by Frank V. Persall
For people who grew up skiing, college may be a scary idea. There is always the possibility that going to college will interfere with their passion for skiing. But, there are hundreds of colleges located in close proximity to ski resorts. Some of those colleges even have their own ski teams and majors relating to skiing. To give you an idea of what colleges have to offer skiers, we have narrowed it down to the top four colleges for skiers!
If you are a skiing enthusiast, then you know that Utah is one of the best states in the U.S for skiing! Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is home to men's alpine and nordic teams, as well as women's alpine and nordic teams. Thus, the University of Utah is the perfect location for committed athletes. Aside from the University of Utah's commitment to professional skiing, the university is located within 100 miles of ten ski resorts. The closest ski resort to the university is Snowbird (it's only 16 miles away). Thus, if you are crafty enough, you can make your schedule open enough, so you can attend class, then hit the slopes!
If you like the skiing culture of Utah, but you prefer a more laid back area, then check out the University of Colorado at Boulder! Like the University of Utah, the University of Colorado offers men's and women's alpine and nordic teams. The University of Colorado also offers club teams. Thus, this university is among the most competitive schools in the country. Within 100 miles of the university, there are eight ski areas. The closest ski resort is Eldora Mountain, which is approximately 20 miles away. Finally, one of the perks that the University of Colorado offers its students is a low cost ski bus which operates from November to April.
Across the country, on the East Coast, sits the best university, for skiers, in the Northeast! The University of Vermont is close to Bolton Valley, Stowe, Killington, and Sugarbush, which are all popular ski resorts. While the university doesn't offer its own skiing teams, Vermont is a hotspot for skiing. After all, over 4 million skiers and snowboarders visit Vermont in a year. Also, you can attempt the Catamount Trail, which is a 300 mile cross-country skiing route, stretching from Massachusetts to Canada.
While Sierra Nevada College does not offer any skiing or snowboarding teams, it does offer a major that is related to skiing. Located in Nevada, Sierra Nevada College is home to the acclaimed ski business and resort management major. The Sierra Nevada College is only two miles away from the popular Diamond Peak resort. There are also 13 other ski areas within 100 miles of the Sierra Nevada College. Due to the specialized skiing major and proximity to ski areas, the US News & World Report called the Sierra Nevada College, "The best snow college in the country".
About Frank V. Persall
Originally from the UK, Frank has a passion for skiing and anything snow related. He is currently on a never ending mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the the World. Frank is happiest when he is on ski slopes with his wife and three children.