About Apex Mountain School


Apex Mountain School is a full-service mountaineering adventure company located in Vail, Colorado. With roots in the community and the climbing culture of Colorado for 20+ years, Apex stands by its reputation of excellence. 
 Scott Smith, Apex founder and director, has more than 35 years climbing experience and over 20 years commercial guiding experience. He trained under the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and is certified as an AIARE avalanche educator. Apex guides have more AMGA and AIARE certifications than any other guide service in the area. Close attention to client wellness and quality of experience is at the heart of the Apex mission.

Company Mission

Apex Mountain School shares passion for excellence in mountaineering education and experiences through skills development and challenging adventure programs.
Apex Mountain School welcomes both public and private groups to enjoy:


Safety is Apex Mountain School’s #1 focus. Along with safety, the ability to instill trust and comfort by ensuring a professional team of exceptional guides and life experiences is Apex’s true distinguishing quality. Apex strives to provide unparalleled adventures and skills education to clients of all ages, abilities and levels of fitness. A keen sense of client care and risk management has allowed Apex an impeccable safety record and inspires the confidence clients look for in a professional, family-owned, mountain guiding company. We look forward to experiencing the mountains with you.

I have nothing but amazing things to say about my AIARE I class with Apex. All my instructors and especially Stew, who lead my group during the field sessions, were fantastic. I have come out of that class more confident, more motivated and most importantly more knowledgeable towards backcountry skiing. They even made it snow a foot overnight before the third day of the class! I cannot recommend these guys highly enough!! Arthur S ★★★★★ TripAdvisor.com