Ski Area Operations

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


This program is offered at Leadville

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 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:Photo of Ski Area Operations class discussing snowmaking.

  • 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 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.

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