34510 US Hwy 6, Edwards, Colorado
Hours: 9am - 6pm | 7 days/week
Questions? Call: 970-926-3867
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Why Alpine Kayak?
What class should I take?
What should I bring/ wear to my kayak class?
Where is Alpine Kayak?
I don't have any experience, can I kayak?
When is the kayak season in Colorado?
Will I get wet?
Should I tip my instructor?
Can I rent a kayak at Alpine Kayak?
Where are the classes & trips?
Are you certified to give kayak lessons?
Can my kids come along?
What is your class/ trip cancellation policy
Our standards for instructors are some of the highest you’ll find anywhere, so that you have a great experience on the water
Proven methods that help you learn fast!!
The best selection of kayaks and gear, so that you will have the right fit and be comfortable.
Ask about the Paddle Club Season Pass!!!!! Paddle every week for $25 after you have taken a river class
Interested in seeing what kayaking is all about?
Take: A pool or lake class.
When: Pool-Wed nights at the Avon Rec Center 6:30-9. Call for reservations. Feb-Oct
Lake- Weekdays or weekends. May-Oct
Cost: Lake $75. Call for private rates.
Try: A ½ Day Sit-on-Top Kayak Tour
When: Daily May-Oct
Cost: ½ Day trips start at $79
Interested in learning whitewater kayaking?
Take: A Beginner River Class.
When: May-Oct. Weekdays and Weekends. Class consists of a 3-4 hour lake session in the evening or afternoon and then the next full day on the Colorado River.
Cost: $175 Call for private and group rates!
Want to learn how to Roll?
Take: A pool roll class
When: Wednesday nights 6:15- 9:00pm
Cost: $40 Call for reservations
Took a beginner river class last year and want to refresh or start the season right?
Take: A refresher class.
When: May- Sept. One day on the Upper Colorado River. Weekdays or weekends
Cost: $119. $99 with your own equipment.
Took a beginner class and want the next level class?
Take: An intermediate class
When: June, July or August
Cost: Call for pricing
Want to do Class III?
Take: A group or private lesson on the Shoshone Rapids in Glenwood Canyon
When May- October
Cost: Depends on # of runs and group size
Can my child learn to kayak?
Take: Beginner group river class participants must be 11 yrs old to go on the river.
Take: A private lake class with your children of age 7 and up.
Want to learn everything in 1 day?
Note: This is only for those who are very athletic and in good shape!
Take: One day intensive beginner river class.
When: April- Oct
Cost: Private rates apply
All of your kayaking equipment is included with your class. These items are: a kayak, paddle, helmet, sprayskirt, PFD, wetsuit & paddle jacket. You must bring your own footwear. i.e. Wetsuit booties, aquasocks, etc... & lunch.
You should bring comfort items such as: sunscreen, sunglasses, towel, water bottle, waterproof camera & anything else to help keep you comfortable for a day in the sun.
Alpine Kayak is centrally located in both the beautiful Vail Valley & Aspen Valley of Central Colorado. More specifically we are in Edwards & Glenwood Springs, CO.
Yes, most of our students have had little to no prior kayaking experience. "First timers" are our specialty!
It is good to be comfortable around water & a strong swimmer.
Alpine Kayak teaches kayaking 9 months out of the year.
River Classes are offered from late Apr- mid Oct.
Pool Classes are indoors and are taught from Feb- Oct.
Yes, In our beginner class you are required to do a "wet exit". You will also get splashed by smaller beginner rapids.
During a sit-on-top tour, you will be splashed by waves in the river and there is always a possibility of finding yourself in the river.
We require protective footwear on all river classes/trips and provide you with a wetsuit and/or splash jacket as needed.
We feel Alpine Kayak School's instructors are some of the best in the biz. As in any service oriented business, if you feel like your instructor did a good job, a tip of 15-20% is customary.
Yes & No.
If you have taken a class with Alpine Kayak or have river kayaking experience you can rent a kayak. If you have little or no river kayaking experience we will not rent you a kayak. Kayaking can be very dangerous for the inexperienced or unguided. We suggest you take a class to get the basics and get comfortable in a whitewater kayak. Whitewater kayaking is quite different from rafting, canoeing & sea kayaking. We think it is much more fun too!!
Alpine Kayak has access to over 100 miles of rivers in central Colorado. We teach primarily on the Upper Colorado River, but also hold classes on the Eagle & Roaring Fork Rivers (water levels & skills depending). Lake classes are taught on a local lake close to Alpine Kayak & Pool Classes are taught indoors at the Avon Recreation Center.
Alpine Kayak prides itself on the quality of instructors and programs. Alpine Kayak holds its instructors to some of the highest standards for kayaking instructors. All instructors have First Aid Certification, CPR, Swiftwater Rescue training and all lead instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) in whitewater kayaking instruction.
Alpine Kayak also holds a River Outfitter License from the Colorado Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation.
Be sure to check the qualifications of other schools & instructors when comparing.
Students for all river activities must be at least 11 years old and comfortable in the water. Children as young as 7 may participate in private lake classes when accompanied by an adult.
Children 8-12 may wish to look into Beaver Creek Resort's Kid's Day Adventure Camp Kayaking Day which is sponsored by Alpine Kayak.
Due to classes filling up quick and a short summer season, Alpine Kayak maintains a strict 48 hour cancellation policy. A credit card is required to hold a reservation. Any cancellations within 48 hours will be charged 100%. Students may reschedule, but no refunds will be given.