Ski Area Operations snow-cat grooming "cordurory" snow.

Ski Area Operations Low Residency Track

Live and work at your local ski area, upskill your career

Colorado Mountain College’s Low Residency Track in Ski Area Operations leverages partnerships with all fifteen ski areas in our region, allowing working professionals to live and work in their local communities while taking classes online. Students will visit Leadville several times during the course of the program for intensive lab sessions with equipment and faculty. Lodging is available for $34/night.

Your training in Ski Area Operations can make a profound difference in how quickly you move up the ladder into a supervisory or leadership role in your organization.

Fast track your career in:

  • Ski area management and design
  • Lift maintenance
  • Mountain operations
  • Ski area risk management

Gain hands-on experience in a wide-variety of ski area operations.

  • Grooming
  • Snowmaking
  • Ski patrol operations
  • Heavy equipment operations
  • Ropeway (maintaining ski lifts)
  • Terrain park operations
  • Ski area risk management
  • Snow vehicle maintenance

Required paid internships are available at all fifteen ski areas in the Colorado Mountain College district. As an intern you are paid regular wages and can expect guidance and supervision from both ski area management personnel and your Colorado Mountain College Ski Area Operations instructors.