Ski Area Operations and Management Graduates

For 30 years, Ski Area Operations degree and Ski Area Management degree graduates from Colorado Mountain College have helped shape the snowboard and ski industry worldwide. Some have been recruited to prepare venues for the Olympics and other international competitions.

photo: Zach Collins driving a snowcat.

Zach Collins

“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

Photo of Karen Gilliot driving snowcat

Karen Gilliot

Karen Gilliot works as a snowcat groomer in Les Arcs, a collection of four resorts in the midst of the French Alps. Gilliot has also groomed at Beaver Creek, Heavenly at Lake Tahoe and in New Zealand, Australia and Iceland.

photo - Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson

“The program gives a unique introduction to the ski industry, as its broad-based approach provides entry-level skills for any portion of our business. Beyond that you’ll take away an invaluable network of friends, colleagues, and industry contacts that will serve you well for many years.” Neil Jackson is director of purchasing for Resorts of the Canadian Rockies and is general manager of The Three Kananaskis Resorts in Canada.

photo - Alison Cohn

Allison Kohn Marriner

“I have been snowboarding forever and I love the mountains. Working in a career where I could combine the two is what I decided to do.”

Allison Kohn Marrineris a winch cat operator specializing in downhill ski race course builds — including downhill venues for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She was selected “Rookie Groomer of the Year” by Vail Resorts during her internship for Ski Area Operations. Read more: Allison Kohn Marriner

photo - Scott Swietanski

Scott Swietanski

“The program gave me a good general overview of the ski industry. It gave me excellent contacts. I have the best job in the world. The things I see in a week most people don’t see in a lifetime.”

Scott Swietanski is the director of mountain operations for Alpine Meadows, a resort in Lake Tahoe. Read more: Scott Swietanski