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.

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  • 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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