Stewart Birmingham

Midwest-grown on the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin, Stewart Birmingham feels fortunate to have been raised by parents who shared the greatness of skiing and were willing to put-up with the 3.5-hr drive to the nearest 350′ vertical icy hill with a chairlift.  His love for skiing grew instantaneously and has since brought him to some jaw-dropping places and amazing people.  He has worked very hard to create a career in ski-guiding, avalanche education, and heli-ski guiding, as his love for skiing is something he truly wishes to share with others.

His favorite foods include Eggs, Avacados and Sri Racha (on everything). In the future he hopes to make the following descents:

  • Messner Couloir (Denali),
  • Wickersham Wall (Denali),
  • Landry Line (CO),
  • Detention Center (Chugach, AK),
  • Pontoon (Chugach, AK)

Now, at age 31, he has planted roots here in East Vail, CO (for 11 years now) where he enjoys life with his wife and 7-year-old daughter.  He has the privilege to work a career in avalanche education and ski-guiding for Apex Mountain School here in the Vail Valley, as well as spending the latter half of his winter in Cordova, AK, where he works as a heli-ski guide for Points-North Heli Adventures.  Guiding others down some of the terrain he used to salivate over in ski movies all day and turning people on to their best days of their lives has proven to be a most satisfactory experience, to say the least.  He’s also recently enjoyed rock-guiding with Apex in the summer months The time of year when he’s usually helping to run his businesses in the florist and property management realms.


  • AMGA
    • Alpine Skills Course
    • Ski Guide Course
    • Advanced Ski Guide Course / Aspirant Exam
    • Professional Member
  • AAI
    • Pro Avalanche
    • Professional Rescue Course
    • Mountain Weather Forecasting Course
    • Advanced Alaskan Mountain Weather Forecasting Course
  • AAA Professional Member
  • HSUS Mechanized Ski Guide Certification
  • AIARE Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR/AED Certified