This course provides an in-depth understanding of sustainability issues that relate specifically to ski resort development and management. As an industry that is heavily reliant upon snowfall and the beauty of the natural environment, there have been increasing calls for ski areas to adopt sustainability as a core business philosophy. This goes beyond implementing various sustainability initiatives that address the impacts associated with ski area development, to the adoption of environmental management systems (EMS) that increase operational efficiency and effectiveness, emphasize corporate social responsibility (CSR). The building of positive stakeholder relationships is also examined, as is a holistic approach to environmental stewardship throughout the entire resort organization.
This course can be applied toward:
While students must have earned an undergraduate degree before applying to the Ski Area Management Certificate, individual courses can be taken by undergraduate students. This can be to satisfy the requirements of an undergraduate degree or as a part of the Ski Area Management Graduate Certificate. Keep in mind that if credits from this course are counted towards an undergraduate degree, it is not possible to also count them towards the Ski Area Management Graduate Certificate.
Undergraduate students should consult an Academic Support Coordinator or Student Financial Services prior to enrollment to determine how this course may affect the cost of your undergraduate degree and financial aid status.
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Natalie Ooi Ph.D. is a graduate 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. Her PhD research was an ethnographic case study that examined the socio-cultural sustainability of mountain resort tourism development within the community of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. An avid skier and hiker, Natalie is an Australian citizen who has recently relocated to the USA where she is looking forward to being able to actively pursue her outdoor and research interests in the Rocky Mountain West.
Primary research interests center around sustainable tourism development. These include the sustainability of ski area management and development, with particular interest in the complexities of tourism-community and other stakeholder relationships within mountain resort communities. Other research interests pertaining to sustainable tourism include the sustainability of backpacker tourism, and the potential for overlap between backpacker and volunteer tourism.