The mountain-savvy staff at Apex Ex equip people of all skill levels with the knowledge, gear, and plans necessary to explore the wilderness all year round. Seasoned guides and instructors, many of whom are trained by organizations such as the National Outdoor Leadership School and the American Mountain Guides Association, lead classes that teach students important lessons ranging from backcountry snow basics to avalanche rescue. In summer months, the experts lead guided climbing and backpacking trips and teach riders to careen down rocky paths of every sort during mountain-biking lessons.
Atop Granby Ranch's airy heights, the cycle jockeys of SolVista Basin spread a fan of lofty bike trails for all skill levels. Gear up and bomb down six beginner and intermediate trails or try to land extreme aerials on two pro-level double-black-diamonds. Stop by a complimentary mountain-biking clinic (Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.) to brush up on the basics of cornering, climbing, jumping, steep-terrain riding, and Sasquatch racing. Whether gliding carefree down the easy slopes of Nature's Way, or watching significant others brave the Cougar from the Base Camp Lodge café, wheelie cragsmen will remember this thrilling experience for years to come.
As the sun starts to melt last night's snowfall, cross-country skis gently glide over the freshly groomed trails of Grand Lake Nordic Center. The peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapahoe National Forest rise in the distance, with shifting views and perspectives as guests make their way through different trails. Newcomers can take a lesson in cross country skiing or snowshoeing while more advanced outdoorsmen tackle the snow enclaves of Randall's Romp or Spirits Haunt. The nearby lodge offers steaming bowls of soup, while children can take a tumble down the tubing hill or play rock-paper-scissors with a Yeti.