The business behind powder days
Gear up for a cutting-edge program that will groom you to guide tomorrow’s ski industry
Supremely located within driving distance of world-class ski resorts, FLC’s Ski Operation Certificate program invites you to turn your passion into a career. Learn the ins and outs of on-mountain and headquarters- based responsibilities as you gain the skills you’ll need to lead the future of the ski industry, including capitalizing on emerging target markets and navigating climate change.
"This certificate-based program allows students to identify and pursue their specific passions within a broad industry. I appreciate Fort Lewis College for offering these kinds of focused courses!"
How it works
Simply add the certificate as you would declare a major or minor.
You will be asked to submit supporting documents when you apply for the Ski Resort Operations Certificate.
*Please note: seeking the Ski Resort Operations Certificate alone will not qualify you for any state or federal financial aid.
BA 131 - Introduction to Resort Management
An introductory course covering the scope, organization, and environment of resort operations. The course focuses on an analysis of the physical, financial and human variables involved in the operation of a destination resort.
BA 335 - Ski Resort Operations
Ski Resort Operations covers the on-mountain operations of a ski resort. This course will focus on the various departments and how each contributes to the ski area experience as a whole. These include ski school, rental and retail operations, food service, lodging and guest services. Topics include service quality, productivity, forecasting, inventory and supply chain management, and regulation compliance challenges that influence the performance of ski resorts.
BA 336 - Ski Resort Management
Ski Resort Management covers the management or activities that drive the mission of a ski resort. Topics include leadership, communication, culture, teams, decision-making, motivation, sustainability, strategic planning, and branding in the context of ski area management. This course will focus on the management concepts and challenges that affect ski area management in various departments including marketing, reservations, finance and human resources.
BA 447 - Ski Resort Internship
The Ski Resort Internship is a required course of the Ski Resort Management Certificate program that seeks to offer students a meaningful learning experience that extends beyond the classroom setting. An internship offers complimentary experiential learning to the student that is congruent with classroom-based learning. This course is intended to offer a practical out-of-the-classroom learning opportunity at a ski resort.
Distinguish yourself as a leader in ski area management with this online certificate. You'll take a tailored package of courses that focus on the unique needs of business management at any of the 450 ski resorts nationwide. You'll cover topics such as accommodations and food and beverage, as well as mountain ski area management, safety, and seasonal employment. Best of all, you can complete your internship during any season at any ski resort in the world.
This certificate program is open to currently enrolled FLC students and non-degree-seeking students alike.