Ski Area Operations

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

Put your passion to work with a career in ski area management! On the slopes and off, you’ll be close to the sport you love and on top of the latest trends.

The Ski Area Operations Degree Program 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. You’ll get hands-on experience and access to the best champagne powder snow in the world.

Be prepared 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, students can earn certificates in Ropeway Maintenance Technician, Ski Patrol Operations and Slope and Trail Maintenance.

For 30 years, Ski Area Operations degree and Ski Area Management degree graduates from Colorado Mountain College have helped shape the snowboard and ski industry worldwide. A blend of technical and hands-on training sets our students apart, not to mention easy access to nine Colorado ski resorts including SteamboatVail, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Keystone.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Ski Area Operation (AAS)

Certificates: Ropeway Maintenance Technician, Ski Patrol Operations, and Slope and Trail Maintenance

Locations: Leadville

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $317/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

What classes will I take?


See the full curriculum with class descriptions on the Colorado Mountain College online catalog.

icon_link.gif Ski Area Operations AAS Curriculum (online catalog)

How much is tuition?

Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.

Tuition Rates for this program

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
In-District $57 $855
In-State $100.50 $1,507.50
Out-of-State $317 $4,755

Special Tuition Rates at CMC

You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
Vets & Military Families $57 $855
CMC Service Area $97 $1,455
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $1,586.25

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