Scott Smith


As founding Director of Apex Mountain School, Scott guides private requests, oversees daily private and course outings, instructs open-enrollment and private avalanche education/alpine trainings, and leads group and corporate team building events. A testament to his driving passion for facilitating change and growth, he thrives on the power of the mountains to enrich lives.

Scott enjoys climbing and guiding single- and multi-pitch rock, ice and alpine terrain, backcountry ski touring and descents, private hut outings and working with groups and corporations. When he steps away, Scott heads for the big stone of Zion, Red Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park, and The Black Canyon of The Gunnison. Next on his list…Cirque of the Unclimbables and Pakistan. Professionally trained through the AMGA and mentored by revered world class guides and climbers, his primary focus is on providing the utmost in client satisfaction, while sharing his passion for the mountains. His greatest teacher is his 15-year old daughter, Kylee.

At Apex, proper education and training are key elements of success. Our Director is:

  • AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
  • AMGA Alpine Ice Instructor Trained
  • AMGA Alpine Guide Trained
  • Professionally trained Commercial Mountain Guide, Rock Guide
  • 30 years climbing experience; 20 years guiding experience
  • AIARE Level I and II Avalanche trained, American Avalanche Association guidelines
  • AIARE Level III Certified
  • AIARE Level I and II ITC
  • AIARE Lead Level I Instructor
  • AIARE Lead Level II Instructor
  • Professionally trained, Self Rescue
  • Wilderness First Responder certified
  • CPR/First Aid certified
  • Leave-No-Trace trained
  • Member American Mountain Guides Association
  • Member American Alpine Club
  • Member Access Fund
  • Member (Professional) American Avalanche Association
  • Myers-Briggs certified practitioner
  • FIRO Business Leadership practitioner
  • Thomas-Kilmann Instrument certified
  • 30 year Vail Valley resident