any recommendations to not look like an idiot American in Malmo for February . . . ?
would travel to Lusk and university and thereabouts . . . thanks for the international help if possible . . .
Malmo is right down around the southern tip of Sweden, so you'll be about as far from the mountains as you can get. Are is the biggest resort in Sweden as far as I know, but you're probably closer as the crow flies to the resorts in Norway, like Hemsedal.
Looks like there are a few little hills around Malmo and Goteburg. See here https://www.j2ski.com/ski_resorts/Sweden/Swedish_Ski_Resorts_Map.html