Mountain Resort Management

About the Concentration in Mountain Resort Management

This concentration will prepare you to work in all aspects of resort and ski area management, from on-the-mountain to back-of-the house positions. You'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to work at resorts as you learn resort software technologies, environmental science, resort law, and risk management. Students choose from two tracks in the concentration--mountain operations and resort management--and complete practicums in their focus area.

Mountain Operations Track

You'll learn about patrolling and maintaining trails and terrains, chair lift maintenance and operation, ski instructing and patrolling, snowmaking and grooming, snowmobile tour guiding, and outdoor emergency care. The curriculum will also prepare you for the growing demand for summer mountain operations, including ropes courses, hiking, zip lines, river tubing, and outdoor climbing.

Resort Management Track

You will learn to efficiently run services, including lodging, night life and activities, concierge services, catering and events, entertainment, and dining. The curriculum includes courses in ecotourism and venue management, public relations, and program and event planning.

Whatever focus area you choose, hands-on learning supports classroom learning. Internships, expeditions, and jobs will give you the opportunity to apply your classroom learning to real-world situations.