Mountain Recreation Management

"Lyndon was probably the biggest contributor to reaching my overall career goals."

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.

Mountain Recreation Management, B.S.


Mountain Resort Management

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

For those interested 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.

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.

We are NEBHE eligible (tuition discount) in ALL New England States (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI). But we go better than that with our stackable awards. 

Adventure Leadership

This 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.

Required Courses

Core Courses (38-44 Credits)

MAT 2021, Statistics, is strongly recommended for all Recreation majors to complete the GEU Mathematics requirement.

Mountain Resort Management Concentration: (26-27 Credits)

Minimum required credits for the program: 64

Choose Three (3) Courses (9-10 Credits) from either the Mountain Operations Group or the Resort Management Group:

Adventure Leadership Concentration: (27 credits)

Minimum required credits for the program: 65

In addition to these courses, students must complete at least eight (8) credits from outdoor skills courses, with a minimum of five (5) credits in one skill area; rock climbing, paddling, ropes course, winter mountaineering/ice/BXC/avalanche.

Experiential learning is supported by internships and expeditions, allowing students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real-world situations. Our expeditions often stay in the northeast to minimize cost and environmental impact, but 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 Jackson Hole and Newfoundland.


Available Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR
  • 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)
  • American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor