About Apex Mountain School
Apex Mountain School is a full-service mountaineering adventure company located in Vail, Colorado. Rooted in the community and the Colorado climbing culture for 20+ years, Apex has developed a reputation for superior rock climbing and ice climbing experiences, backcountry skiing tours, mountaineering courses and trips, SOLO accredited wilderness medicine, AIARE avalanche education and ground-breaking corporate team-building programs.
Our organization was founded by Scott Smith, a climber with more than 25 years of climbing experience and over 15 years commercial guiding experience. Scott has also trained under AMGA, and is certified as an AIARE avalanche educator. Our guides have completed more AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) courses and certifications, as well as AIARE certifications, than any other guide service in the area. Our experienced guiding staff has a total of over 75 years combined guiding experience, along with several Everest and other big mountain summits.
Recommended #1 by hotel and concierge services, our guides take pride in providing unparalleled adventures and skills training to clients of all age, ability, and fitness levels. Having stood on the highest of summits, our keen sense of client care and risk management, as well as our impeccable safety record, inspires the confidence our clients look for in a professional mountain guide – a trademark upon which our reputation is built.
“This was our first experience with rock climbing, and it was fabulous. Our guide was excellent at explaining what to do and instilling confidence in our abilities. Safety was always paramount! I would rather spend the extra money with a climbing company that is most concerned with safety than to cut corners. This was worth every penny we spent.”
– Sandra Yelen