Our ski area management faculty have both academic knowledge and real world experience within the ski industry. Additionally, they have worked closely with current ski area operators and managers to develop much of the content for each course. As such, you will be learning directly from ski industry experts, including Executive VPs, CEOs, CFOs, mountain operation managers, marketing managers, and human resource managers from some of the most successful ski areas around the world.

SKAMP Faculty

Natalie Ooi

Natalie Ooi with a ski helmet and goggles

Dr. Natalie Ooi is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Ski Area Management Program within the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. She bridges the academic and ski industry worlds, having worked as a rental technician at Steamboat Springs Ski & Resort in 2008/09, before returning in 2010/2011 to do her dissertation on mountain resort tourism development.  Her area of research focus was examining the socio-cultural sustainability of mountain resort development within the community of Steamboat Springs, CO. An avid skier and hiker, Natalie is an Australian citizen who relocated to the USA in 2013 to further follow her passion of skiing and the outdoor lifestyle. Her research interests center on sustainable ski area management and development, with particular interest in the complexities of tourism-community and other stakeholder relationships within mountain resort communities. She earned her Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, where she was a Donald Cochrane Scholar and recipient of the Dean’s Postgraduate Research Excellence Award for the Faculty of Business and Economics.