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Old 01-06-2010, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How yall doing on this cold winter night????, So I am appling for some colleges, but I am looking for some schools close to some resorts. Does any1 have any ideas or have done this already? I was searching for some schools out in utah but they are hell'a expensive. I am loking for something below 18,000 year. I live in Virginia right now, I am undecieded so it doesnt really matter where I go. I just want to be able to ride and it be within a 2hr distance. Chris
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just to let you know out of state tuition is going to be hella expensive reguardless of where you go. on that note, Maine has several universities, and its a small enough state that any mountain is close by. Also, you have NH and Vermont resorts to hit up on the weekends aswell.
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Well, I don`t know what you are majoring in an what schools specialize in what. In general, you might look at University of Montana in Bozeman near Big Sky or Montana State in Missoula. Eastern Washington University outside of Spokane which is close to several decent resorts like Schwietzer and Silver Mountain. University of Washington on the west side puts you a reasonable drive to Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie with Baker, White Pass and Mt. Hood a very do-able long day trip. In Oregon, Portland state and the U of O in Corvallis puts you close to Mt. Hood and a couple of smaller ski area down south like Hoodoo and Willamette Pass. Bachelor is also a do-able day trip.
Snowolf, you got the bass ackwards. The University of Montana is in Missoula, Montana State is in Bozeman. Neither side would hesitate to strangle you for making that mistake - there is a very healthy rivalry between the two schools.

Missoula would put you 30 minutes from Snowbowl, which I've heard is nice, but pretty small. Several bigger resorts are within a few hours' drive, though. Bozeman would provide better riding overall, since it's close to Big Sky.

Eastern Washington is near Spokane, which I wouldn't wish on anyone. What a stupid, dirty, falling-apart city. We call it "Spokompton."

Western Washington University is in Bellingham, which is about an hour from Mt. Baker and 3-4 hours from Whistler. That could be fun!

I'm not sure what's up there for colleges, but the Idaho panhandle would be pretty sweet - beautiful area and some nice resorts.
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First, I'll admit I'm a little biased. I went to the University of Utah and from my experience it's at the top of the list for top-quality riding close to campus. Snowbird is about a 30 minute drive, plus there are a half-dozen other resorts with plenty of Utah pow within 30 miles. Sure, Utah is not on Playboy's list of Top 10 party schools, but you can still have a good time. As for the snow, it doesn't get any better.

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Montana State: Bozeman is a great town and as others have mentioned, Big Sky is nearby. However, if you live in Bozeman, you'll probably be riding Bridger Bowl with the rest of the locals.

Montana: Snowbowl is the local mountain and gets decent snow. It's small but definitely not crowded. Whitefish Mountain is roughly three hours away and is a much larger resort.

Colorado: Boulder is a great place to go to school, but the bigger Colorado resorts are two hours away and if cost is a concern, this one is probably not on your list.

Nevada: There's plenty of fun in Reno and you're only 45 minutes from Squaw Valley. It surprises me how often the University of Nevada is overlooked as a school with great riding.

I live in Michigan and when I went through this process I requested info from all of the schools I considered. Go to their Web sites and fill out a request and check them out. Good luck. Hope you decide to be a Ute!
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Well, I don`t know what you are majoring in an what schools specialize in what. In general, you might look at University of Montana in Bozeman near Big Sky or Montana State in Missoula. Eastern Washington University outside of Spokane which is close to several decent resorts like Schwietzer and Silver Mountain. University of Washington on the west side puts you a reasonable drive to Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie with Baker, White Pass and Mt. Hood a very do-able long day trip. In Oregon, Portland state and the U of O in Corvallis puts you close to Mt. Hood and a couple of smaller ski area down south like Hoodoo and Willamette Pass. Bachelor is also a do-able day trip.
Thanks I looked up University of Washington, hopefully i get in somewhere close to some hills, If not ima go crazy
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Thanks I looked up University of Washington, hopefully i get in somewhere close to some hills, If not ima go crazy
Depending where you get in VA, there are some decent slopes nearby in WV. You have Snowshoe, Canaan, Timberline and Winterplace. In-State tuition at any large school is going to save you thousands of dollars (that you can spend on riding) over out-of-state and I'm sure that most schools will have a small local slope. Of course, if you pick a smaller school, out-of-state tuition may be less than a big school's in-state. Big difference between Appalachian State and Penn State for instance. PSU has Tussey (tiny POS, but it's 5 miles from campus) and App has half a dozen slopes. App's out-of-state tuition is about half PSU in-state.
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go to college for the education?

and to the above poster, tussey = LOL
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Western Washington University is in Bellingham, which is about an hour from Mt. Baker and 3-4 hours from Whistler. That could be fun!
you'll never graduate from wwu...most just flunk out winter term or drop out and become bums...bad choice .
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How has no one mentioned University Nevada Reno...Depending on where you live you're within an hour of most of Tahoe. Also I believe there's a few schools in southern CO that are close to mountains. Also Portland State University in Oregon and you're an hour from year round boarding.
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How has no one mentioned University Nevada Reno...
Look five posts above.
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