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post #1 of 18
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From time to time we get a question posted about finding a ski town with a great college near by.

Freeskier Magazine has come up with the top 10 Colleges near skiing.

 

I noticed that @nolo's Gonzaga made the list, which is cool, but I wonder why UNR didn't make the cut while University of Denver and Boulder are listed, both farther away from ski resorts than University of Nevada Reno. :dunno

Ski to your degree: We rank the top 10 colleges for skiers

 

This is how they break it down 

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Breaking It Down

Factor % Total Score
Distance to Closest Resort 16%
Average Annual Snowfall of Closest Resort 13%
Number of Ski Areas within 100 miles 10%
Average zrankings.com Snow Score of all Resorts within 100 miles 6%
Highest zrankings.com Snow Score of any Resort Within 100 Miles 6%
Largest zrankings.com Score within 100 miles 6%
Avg. zrankings.com Score within 100 Miles 6%
Transportation Offerings to Ski Areas Provided by School (Y/N) 5%
Number of Courses Offered with Regard to Skiing and Snow 5%
Major Film Premieres on Campus This Year 5%
Average Annual Tuition 5%
Percent Students Receiving Grant Aid 5%
Professor-to-Student Ratio 5%
Graduation Rate 5%
Average Snowfall of City / Town 2%
Is Weed Legal (Y/N) 2%
 
post #2 of 18

Looking at Tuition, I'm glad I'm in Canada.  I have three kids.  Counting the two degrees they are working on now, there are seven university degrees between them.  (I have a few myself too).  Even living in Canada, I told them if they wanted to go to school, they had better get good marks for scholarships, 'cause I couldn't afford the tuition!

post #3 of 18

Sierra College in Truckee offers a degree in mechatronics--training people to repair computer operated machinery like ski lifts. Reportedly trained lift techs are in demand enough that some years ago recruiters were grabbing people out of the final exam without waiting for them to finish the test. So you can go to school in the mountains and get a job there afterwards (if you don't mind a job where you have to climb a sixty foot pole in a blizzard.).

post #4 of 18
Not sure the data reports on anything useful. 100 miles may as well have been 1000 miles when I was a poor carless student. Several other nonsensical criterion in the list.
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I noticed that @nolo
's Gonzaga made the list, which is cool, but I wonder why UNR didn't make the cut while University of Denver and Boulder are listed, both farther away from ski resorts than University of Nevada Reno. th_dunno-1%5B1%5D.gif

University of Navada Reno is on there at #8.
post #6 of 18
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Not sure the data reports on anything useful. 100 miles may as well have been 1000 miles when I was a poor carless student. Several other nonsensical criterion in the list.


That's why there are buses. I know that WWU (#9 on the list) has transportation from campus to the mountain and back.  Probably most, if not all, of the schools on the list have a similar arrangement.  Don't need no stinkin' car.

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 Several other nonsensical criterion in the list.

"Major Film Premieres on Campus This Year" 

"Is Weed Legal"

post #8 of 18

Glad to be currently attending #9 (Western Washington University)!

post #9 of 18

Webroot says there's something nasty hiding behind that link.

post #10 of 18

Michigan Tech, Houghton, MI -  the Upper Peninsula. 

 

They own the hill, hire students to work there, give PE credit for skiing,  and have free transport. The school is on one bank of the river and hill is directly across on the other side.  Rail features for daily jams on campus for diversion.

 

Serious school for serious students. Beautiful campus and location.

post #11 of 18

TIckets for the CU Boulder ski bus are just $15, and head up both days most weekend to one of the Epic Pass resorts:

http://www.colorado.edu/ecenter/ski-bus

 

Or, it's just $2.50 each way on the public bus to Eldora:

http://www.rtd-denver.com/skiNRide.shtml

 

I'm glad to see the ski club is continuing out of state trips during breaks. I first skied Jackson and AltaBird that way decades ago.   Pretty good deal on a Jackson Hole trip!  

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Jackson Hole

Finish your winter break on a high note! Jackson Hole is one of the premiere ski areas of the west and we want you to experience it. Last years attendees were riding waist deep in pow every day!! It's a week you will never forget with others you will want to shred with again and again. We guarantee you will never have a chance to ride Jackson Hole at a better price! 

Price: $499 Passenger / $479 Driver 

Dates: January 5 - January 10, 2014

Price includes lodging, lift tickets, everyday breakfast, one dinner, and round-trip transportation!

http://boulderfreeride.org/trips/

post #12 of 18
Pretty tough to beat University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 3 local mountains all with night skiing, Whistler and Mt.Baker both at 1.5h's away.
post #13 of 18

Please don't consider CCOC because they are expanding and growing.  Even though you would only be 20 miles from Mt. Bachelor (maybe less) the place is just too crowded! 

http://www.cocc.edu/

 

 

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I noticed that @nolo
's Gonzaga made the list, which is cool, but I wonder why UNR didn't make the cut while University of Denver and Boulder are listed, both farther away from ski resorts than University of Nevada Reno. th_dunno-1%5B1%5D.gif

University of Navada Reno is on there at #8.


Doh!  How did I miss that? 

There it is!

post #15 of 18

I do have to giggle a bit. My senior year son only applied to a total of 6 universities - 3 of them are on that list - U of Ute, U of Denver, and U of C - Boulder.  At least he has his priorities straight.  Just kidding - all 3 are actually really good schools and, at least, his first choice school is in San Diego and close to home.  Of course, we have made it clear that we are not adverse to sleeping on the floor of his dorm room if he ends up in Colorado or Utah!

post #16 of 18

Both of my sons attend the U. If your son wants to talk to a kid who actually goes there, I'll put him in touch. For access to sking there is no comparison. Not that is the priority. 

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Pretty tough to beat University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 3 local mountains all with night skiing, Whistler and Mt.Baker both at 1.5h's away.

Sorry to quote myself, but if you look it up, UBC is an excellent school. Matter of fact their freshman admission rate is around 5% if I recall. Grouse Mtn and Cypress are about 20 minutes from campus, Seymour about 30m. We'd regularly take an evening 'ski study break', then head back and finish work. All the local hills and Whistler offered student 4 pack passes. Here's the other thing. You can go there even of you're American so long as you don't have any DUI's, and tuition is still cheaper than pretty much any private school in the US.
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Sorry to quote myself, but if you look it up, UBC is an excellent school. Matter of fact their freshman admission rate is around 5% if I recall. Grouse Mtn and Cypress are about 20 minutes from campus, Seymour about 30m. We'd regularly take an evening 'ski study break', then head back and finish work. All the local hills and Whistler offered student 4 pack passes. Here's the other thing. You can go there even of you're American so long as you don't have any DUI's, and tuition is still cheaper than pretty much any private school in the US.


Actually, I am a Canadian citizen myself and wish I had gone there back in the day!  Sigh... I was foolishly seeking sunshine and beaches at that time in my life.  How dorky of me!  

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Both of my sons attend the U. If your son wants to talk to a kid who actually goes there, I'll put him in touch. For access to sking there is no comparison. Not that is the priority. 


Actually that is pretty high on the priority list!  His first choice is still a local U that is on the beach with a great surf break! He has very good grades and is looking at high quality schools with "perks" and I have no problem with that.  I am hoping to keep him closer to home, but that is just mama bear instinct.  Ultimately, he will decide for himself and we will cheer him on.

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