ADVENTURE PROGRAMS AND EDUCATION (APE)

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7093 Specker Ave, Bldg. 2429  

Monday- Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Hours may vary due to programming.

 

Contact Us

(719) 526-5176 (Trevor)
(719) 526-5198 (Carleton)

(719) 526-3907 (Tara)

 

• Indoor rock climbing wall: 28’ tall and 43’ wide!

• Expert advice & assistance
• Instruction courses and clinics
• Affordable prices
• Climbing certifications
• Youth adventure programs
• Team building programs

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Adventure Programs and Education

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Fort Carson Adventure

Programs and Education

SKI AND SNOWBOARD 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get on the Bus Ski & Snowboard Trips  

We are now collaborating with all military bases in the Colorado Springs area to bring you more choices, more dates, and more resorts to ski-your-pants-off. With a central meeting point in town, great prices, safe drivers, and plenty of options, there’s even less reason to drive yourself. So, Get-On-The-Bus!

 

November

22nd Loveland

 

December

6th Loveland

13th Breckenridge

20th Monarch

24th Monarch

27th Keystone OR Loveland

28th Breckenridge

 

January

3rd Copper Mtn. OR Loveland

10th Monarch OR A-Basin

11th Monarch

16th Fort Carson Ski Day (Lift Tickets only $45)

17th Breckenridge OR Keystone

19th Monarch

24th Keystone

31st Ski Cooper OR Copper Mtn

 

February

7th Monarch OR Breckenridge

14th Loveland

15th Copper Mnt

21st Monarch OR Breckenridge

28th Loveland OR Breckenridge

 

March

1st Monarch

7th Keystone OR Ski Cooper

8th Loveland

14th Keystone OR Monarch

21st Monarch or Copper Mtn

25th Monarch

28th A-Basin OR Breckenridge

29th Monarch

 

April

5th Keystone OR Monarch

12th Monarch Closing Day

18th Breckenridge Closing Day

 

Time: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $25 Transportation Only

Monarch, Ski Cooper, Loveland, A-Basin Adult: $65 for Lift ticket and Transportation

Monarch youth, ages 7-12 $45 

Loveland 14 & under get ticket at resort

 

 

Crested Butte Ski & Snowboard Weekend Trip

Join us on this amazing trip and find out why people come from all over the world to ski CB.  Trip includes: 2 nights lodging at the Grand Lodge, 2 days skiing & snowboarding at CB, 2 breakfasts, and round trip transportation.  We will leave Friday night and be back late Sunday. 

Join us and see why people normally pay $85 dollars a day just to ski here.

 

Dates: Dec. 12-14

Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. – Sun. 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $220 1st & 2nd per person/ per room, $120 3rd & 4th person per room.

 

Wolf Creek Ski & Snowboard Weekend Trip

Join us for a trip that will exhilarate the body and relax the soul.  Enjoy two of the best loved Ski Areas in CO.  Relax in the hot springs of Pagosa.  Cost includes transportation, lodging, two nights at the hot springs, two breakfasts.

 

Dates:  Feb. 14-16

Time: Sat. 7:00 a.m. - Mon. 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $210 1st & 2nd per person.

          $120 3rd & 4th person per room

 

Cross-Country Skiing

Experience an “age old” style of traveling in a winter environment.  Join us for a day in the Rocky Mountains while learning the basics of cross-country skiing.  Our instructors will provide you with transportation and instruction.  

 

Dates:  Jan. 3,  Mar. 8    

Time: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:  $30 with ski rental 

 

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING

 

How to Mountain Bike 

Make the transition from just riding around to mountain biking. Come join our instructors one evening after work. Learn to ride over obstacles, climb, descend, and turning in the rough stuff. This course starts easy and moves through tougher terrain. 

 

Weekday Dates: Apr. 22, May 6

Weekday Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $10, includes bike rental 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

 

Warrior Adventure Quest Programs

If you have come home from deployment in the last 120 days, have your company inquire about our free Warrior Adventure Quest programs. For more information, please contact Erin Johnson at erin.johnson5@us.army.mil or 719-526-5176.

 

Alternative PT Programs

Want to try something new during PT Time? Have a representative from your platoon contact us about PT Climbs or PT Kayak.

 

Adventure Programs and Education

 

It's all about fun, it goes without saying. Our larger goal is to teach the skills necessary to make good decisions for yourself, so you can enjoy the wilderness for a lifetime.

 

Our programs are structured with the highest regard for safety, while offering quality instruction and preservation of the environment and striving to stay number one in the jungle of customer service.

 

Customizing programs for YOUR needs:

Adventure Programs & Education offers a broad range of trips and instructional courses for everyone, but maybe the dates printed below just don’t fit your calendar.

 

If you have your own group and would like to schedule a private trip, just call us. We do customized trips! 

 

Get out and explore your summer and fall season in a new way!

 

*All dates and prices and subject to change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing allows you to experience the solitude and serenity of our Colorado wilderness.  You will learn tips and techniques for traveling on snowshoes efficiently and have many opportunities for those “Kodak Moments”.

 

Dates: Dec. 27, Jan. 11,  Feb.7, Mar. 25 

Time: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:  $30 with snowshoe rental

 

Full Moon Snowshoe(NEW)

Snowshoeing allows you to experience the solitude and serenity of our Colorado wilderness under a full moon.  Trip will include Hot Cocoa.  We will hike if there is no snow.  

 

Dates: Jan. 6,   Mar. 5 

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Cost:  $5 

 

Avalanche Awareness Class 

With the increased popularity of winter activities such as ice climbing, winter mountaineering, and backcountry skiing/snowboarding many more people are traveling into avalanche terrain.  Nearly all avalanches that involve people are triggered by the victims themselves or a member of their party. Attending this class will give you an introduction on the following topics: what is avalanche terrain, trip planning, reducing your risks in the field, rescue, avalanche equipment, and your next steps.  

 

Dates: Dec. 15,  Jan. 26,   Feb. 23,  Mar. 9 & 23

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. @ City Rock Climbing Gym, Downtown Colorado Springs.

Cost: FREE

 

Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding  

(Mandatory Prerequisite: Avalanche Awareness Class)

So you want to ride in powder and you’re sick of the crowds and lift lines at resorts?  Come learn the skills necessary to travel in the backcountry while experiencing the solitude and freedom of the hills, which makes backcountry skiing & snowboarding so unique. Spend the day out on the snow!

 

Dates: TBD

Time: Sat. 6:00a – 8:00p

Cost:  $75

 

Lost Wonder Hut Ski or Snowshoe Trip   

Imagine a winter wonderland right at your front door.  Join us for a ski hut trip in the Rockies.  Ski 4 miles to this amazing hut, experience excellent skiing, great food, warm fire and the company of others. 

 

Dates: Jan. 31 - Feb. 1

Time: Sat.  6:00 a.m. – Sun. 6:00 p.m.

Cost:  $170

 

 

Family Friendly Backcountry Yurt Trip

Great for ages 8 and up! With only a 1 mile hike in, let our staff carry your gear & enjoy a relaxing early winter trip.  S ‘mores, laughter & food provided.

 

Dates: Dec. 20-21

Time: Sat.  6:00a – Sun. 7:00p

Cost:  $160

 

Snowmobile Trips

This tour has it all; trail riding, road riding and plenty of free ride time.  Visit three historic gold and silver mines and two operating quarries.  Lunch included.  Ages 15 & older can ride solo, ages 5 & older to ride as a passenger.

 

Dates: Dec. 24,  Jan. 19, Feb. 21,  Mar. 21 & 29

Time: 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Cost: $175 single rider, $240 two riders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountaineering Weekend Trip

Learn basic mountaineering skills such as self-arrest, use of pickets and flukes, and traveling over snow with crampons and an ice axe.  The goal of the course is to put these skills to the test on an ascent of a moderately steep snow or mixed route.  Come enjoy the freedom of the hills!  Price includes all technical equipment, 2 lunches, & 1 breakfast.

 

Dates: April 17-19

Time: Fri. 6:30 a.m. – Sun. 8:00 p.m.

Pre Trip Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on 

Cost: $200 

CLIMBING

 

Climbing Wall Orientation 

Intro to knots, belay techniques and climbing communication. Certify to climb the indoor climbing wall at the Outdoor Rec. Center & Iron Horse PFC. 

 

Dates:  Thurs. at Outdoor Rec. (Except Holidays)

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20/person 

 

Outdoor Rock Instruction 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Orientation) 

Join the APE guides into the realm of the vertical world! You will be introduced to basic body movements and route selection and safety around the rocks.

 

Dates: Sept. 27; Oct. 18.

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: $60/person 

 

 

Beginner Ice Climbing 

(Recommended Prerequisite: Climbing Wall Instruction)

 Climbing a frozen waterfall is a truly unique and rewarding experience that will inspire and entice as you move upward while balancing on crampons and ice tools.  Throughout the day you will learn basic movements and techniques of climbing ice. 

 

Dates:  Dec.  24;  Jan. 3, 17;    Feb. 7, 28;  Mar. 1

Time: 7:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $50

 

 

Intermediate Ice Climbing

Join us at Lincoln Falls on a Friday to avoid the crowds!  This amazing frozen waterfall is at the base of Mount Lincoln near Hoosier Pass.  Come test your skills on vertical single and multi-pitch ice curtains. 

 

Dates:  Feb. 13, Mar. 20

Time: 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $75

 

Ouray Ice Climbing Weekend

(Recommended Prerequisite: Beginner Ice Climbing)

This class is located in the Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray, Colorado. The Ouray Ice Park was the world’s first park devoted exclusively to the sport of ice climbing.  Join the APE guides for a weekend of world-class ice climbing, while staying in the town of Ouray digesting all this unique mountain town has to offer.  A trip you won’t soon forget!

 

Dates: Feb. 20-22

Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. – Sun. 7:00 p.m.

Cost:  $225

 

Lake City Ice Climbing Weekend

(Recommended Prerequisite: Beginner Ice Climbing)

If you are tired of following other people’s trails and you don’t mind not seeing another climbing party all day, then this is the spot for you.  Buried in the heart of the San Juan Mountains there you will find Lake City.  This town is one of the most quaint, beautiful and adventurous areas in the state.  The weekend will consist of wild ice climbs and warm nights by the fire.  Spend the weekend in the true “wild west” with APE!  

 

Dates: Jan. 23-25

Time:  Fri. 8:00 a.m. - Sun. 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $225

 

Easter Egg Wall Crawl: Ages 5 to 12

Let your little bunnies climb the outdoor climbing wall in search of hidden eggs.  This vertical egg hunt is sure to make everyone extra “hoppy!”  Please pre-register by calling 526-5366 or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Complex, Bldg. 2429. 

 

Date: Mar. 24 

Time: 4:00 -4:25 p.m., 4:30 – 4:55 p.m., 5:00 – 5:25 p.m., 5:30 – 5:55 p.m.

Cost: $1

 

 

SPECIALITY PROGRAMS (NEW)

 

SnoFest

SnoFest features more than world-class skiing and snowboarding! This year there will be fabulous lodging, parties, giveaways, races, a hilarious cardboard derby, sleigh rides, tubing, ice-skating, non-skier excursions and more. You won't want to miss this spectacular event hosted by the Front Range Military Bases at Keystone Resort.

*If you want to go to SnoFest all weekend, please sign up through Rocky Mountain Blue.

 

Date: Jan. 23-25

 

Fun Bus

Cripple Creek Casinos & Ice Castles

Chose to gamble or check out the annual Ice Festival. 160 pound blocks of ice are transformed into this year's theme of Mythological Wonderland.  The Ice Maze, Ice Slide, and interactive ice sculptures make this event perfect for photo opportunities and hours of fun. 

 

Date: Feb. 21

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $15

 

Black Hawk Casinos

Black Hawk is the largest gambling town you will find in Colorado and is home to 18 casinos, operating 24 hours a day.

 

Date: Nov. 1,  Mar.28,  Apr. 11

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $25

 

Golden City Brew Tour

Check out many different breweries in Golden; including Coors Brewery (where you receive 3 FREE beers). 

 

Date: Apr. 25

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $15