Ski Area / Mountain Resort Planning & Design

Ski area clients benefit from our experience and understanding of how to identify opportunities and address constraints. We understand how resorts grow and how outdoor recreation is constantly evolving. We also recognize the importance of engaging surrounding communities, and the secret to keeping mountain resorts fresh and vibrant.

A great experience doesn’t just arise from recreational pursuits or scenic beauty, it evolves from a thoughtful combination of initial promotion and positioning, service, operations, and amenities. The customer experience is achieved through the sum of these parts, and made meaningful and memorable by the consistent reinforcement of the brand.

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Key Services

SE Group helps our clients to envision, develop, and advance their business by providing the following key services for new and existing ski areas/mountain resorts, which range from local day-use areas to large four-season destination resorts:

Mountain Planning & Design

  • Feasibility studies and site selection
  • Site inventory and physical assessments
  • Ski resort master plans
  • Ski trail design and layout
  • Ski lift layout and technology selection
  • Capacity modeling and facility balance
  •  Base Area Planning & Design

    • Base area site planning
    • Skier services programming and design
    • Ski-in/Ski-out real estate design
    • Snow play areas

    Multi-Season Recreation Planning

    • Market assessments
    • Recreation plans
    • Pro-forma financial plans

    Market and Economic Analysis

    • Due diligence/Acquisitions
    • Strategic business planning
    • Market assessments and forecasting
    • Capital cost projections
    • Pro-forma financial plans
    • Operational efficiency analysis

    Project Implementation

    • Design development and construction documentation
    • Bid specifications and contractor selection
    • Preparation of critical path and detailed timelines


    • Field layout of lift terminals, ski trails, mountain roads, and base facilities
    • Construction oversight
    • Resort operations consulting

    For more information regarding Mountain Planning + Design, contact Chris Cushing or Pete Williams.

    For more information regarding Resort Planning + Design, contact Claire Humber or Adam Portz.