Ski and Snowboard Business Graduates
Teaching to Passions
“Colorado Mountain College gave me a good start in the right direction, and helped me to build a good base. The faculty would take your passions and teach you in the way that applied to you personally.”
Kenny Nault lives at Mammoth Mountain in California and also is a team manager and service representative for Shaun White. Kenny also works for Swix, a sponsor U.S. snowboarding at the Olympic level. Along with these two jobs, Kenny helps design product lines for riders.
“Skiing is my favorite thing to do and being able to make a career in the industry is a dream come true. Colorado Mountain College was a driving force in making my dream of shop ownership a reality. The program gave me the confidence to make a career in the ski industry. The best asset the program gave me was how to analyze the whole picture.”
Ian Downing opened his own shop, SlopeStyle Ski and Ride, in Montpelier, VT. He recently worked to develop an internet-based version of his shop, giving the company a nationwide reach to help the store stay financially viable, even in low snow seasons. He eventually hopes to branch out to multiple locations while still maintaining the feel of a local core ski shop.
Create a Ski or Snowboard
“I have never heard of another school that lets you tune skis or boards for class, much less create a ski or snowboard with your own graphics on it. The location of Colorado Mountain College’s campus, my program leader, as well as the students I attended with, made my experience at CMC worthwhile.”
Eric Hockman is an assistant manager for a ski and snowboard tuning shop in Keystone, Colorado.
“CMC was the best decision for my career in the winter sports business. I reference it as the start of my career, and have been fortunate to have been able to stay in Steamboat since relocating here to attend CMC.”
Marty Carrigan is the owner of Global Sales Guys, a full-service sales and marketing management agency. In his more than 25 years spent working in the winter, outdoor, and action sports businesses, he has represented and introduced many high profile brands, served as Vice President of Operations and Sales at Palmer Snowboards, and acted as consultant to CBS sports at two Winter Olympic games. He currently serves on the board of directors for Snowsports Industries America.