Ski Area Operations Faculty

Colorado Mountain Instructors have International Connections and Expertise

Your teachers know what it takes to succeed on the operations side of the ski industry. They have worked on international projects and made valuable connections that stretch across the globe.

Gusaas, Jason

Jason Gusaas

Assistant Professor, Ski Area Operations
719-486-4229 |

Jason Gusaas is a Ski Area Operations instructor at Colorado Mountain College LeadvilleEducation

AAS Ski Area Management, Gogebic Community College

 Professional Certifications and Awards

Terrain Master of the Year 2002, Colorado Ski Country USA

Certified Snowmobile Safety Instructor, State of Colorado


Jason began his career in the ski industry by aiding in the construction of Huff Hills, a small ski area in North Dakota. He was the foreman on all phases of construction from the ground up, including installing the snowmaking system, lifts, clearing trails, as well as building the chalet and shop. After completing the Ski Area Management program at Gogebic Community College, Jason headed out for an internship at Copper Mountain and never left. He was the Terrain Parks and Half Pipes Foreman at Copper Mountain for 11 years and was the first recipient of the Terrain Master of the Year award presented by Colorado Ski Country USA in 2002.

Ski Area Operations faculty Jason Gusaas and other SAO graduates skiing with their cap and gowns.In 2002, Jason stepped away from Copper to pursue a position with Plant Snow Design. During his five years with them, he had the opportunity to work on several events such as the Chevy Grand Prix of Snowboarding, The Vail Honda Session, The World Cup of Snowboarding, The Swatch Boarder Cross World Tour as well as consulting, designing and operator training for many other ski areas.

Jason has taught at Colorado Mountain College Leadville since 2009 and enjoys the close proximity to so many outdoor activities that Leadville provides. His hobbies include spending time with his family, snowboarding, hunting and fishing.


What Students Say

“Jason was very influential in my success in the Ski Area Operations program. He’s been in the industry for a long time and has tons of knowledge to share with students.” – Alex Ranz

Rosser, Brian

Brian Rosser, professor of Ski Area Operations at CMC Leadville

Brian Rosser, J.D.

Associate Professor of Ski Area Operations
719-486-4228 |

2019-20 Leadville & Salida Faculty of the Year


  • Associate of Arts and Sciences (A.A.S.), Ski Area Operations, Colorado Mountain College

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), East Tennessee State University
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.), Regent University

Awards & Certifications

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider Instructor, American Heart Association
  • ASNT Central Certification Program Level II - Magnetic Particle Testing (ACCP-MT)
  • Licensed to Practice Law
  • Licensed Insurance Adjuster
  • NREMT, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Outdoor Emergency Technician and Instructor, National Ski Patrol


Brian started his career in the ski industry in 1995 and has a diverse background in ski area operations and management. He is an experienced leader with progressive experience in resort development, operations and management.

Over the years he has performed lift maintenance, made snow, patrolled and has worked directly with or for all phases of Mountain Operations with a proven record of success. He has established relationships within the ski industry as well as with the insurance business and other allied industries.

Rosser, who is an attorney, was previously the Risk Manager and Human Resources Director at Loveland Ski Area. Prior to working at Loveland he was employed as a professional ski patroller at Copper Mountain and Ski Cooper. Additionally, while working in the ski industry he has worked as an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College in the school’s Ski Area Operations (SAO) program, served as the Chair of the Advisory committee for the SAO program, and is also a graduate of that program.

Before coming home to Colorado Mountain College, Brian served the MountainGuard team as Director of Risk Management and Education. Rosser was responsible for the continued development, coordination and execution of enhanced loss control service plans to provide proactive pre-loss risk management expertise to benefit MountainGuard's valued clients.

Brian has been with Colorado Mountain College for two years and is responsible for a joint venture with the National Ski Areas Association providing Ropeway education to its member ski areas from Maine to Alaska.

Brian is a state of Colorado EMT and NREMT, is a voting member of ANSI B77.1, on the NSAA Risk management committee, and is a member of the National Ski Patrol.