Patrick Fraser, a 2016 graduate of the SKAMP program, is typical of many who work in the ski industry, having ended up there by “accident”, only to discover a passion for the business. Patrick discovered the online SKAMP program while reading articles in SAM magazine, and recognized how this program could help him work his way up in the industry, while still working full time for Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows.

On what attracted Patrickto the program: “The coursework is extremely flexible allowing you to sneak in a little work here and there throughout your work day when you have time.  It is also structured in such a way that you do the bulk of the coursework during the early fall and late spring, which gives you time to be available to work during the busier periods of the ski season.”

In reflecting on how the program has since assisted him in his career, Patrick shared that, “In less than a year I have been looked at for jobs that I do not think I would have been considered for if it weren’t for having this certificate on my resume.  I recently took a new management position within my company and not only do I think having gone through the SKAMP program helped me get the job, but I also use the knowledge gained through the program regularly thought my work day.  I would highly recommend the SKAMP program to anyone looking to take the next step in their career in the ski industry.”