• College News
  • Former Ski Area Ops Student Builds Texas Sledding Hill

    Hundreds of Levelland, TX residents made the most of unseasonably cold weather thanks to the snowmaking experience of a former CMC student It’s been fourteen years since Dustin Reichelt was enrolled in the Ski Area Operations (SAO) program at Colorado Mountain College Leadville, but that hasn’t stopped him from exercising his snowmaking skills. Now the […]

  • Ski Area Operations
  • Synergy in the Ski Industry

    Ski Patrol Operations class at Ski Cooper

    “The SAO program hits every point of the industry,” says Daniel Burl, a 2016 graduate from upstate New York, “You get to travel and learn different lifts for Lift Maintenance class, work on the school’s snowcats in Vehicle Maintenance, learn to be a ski patroller at Ski Cooper, learn two different styles of grooming – nordic and alpine – and master snowmaking operations.”

  • Continuing Education
  • Maintenance Welding for Ski Area Operators Summer Class

    Welding at CMC Leadville for the Community Open House event

    Colorado Mountain College Leadville to offer Summer Maintenance Welding for Ski Area Operators Class When commercial snowmaking equipment springs a leak, and there’s 30 feet of water shooting across the ski slope, you’ll want a welder on your team. Installing chair lifts, repairing ropeways, and patching sections of snowmaking pipe are ski area operations responsibilities […]

  • College News
  • 2019 Cloud City Rail Jam Results

    The Backyard Terrain Park was jammin’ on Saturday, March 23, 2019 for the annual Cloud City Rail Jam! This year’s event was a huge success, breaking participation records with 51 combined competitors with just as many spectators cheering on their favorite skiers and riders. There were 5 divisions: 9 years & under, 10 – 13 […]

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  • Outdoor Industry Workforce Summit

    Colorado Outdoor Industry Workforce Summit Panel Members: Steve Skadron, mayor of Aspen; Ann Baker Easley, executive director of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; Amy Roberts, executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association; Jen McLaren, president and CEO of Smartwool; Len Zanni, co-owner and head of marketing of Big Agnes; John LeCoq, founder and owner of Fishpond; and moderator Luis Benitez, executive director of the Colorado Recreation Industry Office.

    The future of the outdoor recreation industry is bright and Colorado Mountain College students hold the cliff notes and connections that will drive successful outdoor careers. On Thursday, October 18, 2018 the Outdoor Industry Workforce Summit was held at Morgridge Commons in Glenwood Springs. A select group of students were invited to participate in a […]

  • College News
  • Colorado’s First Terrain Park Open for Season Built by CMC Students

    At 10,200′ elevation Leadville, CO has plenty of crisp nights. In the past few days, overnight temperatures have dropped below 28 degrees Fahrenheit, creating ideal conditions for making snow, something that Colorado Mountain College students are getting a lot of practice in. In fact, ski area operations students and faculty have made enough snow to cover […]