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Avalanche or Backcountry Winter Excursion in Rocky Mountain National Park from Apex Ex (Up to 69% Off)

The Fine Print

  • Expires May 1st, 2012.
  • May buy multiple of Winter Backcountry Basics option. Limit 5 per person for Avalanche Level 1 Experiential option. Valid only for option purchased. Online reservation required; subject to availability and weather. 7-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply; $20 rescheduling fee applies to cancellations made with more than 7 days notice. Must sign waiver. Additional equipment required for Avalanche Level 1 option.

Questions and Answers 4 questions

Q:

Are the courses on the weekends or weekdays? Or are both available? The fine print says the 'expiration varies.' Can you give more details on how that works?

Matt C.  asked on  Feb 5, 2012

A:

All of the courses are on weekends. They will start Feb 25th and run through April 2012 depending on snow conditions and number of sign ups. There will be many Avi 1 trip dates available (at least 6) and 2 or 3 Winter Backcountry Basics course dates. Youu can sign up for them starting tomorrow (2/6) by visiting the schedule page at www.ApexEx.com.

Natural Fitness Guided A.  from  Groupon  replied on  Feb 5, 2012

Q:

Does this course meet the prerequsites for taking an Avalanche level 2 class from say CMC, or other totally CAIC, AIARE, AAA, or AAI certified Level 2 courses?

Todd V.  asked on  Feb 4, 2012

A:

The avalanche Level 1 Experiential is designed to meet all industry standard prerequisite requirements. If you do choose to continue along a professional path with the Avi 2, ultimately enrollment will be at the discretion of the provider. Most recognized programs do accept participants that come from tracks outside of their specific course. Please keep in mind, that this course is designed for recreational winter travelers so that you have a solid foundation to start exploring the Colorado Winter Backcountry with a team of equally or more skilled friends or join one of the Apex Ex advanced backcountry trips. Most recreational winter travelers do not go on to the level 2 or 3 courses. If your ambition is to become a weather forecaster for example, this course might not be right for you. --- Hopefully, your goal is to travel the pristine winter wilderness and experience epic powder turns, and in that case we look forward to seeing you out there :)

Natural Fitness Guided A.  from  Groupon  replied on  Feb 4, 2012

A:

The avalanche Level 1 Experiential is designed to meet all industry standard prerequisite requirements. If you do choose to continue along a professional path with the Avi 2, ultimately enrollment will be at the discretion of the provider. Most recognized programs do accept participants that come from tracks outside of their specific course. Please keep in mind, that this course is designed for recreational winter travelers so that you have a solid foundation to start exploring the Colorado Winter Backcountry with a team of equally or more skilled friends or join one of the Apex Ex advanced backcountry trips. Most recreational winter travelers do not go on to the level 2 or 3 courses. If your ambition is to become a weather forecaster for example, this course might not be right for you. --- Hopefully, your goal is to travel the pristine winter wilderness and experience epic powder turns, and in that case we look forward to seeing you out there :)

Natural Fitness Guided A.  from  Groupon  replied on  Feb 4, 2012

Q:

Is this Level 1 course AIARE certified?

Jonathan C.  asked on  Feb 4, 2012

A:

Great question! The Avalanche Level 1 Experiential (Avi 1 Ex) is different from the AIARE in that: - The Avi 1 Ex is focused solely towards winter backcountry recreationalists (snowboard, ski, snowshoe, snowmobile) and not towards future guides and forecasters. - The Avi 1 Ex has an online pre trip course so that you can digest the information in hour long segments on your own time rather than in an 8 hour mind numbing session over the weekend. - The Avi 1 Ex is designed to maximize the time you engage in hands on skills with a larger focus on Avalanche Rescue and Snow Travel. That being said, we greatly appreciate the work being done over at AIRE, AAA and AAI and many of our guides and curriculum developers have been through the highest levels of accreditation and training from these organizations.

Natural Fitness Guided A.  from  Groupon  replied on  Feb 4, 2012

Q:

What a great group on. I have a few questions. Can my 17yo son do this if I sign a release? My son has done some ice climbing so he has the cold weather gear, but I am curious, about how much does it cost to rent the other items that he needs, ie the probe, snow shoes etc? Also approximately what are the hours of the 2 trips, if they meet at the park and ride or just drive directly to your site? Thanks!

edith r.  asked on  Feb 4, 2012

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You can check around for gear rentals if you need the Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe at REI, Neptune Mountaineering and Estes Park Mountain Shop. It is generally around $30-35 for the package. We also rent the entire setup at $30/day or each component individually if needed. You can rent the gear when you schedule your trip if you would like us to provide it.

Natural Fitness Guided A.  from  Groupon  replied on  Feb 4, 2012

A:

Thanks! 17 years olds should have a great time running circles around the adults :) We recommend 16 and up for the Avi 1 and 14 and up for the Winter Backcountry Basics trip. We will likely have a meeting time near Rocky Mountain National Park at 10am. The Denver and Boulder pick up times will be set earlier to accommodate the travel time.

Natural Fitness Guided A.  from  Groupon  replied on  Feb 4, 2012

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