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Ski Business and Area Operations at Colorado Mountain College
Put your passion to work with a degree in the snowsports industry
Imagine yourself learning about the business and operations of the sports you love. Colorado Mountain College has two unique degree programs in two of Colorado's best-loved mountain towns.
Leadville is the ultra sports mecca. Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Vail ski areas are all under a hour drive from the campus, and Ski Cooper is 15 minutes down the highway. The backcounty is even closer. BTW, Leadville students living on campus are eligible for a free season pass at Copper Mountain.
Study ski area operations including snowmaking, trail grooming and ski patrolling. Our graduates work all over the world (see below).
Steamboat Springs is home to both world-class corporate and boutique resort operations. The "Boat" is also home base for SmartWool, Big Agnes, Honey Stinger, Moots Cycles and other outdoor industry companies. And the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill's ski jumping complex surround the town.
Study snowsports business and sales, marketing, retail management or guiding. All taught by industry veterans who love the mountains.
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Ski & Snowboard Business
Our unique program focuses on snowsports retail, manufacturing and marketing. Advanced electives include photography and video, guiding and international business. Partnered with SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and several equipment companies, our students intern and network on national and international levels.
Ski Area Operations
Start your degree with a broad working knowledge of mountain operations. Then dive into specialties such as terrain park & half-pipe operations, snowmaking or avalanche safety. All while living in the heart of Colorado's ski county.
We gauge our success by our students’ success. Based on what our students accomplish following graduation, we must be doing pretty well.
Ski and Snowboard Business
"The CMC Ski Business degree completely prepared me for what I do now," says Jason. "It showed me a comprehensive view of the industry, the different aspects the job and the reality of what I'm going to working in.
"And it gave me a very clear view of what's expected and what I need to do to perform and succeed at future positions."
Jason D. Badgley
Chief Executive Officer, Phunkshun Wear
CMC Ski & Snowboard Business Graduate
Ski Area Operations
“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 was very cool.”
Zach Collins has worked on the grooming crew for Vail Mountain, Copper Mountain, and Beaver Creek. He has traveled to Europe, South America and Russia providing event support for Prinoth and Snow Park Technologies. He’s worked on XGames, USASA Nationals, US Free-skiing Open Slopestyle, Red Bull World Record Quarter Pipe and many others. Currently, Zach is the Park Specialist and Demo Coordinator for Prinoth Snowcats. Read more: Zach Collins