Ski Area Management Graduate Certificate


Our ski area management faculty have both academic knowledge and real-world experience within the ski industry. Additionally, they have worked closely with current ski area operators and managers to develop much of the content for each course. As such, you will be learning directly from ski industry experts, including Executive VPs, CEOs, CFOs, mountain operation managers, marketing managers, and human resource managers from some of the most successful ski areas around the world.

View a list of industry contributors to the program


  • Alta Ski Area
  • Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area
  • Arizona Snowbowl
  • Aspen Skiing Company
  • Eldora Mountain Resort
  • Intrawest
  • Keystone Resort
  • Killington/Pico Resort
  • Loveland Ski Area
  • Mad River Glen Ski Area
  • Magic Mountain Ski Area
  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
  • Mountain High/Stevens Pass Resort
  • Vail Resorts Inc.
  • Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
  • Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Resort
  • Steamboat Ski and Resort
  • Stowe Mountain Resort
  • Wachusett Mountain Resort
  • Winter Park Resort

Associated Organizations

  • 1Risk
  • Ascent360
  • Aspen Art Museum
  • Brendle Group
  • Craig Hospital
  • Ecosign
  • Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
  • Liftopia
  • National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)
  • National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)
  • Origin Designs
  • Outpost Sunsport
  • PGI Management Company
  • RRC Associates
  • Ski Strong
  • Snow Operating
  • Snowsports PR
  • Summit County Planning Department
  • UNWTO Themis Foundation

Faculty Bios

Natalie Ooi

Natalie Ooi, Ph.D.

Dr. Natalie Ooi bridges the academic and ski industry worlds. She worked as a rental technician at Steamboat Springs Ski & Resort in 2008-09, before returning in 2010 to do her dissertation on mountain resort tourism development. In particular, her area of research focus was examining the socio-cultural sustainability of mountain resort development within the community of Steamboat Springs, CO. An avid skier and hiker, Natalie is an Australian citizen who has recently relocated to the USA to further follow her passion of skiing and the outdoor lifestyle. Her research interests center on sustainable ski area management and development, with particular interest in the complexities of tourism-community and other stakeholder relationships within mountain resort communities. She earned her Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, where she was a Donald Cochrane Scholar and recipient of the Dean's Postgraduate Research Excellence Award for the Faculty of Business and Economics.

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Mark Gasta

Mark Gasta, Ed.D.

Dr. Gasta is a program coordinator of the adventure tourism graduate certificate and an associate professor teaching courses in adventure tourism, ski area management, and sustainable tourism. His research interests include developing leaders with the capacity to build sustainable organizations that create profit for shareholders while protecting the environment and improving the lives of those with whom they interact. Prior to coming to CSU in 2017, Mark served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer/Chief Sustainability Officer for Vail Resorts Management Company, the premier mountain-resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver, and his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Change from Pepperdine University. Mark and his family love living in Colorado as it has allowed them the opportunity to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle.

Maureen Donnelly

Maureen Donnelly, Ph.D.

Dr. Maureen (Mo) Donnelly is an associate professor and one of the lead faculty liaisons between CSU's Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Colorado ski industry. She provides connections across the Colorado tourism industry, the west, and North America. Her research efforts have contributed to the advancement of theory and practice in the conceptual areas of norms, values, outdoor recreation conflict, specialization, and substitutability. In addition, results from her research projects have provided managers with information that has assisted them in monitoring the quality of visitor experiences and setting carrying capacities for visitor use of natural resource areas—including a wide variety of protected areas. Mo is also an expert on event-based tourism through her personal passion for dog shows, where she has raised and competed with several award-winning schnauzers.

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