Colorado State University Offers Nation’s Only Ski Area Management Graduate Certificate – Online

Colorado State University recently launched its online Ski Area Management Graduate Certificate of Completion for students who find their calling on the mountain and are looking to make a career on the slopes. The online certificate is offered through CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

Industry Experts Help Define Curriculum
Each course within the ski area management certificate is an eight-week accelerated program of study that incorporates relevant industry knowledge and best practices, as provided by CSU faculty and ski area managers. Such industry collaboration ensures that this program meets current and future industry needs by equipping students with the ability to:
• Make strategic management decisions
• Assess the impact of policy on ski areas
• Make informed capital budgeting decisions
• Improve managerial and operational efficiency and effectiveness
• Communicate professionally and effectively
• Critically examine the future of the industry
• Employ sound financial practices
• Develop positive stakeholder relationships
• Balance the priorities and demands of operating within a pristine alpine environment

“The ski area management program curriculum can be of great value—not only to the individuals who are choosing to participate, but also to the industry. It’s great to have young people come into our organizations who not only have this understanding of managing what is ultimately a natural resource, but it’s also terrific to [complement that] with the business acumen that can be developed through the program,” said Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings.

Positions Students for Career Opportunity
CSU’s new certificate prepares students with the necessary knowledge to take advantage of the ski industry’s current landscape. Skier participation is on the rise, and ski areas are generating more revenue than ever before. The industry is also undergoing a generational shift, with many senior level managers looking to retire in the coming years. This provides significant opportunities for hard-working and forward-thinking individuals to turn their passion for skiing and the mountain lifestyle into a rewarding, lifelong career.

“The ski area management program definitely provides a unique advantage to students coming out of the program that are looking to enter into the industry, just because it provides that holistic view of the business. Graduates will come out, not only with some deep expertise or concentration or passion, but in addition they’ll have a great understanding of the overall workings of the industry and resorts,” said Mark Gasta, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Vail Resorts. 

Those interested in the program can contact our Student Success Team with any questions, 970-492-4898. More information about the certificate can be found at

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