It really is a truly awful place, don't do it.
I thought this needed confirmed, again.
OK, I'll bite. What makes C-Springs truly awful? I've got no dog in this fight, but I've been there (long ago). Mostly just curious as to what evoked 2 such strong opinions. Seems like a decent sized town, near Denver. College options might be a bit limited.
As for OP, I just came back from the US Collegiate Snowsports National Championships in Sun Valley, and 3 schools stood out, Rocky Mountain College, Sierra Nevada College, and Colorado Western States (in Gunnison, not sure of the exact name).
Not engineering schools, probably, but seemed like they had well developed snowsports programs in general, and were well located for that. Just a thought, not an endorsement.
I got my Mech Eng degree from the Naval Academy 20 years ago, and looking back I'd say that book learned eng is mostly the same at any school that offers a program. What would break a program out for me (when my boys start looking) is the lab/practical application facilities, it's proximity to internship opportunities, and relationships the school may have with the fields you're interested in (aviation, nuclear, naval architecture, civil, etc).
Good luck, exciting times, for sure!