Resort Management


Western State Colorado University’s Resort Management program goal offers unique educational opportunities creating a brand and style of hospitality and tourism services known as "Western Hospitality."

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 College’s Hospitality Club which reaches out to local tourism providers with service assistance for food contract providers, restaurants & 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.

Internship Categories

Ski resorts in the Rockies and around the globe
Dude ranches in the Rockies & Safari Lodges in Africa
Fine-dining restaurants everywhere
All hospitality Start-ups and entrepreneurs
Lodges/Inns/B&Bs/Hotels at any quality level
Local & 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

Recent Internships

Adaptive Sports Center, Crested Butte, Colo.
Amelia Island Plantation, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, Colo.
Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs Colo.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte, Colo.
Club Nautique de Versoix, Versiox, Switzerland
Copper Mountain, Summit County, Colo.
Crested Butte Country Club, Crested Butte, Colo.
Crystal Sands Resort, Destin, Fla.
Daufuskie Island Resort, Daufuskie Island, S.C.
Denver Marriott City Center, Denver, Colo.
ESPN Winter X Games
Four Seasons Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Conn.
Fripp Island Resort, Fripp Island, S.C.
La Tourelle Resort, Ithaca, N.Y.
Las Vegas Golf & Tennis, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, N.Y.
Monarch Ski Resort, Salida, Colo.
Mountain Sports International, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Fla.
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Fla.
Sheraton Maui, Maui, Hawaii
Silverton Mountain Ski Area, Silverton, Colo.
South Seas Plantation, Captiva, Fla.
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, Idaho
Tahoe Adaptive Ski School, Truckee, Calif.
Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club, Telluride, Colo.
The Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Va.
The Westin Maui, Maui, Hawaii
Walton’s Grizzly Lodge, Portola, Calif.

Next Steps

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Faculty & Staff


Associate Dean of the Business School, Professor of Business Administration
BA Brigham Young University, MA, PhD Michigan State University
Phone: 970.943.2610
Office Location: Borick Business Building 243
Professor of Business Administration
Undergraduate Degree, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, MA, MPA University of Texas at Austin, PhD Pennsylvania State University
Phone: 970.943.2566
Office Location: Borick Business Building 241