Throughout the program, students gain hospitality and tourism management education, innovation, and applied research and practical industry experiences.
What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?
Students in Western’s RM program function not only in hotels and restaurants settings, but also in outdoor resort environments. Students apply these skills and competencies at venues throughout the Rocky Mountains as well as in a global context.
Students learn the fundamentals of service—whether it is analyzing occupancy trends for a resort, tracking an organization’s carbon footprint, planning activities, closing a sale, or basics like suggesting a trail run or starting up a snowmobile.
Beyond the Classroom
"Western Hospitality" finds its application in the university's Hospitality Club, which reaches out to local tourism providers with service assistance for food contract providers, restaurants and hotels, local outfitters and dude ranches, and tourism offices.
Local and international internships and research expand students’ understanding of the day-to-day operations of the industry. Western partners with and serves a network of stakeholders that include alumni, industry leaders, the Gunnison Valley and Western community. Whether participating in a classroom-based research project or an internship, students gain the necessary skills to solve the business challenges they will face in the industry or in graduate school.
Ski resorts in the Rockies and around the globe
Dude ranches in the Rockies and safari lodges in Africa
Hospitality startups and entrepreneurs
Lodges/inns/B&Bs/hotels at any quality level
Local and international hospitality chains
Guide services in any environment
Chambers of commerce/destination marketing organizations anywhere
Non-hospitality businesses operating in a local hospitality-driven economy
Adaptive Sports Center, Crested Butte
Amelia Island Plantation, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge
Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte
Club Nautique de Versoix, Versoix, Switzerland
Copper Mountain, Summit County
Crested Butte Country Club, Crested Butte
Crystal Sands Resort, Destin, Fla.
Daufuskie Island Resort, Daufuskie Island, S.C.
ESPN Winter X Games
Four Seasons Dallas, Dallas
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Conn.
Fripp Island Resort, Fripp Island, S.C.
La Tourelle Resort, Ithaca, N.Y.
Las Vegas Golf & Tennis, Las Vegas
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, N.Y.
Monarch Mountain, Salida
Mountain Sports International, Salt Lake City
Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Fla.
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Fla.
Sheraton Maui, Maui, Hawaii
Silverton Mountain, Silverton
South Seas Plantation, Captiva, Fla.
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, Idaho
Tahoe Adaptive Ski School, Truckee, Calif.
Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club, Telluride
The Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Va.
The Westin Maui, Maui, Hawaii
Walton’s Grizzly Lodge, Portola, Calif.
If you're interested in Western's Resort Management program, we invite you to take the next steps toward becoming a part of the Mountaineer family.
Share your interest with friends and family:
- Get more information about the program.
- Schedule a campus visit so you can meet professors, see the beautiful Gunnison Valley and find out if Western is the perfect school for you.
- Start the online application process—apply online now.
- Find scholarships, grants or financial aid that match your interests and situation.