Mountain Recreation Management

Mountain Recreation Management, B.S.

» Degree Requirements & Courses

  • Adventure Leadership
  • Mountain Resort Management
  • Recreation Resource Management

Live, work, and learn in the outdoors.

Lyndon’s Mountain Recreation Management Department’s mission is to create and maintain a caring environment in which to prepare leaders who are intellectually capable and competent in the management of recreation resources and in the delivery of leisure services. Students in these programs benefit from a professional core supported by a broad-based liberal arts foundation, which helps to improve critical thinking and communication skills. We place great value on experiential learning — the time spent in the field — so our students can get the jobs they love.

The Adventure Leadership concentration provides immersion in field experiences (climbing, paddling, backpacking, mountaineering, ice climbing, back country skiing/riding, challenge course facilitation) while taking academic courses in program planning, research and evaluation, risk management, and management.

To better prepare students for a career in Adventure Leadership, the faculty have developed an innovative series of fall courses. Students take a Lyndon Experiential And Discovery (LEAD) semester at the start of their sophomore or junior year. The students receive plenty of hands-on learning during the series of four expeditions:

Five day backpacking trip led by the instructors with students as Leaders of the Day;

Five day backpacking trip selected, planned, and lead by students;

Ten day canoe trip selected, planned, and lead by students;

Three day (optional) backpacking trip; selected, planned, and the students travel without instructor.

In between each field segment, there is classroom time when students rotate through various responsibilities including planning the group’s logistics, food, or gear for each trip.  Students have additional readings, discussions, writing assignments, and other course features in the classroom.

Students receive real and immediate feedback on their work based on the experiences they have.  For example: if “food” is planned well, then all eat well and are happy. If a beautiful route is selected, then the students have a superior overall trip experience.

The three courses in the LEAD portion of the semester are:

MRM 2240 Backcountry Leadership (3 credits)

MRM 2850 Adventure Programming II (4 credits)

MRM 2900 Outdoor Expedition (4 credits)

The remainder of the semester, students take MRM 2060 Wilderness First Responder and then fulfill a GEU with an Introduction to Geology class that is scheduled and reserved specifically for them.


The Mountain Resort Management concentration has trained generations of students to be leaders in the winter-sport industry. Lyndon’s was the first four-year program of its kind in the nation and remains a key player to this day.

Exciting additions and updates to the Mountain Recreation Degree program

Begins Fall 2015

The Mountain Resort Management concentration is now divided into two tracks.

For those individuals interested in a career in resort operations, there is the Mountain Operations track. In these classes, students will learn about: Patrolling and maintaining trails and terrains; chairlift maintenance and operation; ski instructors and ski patrol; snowmaking and grooming; and becoming a snowmobile tour guide. Curriculum includes emphasis on summer mountain operations including ropes courses, hiking, zip lines, river tubing, and outdoor climbing.

Choose 3 courses (9-10 Credits) from:

MRM 2210 – Lift Functions and Maintenance Credits: 3

MRM 2852 – Snow Maintenance Credits: 3

MRM 2855 – Summer Mountain Operations Credits: 3

MRM 2050 – Outdoor Emergency Care Credits: 4

Want to learn how to be savvy in resort operations and marketing? Learn to successfully compete for a guest’s repeat business with effective service standards and training systems? Students interested in management positions in resort guest services will like the track in Resort Management. Learn to coordinate and efficiently run services such as lodging; nightlife and activities; concierge services; catering and events; entertainment; and dining services. Curriculum includes courses on ecotourism and venue management. Core courses include public relations and program and event planning.

Choose 3 courses (9-10 Credits) from:

MRM 2855 Summer Mountain Operations Credits: 3

MRM 2050 – Outdoor Emergency Care Credits: 4

ANT 3XXX Ecotourism Credits: 3

MBI 3330 Venue Management Credits: 3


Experiential learning is supported by internships and expeditions, allowing students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real-world situations. Our expeditions have gone to Kilimanjaro in Africa, the volcano Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, mountaineering in Ecuador and to the Sierra Nevada, multi-sport (mountain biking, canyoneering, climbing) in Utah, and back-country skiing in Utah and Newfoundland.


Earn certificates in addition to your degree:


Wilderness First Responder


Leave no Trace Master Educator

Outdoor Emergency Care

State of Vermont Lift Apprentice Level I

Certificates of Completion:

Avalanche Level I & II (AIARE)

Geographic Information Systems (ESRI)


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