Ahh, the dream job, skiing (and/or snowboarding) all day, every day, and getting paid like a boss to do it… Well, now there’s a class for that.
The University of Utah’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department is offering Introduction to Ski Resort Management (PRT 3960) as one of its special topics courses this spring.
Obviously, the University of Utah offers premiere proximity to some of the world’s greatest ski and snowboard terrain and conditions, so it’s only natural that a class that dissects the snow business be taught at the U. The course provides an overview of the specific challenges for ski resorts and the interrelation of the resort and tourist industries. It will also focus on the financial, marketing, operational, and human variables of the ski resort industry and the successful operation of both small and destination resorts. Prominent industry representatives will speak about “real-life” challenges and on site visits are also planned.
The course will be taught by Michael Kaplan, who has worked at resorts in Utah, Colorado, New Hampshire, Sweden, Austria, and Switzerland, and is a graduate of Harvard and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
While this course can’t guarantee an executive position at a world-class mountain resort (at least right away), it’s a great way to get a leg up on the competition and to determine whether the industry is the right one for those looking for that dream job.
For more information about the University of Utah ski and snowboard scene, visit Ski.Utah.edu.