Outdoor Industry

From Passion to Profession

Guide heli-ski trips in Alaska. Build an Olympic ski course. Design snowboards for professional athletes. Colorado Mountain College outdoor graduates activate their skills in recreation-based positions around the world.

Leave the road, take the trail

Live, learn, work and play in the mountains while gaining hands-on training and building industry connections that will lay the groundwork for a successful outdoor career.

Eleven campuses cover 12,000 square miles, three national forests, six wilderness areas and most of Colorado's renowned ski resorts. There's a lot to explore.

Jump in the front seat of the action sports industry. Learn essential retail, marketing, media and sales strategies. Discover what it takes to build a successful career behind the products that make outdoor adventures possible. Earn an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Action Sports Industry or upgrade your skills with a certificate in Action Sports Media.

Dig deep into two seasons of mountain snowpack, while analyzing weather and avalanche cycles alongside respected avalanche industry experts. This two-year hybrid program combines online courses with three intensive in-person sessions and is designed for current and aspiring avalanche professionals.

Step into your waders and go knee deep into pristine high alpine lakes to discover the world of professional fly fishing. Establish the skills and techniques necessary to land a job as a fly fishing guide, maintain year-round clients, and start your own fly fishing business.

Develop the skills you need to explore every inch of this world. Combine the groundwork of a liberal arts education with hands-on outdoor experiences while earning an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Outdoor Education. Learn to survive and thrive in virtually every wilderness environment.

Navigate high mountain peaks, remote deserts, and wild rivers while building technical, leadership, and risk management skills essential for outdoor professionals. Transform your passion for adventure into a successful career guiding others in the outdoors with an Associate of General Studies with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation Leadership.

Consult with Olympic athletes, market for world-class resorts and design snow sports products in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Live, learn, play and work on the slopes while making invaluable industry connections through a partnership with SnowSports Industries America (SIA). Earn an Associate of Applied Science with an emphasis in Ski & Snowboard Business or upgrade your skills with several industry certificates including Ski & Snowboard Retail & Repair Shop Technician and Ski & Snowboard Shop Manager. 

Head into the backcountry with field experience and a certification from Colorado Mountain College. Ski & snowboard guide training blends industry specific business classes with practical outdoor education courses.

Explore world class resorts before, during and after class. Gain technical and hands-on training making snow, operating a groomer, building terrain parks and repairing chairlifts. Strap in and learn every aspect of the ski industry while earning an Associate of Applied Science in Ski Area Operations and specialize in Ropeway Maintenance, Ski Patrol Operations or Slope and Trail Maintenance.

Be prepared to respond to any situation on the slopes of a ski resort. Analyze risk, perform avalanche mitigation, and learn how to handle mountain emergencies like ski and snowboard injuries, avalanche rescues and wilderness extractions.

Learn the latest innovations and strategies to navigate the snow sports industry and fast track your career. This instant resume-boosting certification was developed in partnership with SnowSports Industries America to prepare students for careers in retail, marketing and wholesaling.