Jason Gusaas, CMC Leadville SAO instructor and student inspecting a snowcat groomer.

Ski Area Operations at Colorado Mountain College

Earn a college degree in Ski Area Operations from Colorado Mountain College

Put your passion to work with a degree in Ski Area Operations at Colorado Mountain College — our program is one of two offered in the entire country!

With five major mountain resorts, including Breckenridge and Vail, about an hour from campus, the Ski Area Operations program keeps you close to the sport you love and well-versed on the latest industry trends.

The Ski Area Operations degree at Colorado Mountain College is the most comprehensive training program of its kind in the nation, and the only one in the heart of Rocky Mountain ski country.

CMC Ski Area Operations graduates are distinguished by their blend of technical and hands-on training. From home base in Leadville, they take their skills to work in mountain resorts all over the world.

Prepare for a job in:

  • Lift installation
  • Ski area design and management
  • Mountain operations
  • Safety management

In addition to an Associate of Applied Science: Ski Area Operations, you can earn certificates in:

Get real experience at world-class Colorado ski resorts

The best way to learn Ski Area Management is to experience it first-hand. Drive a snow groomer. Help build a new ski trail. Repair a gondola. Colorado Mountain College's epic locale and hands-on philosophy give you the chance to actively work on some of the most notable slopes in the nation.

Hands-on opportunities to:

  • Work on major ski competitions such as the World Cup races
  • Be involved in large-scale international events
  • Network with high-level ski and snowboard professionals
  • Intern at any winter resort in the world
  • Learn about the wide range of mountain conditions
  • Use state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology

Required internships take students to their choice of any winter resort in the world. As an intern you are paid regular wages and can expect guidance and supervision from both ski area management personnel and your Colorado Mountain College Ski Area Operations instructors. Many students make contacts during their internships that lead directly to employment.

See the Gainful Employment Disclosure: Ski Area Operations Management Certificate

Program News

CMC work backbone of Leadville ski joring course

Cameron Schuelke, Ski Area Operations student and Jason Gusaas (instructor) pose with CMC's PistenBully groomer at the 2016 Leadville Ski Joring event. The Leadville Herald Democrat...

Zach Collins

“I really enjoyed the Ski Area Planning class.” says Zach, “Getting your ski area together from start to finish was both fun and challenging. Seeing something you created come together...

Karen Gilliot

Karen Gilliot works as a snowcat groomer in Les Arcs, a collection of four resorts in the midst of the French Alps. Gilliot has also groomed at Beaver Creek, Heavenly...