I spent two years at St. Lawrence and hated every waking hour (and many of the sleeping ones, too). I transfered out quickly.
If you like frigid weather (we're talking -30), isolation, ex*****ve drugs and going to class with a lot of trust fund kids who screwed around too much at boarding school even for daddy's money to buy a place at Harvard, it's for you. It wasn't for me.
My freshman year it snowed on the day I went home. That was May 17th. No idea why it would attract a lot of downhill skiiers. You can ski cross country right out of your dorm, but its a long way from the hills.
For what it's worth, a lot of the students spent most of their time stoned talking about how cool UVM is. I never figured out why they didn't just go there, in that case.
Thanks for the update. My nephew went there. I wasn't sure why, but he seems to fit into your description. He's not exactly a trust fund kid but all his friends seem to be. How come it took you 2 yrs to get away?