessential setting for your first time on the ice. Ice climbing is an exciting experience that will both take your breath away and empower you in the same moment. It’s an adventure, an adrenaline rush and a moving meditation all in one.

This beginner ice climbing course is a great introduction to the basics of ice climbing. After an orientation, we’ll warm up with some easier climbing on low-angle ice, developing fundamental skills before moving up to steeper ice, and even intermediate ice climbing if it suits your group.

Family Ice Climbing

Ice climbing as a family is a unforgettable trip for you to share with your family and is a great way to experience the Vail valley in a unique and exciting way. From the stunning frozen waterfalls of East Vail to the remote wilderness of Chalk Creek in Leadville, Vail family ice climb is an amazing experience in a beautiful mountain setting.

With many beautiful locations throughout the Vail area, our guides will try to find the perfect family ice climbing location that suits your families size as well as age range and ability levels. We’ve taken out ice climbers as young as 8, and our Vail family ice climb is sure to be an unforgettable experience no matter what your age.


Group Ice Climbing

Group ice climbing in Vail, Colorado is a popular choice for large groups, families, and corperate events. Stepping outside of your group’s circle of comfort and challenging each other climbing on the frozen ice falls of Vail, Colorado strengthens ties, increases trust in one another and creates amazing memories of the Colorado Rockies.

If it’s a team building activity you’re after, the success of groups and organizations depends on individuals working together as a team to unlock hidden potential, and there’s no doubt about this environment’s ability to unlock potential. Apex can help corporate groups work together to improve teamwork, communication, problem solving, productivity, and motivation.

What to bring:

  • Beacon (rental available)
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
  • Mid layer top and bottom
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Winter jacket
  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Food

You may also want to consider:

  • Hand warmers
  • Thermos of hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera

APEX Provides:

  • Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmet
  • Harness (42”/44” max)