NRRT 524 - Ski Area Finance and Investment

  • 2 credits

This course examines key finance and investment considerations relevant to ski area operations and management. This requires an understanding of seasonality and climatic variability, and how these two areas affects capital structure and expenditure, cash flow, budgeting of labor and resources, and forecasting activities. The use and creation of financial statements and other performance indicators is also examined. Examination of the different forms of ski area ownership and investment that can be found around the world is also addressed, including community non-profit financing, government financing, the role of private investors and investor groups, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and publicly-traded corporations, as well as process of resort valuation, whether for taxation purposes or acquisition.

Prerequisite

NRRT 520.

Textbooks and Materials

Optional

  • Entrepreneurial Finance, 6th Ed. (2014)
    Adelman, P.J. & Marks, A.M.
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore

Instructors

Natalie Ooi

(970) 491-7292 | natalie.ooi@colostate.edu

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.

Alan Bright
Alan Bright

(970) 491-5487 | alan.bright@colostate.edu

Tenured Professor

Prior to earning his Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Alan Bright earned a BA in Accounting, an MBA, his CPA certificate, and spent several years working in the private sector in public accounting and banking. He teaches numerous business-related courses in the Masters of Tourism Management program, including Tourism Finance, Tourism Law, and Organizational Management in Tourism.

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