APEX Mountain School of Vail, Colorado
The Home of Rock, Ice and Snow

When planning your adventure in Vail, Colorado, trust the best. Our family business is Vail’s original mountaineering school and climbing guide service. Apex guides love to climb and ski in the Vail area, and invite you to join us.

Our credentials are unmatched in the area with over 100 years combined staff experience in the mountains and more AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) trainings and certifications than any other Vail mountain guiding service.

Out trips include rock climbing, ice climbing, rappelling, corporate team building, avalanche education and backcountry skiing. 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

“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

“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