photo - Ski Area Operations work with a snowmaking machine.

Ski Area Operations

Photo - sno-cat and student driver at CMC in Leadville.
photo - Ski Area Operations students climb the practice tower.
Photo - ski trail grooming at night.

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 Area Operations Management
  • Ski Patrol Operations
  • 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)


COST PER CREDIT: $65 In-district
$147 In-state
$440 Out-of-state

Questions? 800-621-8559

photo - Karen Gilliot driving a "snow cat" on her night shift gromming ski runs. Photo by Paul Gate.

Grooming slopes around the world

CMC Ski Area Operations graduate runs snowcats in both hemispheres. Meet Karen Gilliot/eNews Story

See the Gainful Employment Disclosure: Ski Area Operations Management Certificate

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