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Jan 10, 2023

Calling Ski Enthusiasts to Learn the Ropes at Boyne Mountain with FSU’s Ski Resort Management Course

Certification open to dual-enrollment, traditional, and non-traditional students.

Students interested in learning the ski business can gain unique and valuable access to the inner workings of Boyne Mountain Resort by enrolling now in Ferris State University’s Ski Recreation Management course.  The course is one of four needed to obtain Ferris’ 12-credit academic certificate in Ski Resort Management. The two entities have been partnering since 2016 on a curriculum built and taught by Hospitality Management Assistant Professor Karyn M. Kiio.

The partnership has yielded memorable learning experiences for hundreds of students who train and work as Boyne Mountain SnowSports Academy instructors as part of their experience in the course, in addition to learning and working in various resort departments including, equipment rental, grooming, snowmaking, and lift operations.

The Ski Resort Management Certificate consists of the following courses: Ski Recreation Management; Hospitality Cost Control Systems; Guest Service Management; and Michigan History. 

Boyne Mountain Resort’s Vice President of Food and Beverage, Mike Doumanian, is a 2009 graduate of Ferris’ Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, and also serves on the program’s alumni advisory board.  He was an integral part of bringing this partnership together.

“This is a great opportunity for students to set a career path in the ski industry and be part of Ferris State University and Boyne Resorts,” said Doumanian.  “We are very excited to partner with FSU to create a unique educational experience for the students in our area.”

“This is an academic partnership unlike any other, especially with its opportunities for our local high school students through dual-enrollment,” said Kiio.  “Boyne Mountain Resort has become a satellite campus of Ferris State University, and students love the hands-on learning we can provide.”

The Ski Recreation Management course is open to dual enrollment, traditional, and non-traditional students of all ages. Those interested in the program can participate in an informational meeting set for Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 6 p.m.  The session is being held in the Graz meeting room inside the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa at Boyne Mountain Resort.  A property tour, light hors d’oeuvres, and beverages are being provided. To attend or for more information about the certificate program, please contact Deedee Stakley at deestakley@ferris.edu or call 231.679.2658.

Media Contact: Erin Ernst, Director Of Communications