Here's real advice:
If you go to school at Boulder without your head screwed on properly (as in, putting snow time/fun time ahead of study time) then you *will* fail out. Its a party school and there are a ton of distractions. I know two people who failed out of that particular campus their first year there.
I've never met anyone who graduated from any schools in Utah, and I've never visited the campus so I don't have any info for you there.
I was broke when I was in college, and my curriculum wasn't exactly easy. A recreational luxury like season passes for snowboarding would have been the least of my concerns.
Are you still weighing in about how hard engineering was? Are you serious? It was a breeze and I got 55 days in my senior year. I went to a top 10 party school had a blast every night and had no problem staying up all night the night before a test to study and pass the test. It is all about priorities. I also got a good job out West like I wanted so it worked out for me.
Is the inversion only in SLC or in cities like South Jordan and surrounding areas?
Yes if you look at the photo I posted it was taken from about 5 miles south of downtown. You can see downtown in the photo. I work in Tooele County and we have a nasty inversion as well over here. It straight up sucks! Especially when you are training for another marathon and you have to run. What a fun time that is.
it's ugly but unless you have a breathing problem or something I wouldn't let it impact my decision, you can drive 15 minutes up into the Canyons and the air is fine. I would agree with the comments above though Boulder is a HUGE party school with a ton of distractions as I know one individual personalty who failed out her first year due to partying distractions but you may be responcible enough to deal with that.
Also have you priced tuition at Boulder?!?!?!?!?
I haven't been serious this whole thread, but I will be for a second. If you enjoy things in the valley such as sports and want to do them in the winter don't move here. I have never had breathing problems but once you start sucking in oxygen it burns and slows you down a lot. Hell my 3 mile run is almost a min/mile slower than average even though I am exerting myself more.
Utah is clearly full and the inversion is proof of that. Move to boulder and marry a chick with flowers in her hair. She might not have showered in a full year, but it is better than a mormon chick wanting to marry you on the first date.