Apex Ex

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

49 Ratings

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Two days of field training and online coursework instill precautions and tactics for staying safe in Colorado’s winter backcountry

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Choose from Five Options

  • $249 for a two-day Avi 1 avalanche-rescue course with overnight lodging for one ($499 value)

Choose from the following weekend dates:

  • January 23–24
  • January 30–31
  • February 6–7
  • February 20–21
  • March 5–6

Conducted over two days at Rocky Mountain National Park and the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, the Avalanche Level 1 Experiential course reviews the essentials of staying safe in Colorado’s winter backcountry. After completing eight hours of online coursework at their leisure, students undergo two days of field training in both avalanche-rescue tactics and strategies for safe snow travel. Though the course fee includes instruction and required readings, students must either provide their own equipment—such as skis, shovels, and beacons for blinding prowling yetis—or rent gear from Apex Ex for an industry-standard rate.

Participants receive Saturday-night accommodation in Estes Park.

Apex Ex

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.

Customer Reviews

49 Ratings

Excellent guide and great experience. Would highly recommend!
Megan B. · September 15, 2016
Great guides, great fun. If you're looking for a strenuous workout, this isn't it (from perspective of a reasonably fit 50-year-old), but it is a good walk at altitude in a beautiful environment with good people.
Mark H. · February 23, 2016
Definitely a fun time. Would have liked to do more advanced course. Definitely want to come back.
Melvin P. · July 18, 2015
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    Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

    Moraine Ave

    Estes Park, CO 80517

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