Adam Lippa '10
A Drive to Learn
Though Adam Lippa will admit he enjoys the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere of Vermont when compared to his hometown Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, don’t let this fool you. This veteran skier is in a race to more than just the finish line -- he’s on a fast track to a future position as a resort manager.
Adam first started skiing eight years ago; he started racing shortly after that. Thanks to a couple of friends whose parents own or manage ski resorts, Adam soon found his hobby turning into a dream chance to learn more about career options. But it takes motivation for a dream to come to fruition, and as a freshman sporting eighteen credits -- as well as a non-credited directed study -- Adam’s got that drive.
After only a short time in the resort management program, Adam’s already collaborating with Prof. Lisa Aherin on a research project to study how environmental education has been incorporated into hospitality curriculums around the country. Over the remainder of the semester, he will balance this time-consuming research -- conducted as part of his directed study -- with his regular course load.
When he finishes this project, not only will it advance scholarly debate, it will give him insight into how to incorporate environmental ethics in ski resort management. “Ski resorts will be one of the first industries to suffer from global warming,” Adam says. “I am predicting that over the next 10 to 20 years in the resort industry 'environmental initiatives' and 'going green' will not be new ideas, but a way of life. I, for one, plan on incorporating environmental ethics into my management style.”
Though working on this project -- as a freshman -- is truly extraordinary, Adam’s hands-on method of considering future possibilities is nothing new. In high school, not only did he job shadow at resorts, he spent his entire last month as a senior interning at a resort near home. “It was a very different and interesting experience,” Adam commented. “I worked at that same resort seasonally for three years previous, so it was neat to see what was going on internally.”
After completing the resort management program, Adam plans to work at a multi-season resort. “I’ve been all over the country -- I don’t really have a preference as to where I work,” he said. “I just need to have a place that has things happening during all the seasons. It keeps things moving.”