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Old 10-05-2008, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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much like a 'What board should i buy' thread but...

University of... Plus(+) Minus(-)
British Columbia - + can go snowboarding, love ice hockey so i can play here - don't know anything about the nightlife/people there.

UCLA - + night life i assume, certain access to tahoe. - america for a year.

Melborne - + used to life there and love the place, cheap to visit home - used to live there so nothing new

Hong Kong - + like HK, been there before. - Don't know about the nightlife or the ethnic ratios

Tokyo - + Interested in japan, how close is tokyo to snow? VENDING MACHINES! - don't know anything about the university

Copenhagen(sp?) - sounds sexy, no idea about it though

London - + Heaps of Kiwis floating around london, night life, - Shit weather and no snow


what one would you chose? i have to decide soon for my transfer application form and this is what i've boiled it down to from the 81 available to me.
NOTE: sure im going for a good education but its more about the stuff i wont be doing at university... drinking, sport, exploring.

any experiences at all with these cities is welcome!!! Or any cities to be honest.

throw us a story or some advice even if its just to do with these countries, not just cities.
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd say BC.
It's beautiful up here. Vancouver's got three great small mountains right on it's doorstep. As well as Whistler close by, and tons of other mountains throughout the province. There's also Mt. Baker in Washington USA, good hour away. Worth at least one visit.
If you like ice hockey, our NHL teams got off to a good start this season, but who knows where that'll go. lol
Nightlife is good... as far as I know. I'm only 15, so there's obviously no clubbing for me. But walking the streets at night, I pass tons of full clubs.
The good thing is, you don't even necassarily have to live in Vancouver. There's a bunch of reasonabily big towns in the vicinity.
And if you skateboard, the skate scene here is pretty big too.

This is of course, just a suggestion
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, everything is just a suggestion

This is more of a thread for people to review the places they've been or live to give me an idea
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Another vote for BC! I personally haven't experienced most of those other places so I can't compare them really. But then again, I am definately happy living 40 mins out of downtown Vancouver and personally don't plan on moving anytime soon.

Ice hockey is pretty big around here too, so i'm sure you would find something real quick. Like Thinkfloyd said, a good amount of local mountains and a rather short trip to wonderful Whistler. Plus somewhat locals resorts only a couple hours drive north such as Sun Peaks and Big White to name a few. And plenty more along the "Powder Highway" is what it's called I believe towards the east, somewhat close to Alberta. However, these are more of a trip.

As far as nightlife, there are plenty of things to do downtown when the sun goes down. Say you get thrown out of one club you only really gotta go a couple blocks to find another haha. Always shows going on at random clubs. And not to mention sporting events like hockey, football (be it CFL :P) and soccer at various venues. Plus the olympics will be here in just over a year! Depending if you get here before then lol

One suggestion you might consider, I hope I explain it well. Anyways here goes....

Rate each aspect (such as snow, nightlife and so on) of the places you are considering on a scale of 1-10. Also give each aspect a weight of importance of 1-5, for example if snow if a must you may give it a weight of 5. What you do next is take whatever you rated the aspect of place based on your research/feedback from others and multiply it by its weight. For instance, going on my example earlier snow being weighted 5 and a say giving a place a rating of 8, the total you would get would be 40 for that aspect at that place. Then you take the totals from all the aspects and tally them. Whichever locations have the highest tally seem to be closer to what you're looking for. But, it obviously won't clearly decide a place for you, only simply narrow it down.

Good luck!

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Yeah thats a good idea, how big is rugby in BC and is there any surf?
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IS U of BC in Vancouver?

Van-city has lots going on, but probably not as much as Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Tokyo or London. Those cities are world-renowned and will rival New York, as far as night-life goes.

As for out-door activities, my vote woudl have to be for BC, of course.

between Hong Kong and Tokyo, if you're concerned about the ethnic-ratio, I hear that Tokyo is actually pretty multi-cultural and that you CAN actually get around there on english alone. Northern Japan is also FULL of amazing back country skiing and snowboarding, so keep that in mind. That being said though, there are TONS of Japanese people that come to Whistler.

I can't comment on UCLA, or Melbourne, but if I were you: I'd go somewhere I've never been before
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IS U of BC in Vancouver?
UBC is like 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. You may possibly be thinkin of UNBC? Which is in Prince George.

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Van-city has lots going on, but probably not as much as Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Tokyo or London. Those cities are world-renowned and will rival New York, as far as night-life goes.
That definately makes sense.

As far as rugby and surf is concerned, there is a rugby scene around here for sure. Surf wise, nothing on the lower mainland, however you could hop on the ferry and head over to Vancouver island and hit up Tofino for some.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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UCLA - + night life i assume, certain access to tahoe. - america (



If you go to UCLA, You will be riding at Mammoth mtn, big bear.. no need to drive all the way to tahoe.
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UCLA is a looong drive to the closest good snow. Mammoth is 5 hours and Tahoe would be around an 8 hour drive. That's a lot of suck. Big Bear, Snow Summit, and Baldy are closer but I would consider them for of something to get you by than full on resorts. BC is a much better recommendation. The surf around there isn't so great either. There are a few decent breaks, but I had friends move back to Norcal because the surf was 10X better.

Tokyo would be pretty kewl. I have no idea how far the mountains are and how easy it is to get there. Japan does get dumped on and finding powder is relatively easy as so few go off piste. The tree riding looks legendary.
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Tokyo would be pretty kewl. I have no idea how far the mountains are and how easy it is to get there. Japan does get dumped on and finding powder is relatively easy as so few go off piste. The tree riding looks legendary.
Dude, lets organize a trip to Japan! I'll help organize it.

seriously (so seriously that I'll even type the full word; seriously).

2009 snowboardingforum.com goes to Japan... forget the West Coast meet, its a lost cause!

(ok, sorry for the hi-jack)
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