Summer doesn't have to mean that school is out -- or that you have to put your ski boots away.
Registration for summer classes has begun at the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College, including several classes in ski business.
For the first time, Steamboat Springs' campus, on Bob Adams Drive, will extend its ski business classes into the summer. The classes will run one week each, starting May 15 for Boot Fitting I and May 22 for Boot Fitting II.
Professor Terry Hunter said the popularity of the college's ski and snowboard business programs led to the summer scheduling.
"I think we'll continue to see summers getting busier and busier," said Hunter, who has taught resort management classes at the college for 16 years. "These kids know they have jobs waiting for them."
Instructor Brianne Powell, who teaches Photoshop, basic computer and French for the Traveler classes at CMC, in addition to her duties as an administrative assistant, said a variety of people take advantage of summer classes.
"We have great community classes all summer long," Powell said. "Students coming back from college to their hometown in Steamboat can pick up credits by taking core classes in a relaxed summer environment with friendly people here to help."
The college's core class offerings include English composition classes, in which students can wrap up a semester's work in less than a month. English Composition I meets from June 5 to 23, and English Composition II runs from July 17 to Aug. 4. English classes can be taken in Bristol Hall or online. Science classes, including Human Anatomy and Physiology II, also can be taken online, college spokeswoman Debra Crawford said.
The college also offers three artistic workshops: Pap--ermaking from May 11 to 14, a class that teaches the art of using Asian and Western pulp to make natural papers; Non-Toxic Printmaking from May 18 to 21, teaching non-toxic monotype and stencil-making; and a Book Arts workshop from June 1 to 4, teaching how to make book bindings and portfolios for hardbound projects.
Second sessions of all three workshops will be offered in July, Crawford said.
More art offerings can be taken in the college's two-year-old art studio. Classes include Fundamentals of Oil Painting, Batik -- using wax on fabric and then dyeing it in patterns -- and Plein Air Painting, which takes place outdoors.
While outside, students can check out local wildflowers with college instructor Karen Vail. The botanist will direct wildflower discussions during scenic strolls throughout the Yampa Valley on trails requiring moderate exertion. The day trips last from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are noncredit science courses.