The ice is in!

As the Vail Valley ski areas await more snow, ice climbers are enjoying unseasonably thick ice falls right here in East Vail! Ice climbing is a great way to get out and enjoy the spectacular mountains of Colorado on ice formations ranging from low angle beginner to...

Winter 2011 Courses

Colorado is having a record year for snowfall – Vail’s snowpack is 137% above the yearly average. With plenty of snow to feed the icefalls, the ice is in equally impressive condition. In such a banner year we hope you join us to hit the Colorado backcountry slopes on...

Avalanche Course Update

AIARE: Level 1 Avalanche Course As you know from our last blog, Apex Mountain School will be offering AIARE level 1 Avalanche Education Courses in Colorado’s Vail Valley. Apex has teamed up with AIARE (the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) to...

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses

If you love to backcountry ski, snowboard, and snowmobile, it’s likely you love to play in the deep, untracked, powder snow.   There is nothing better than the feeling of floating through the snow as you cut that perfect line.  Or maybe you ice climb in exposed...

Replacing Cam Slings

Climbing gear holds the most important thing in the world, your life! With so much riding on the protection of your gear, it’s essential to know the weak links in your system and to reduce the possibility of a failure. Climbing gear that is made of cloth-like material...

It’s snowing in Vail!

That’s right, we’re getting our first snow storm. Currently, it’s 30 degrees out with 2 inches of accumulated snow on the ground, and it’s still coming down! Many of our resorts are blowing snow and it seems we’re off to a great start for the snow base, both at the...