The Top 5 Colleges For Skiing In 2015-2016

By Bob Gockeler
Updated June 27, 2016
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The Top 5 Colleges For Skiing In 2015-2016Skiing is a fun and fantastic sport for anyone who wants to take up a new hobby, hone their already developing skills, or simply get healthier with some snow-based activities. Whether you're the sort of person who hopes to ski competitively during and after your college life, or you're just looking for a location that lets you hit the slopes on those long winter weekends, you need to check out the best colleges for skiing. The following five educational institutions are located directly beside prime locations for skiing enthusiasts, and some even come with their very own on-campus slope. Most of these universities will also provide opportunities to test your skills through competitions in alpine and Nordic skiing.

1.) Fort Lewis College | Durango, Colorado.

There is Purgatory Resort, about six times as big as Powder Horn in Grand Junction less than thirty minutes away. Purgatory actually hosted the 1977 NCAA National Ski Championship, when Ft. Lewis still had an NCAA team and downhill racing was still allowed at the collegiate level.  Telluride and Wolf Creek Ski Area are just over one hour away which host some of the best skiing in the entire world. Wolf Creek, bigger than Powderhorn, also almost always has more snow than any other area in the country.

2.) Western State Colorado University | Gunnison, Colorado.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is also just thirty minutes from campus and Monarch Mountain is a little less than hour away. Crested Butte has hosted numerous extreme skiing championships and was home of the Mountaineers ski team. Monarch has tremendous powder and great "cat skiing."

3.) Dartmouth College | Hanover, New Hampshire.

Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, gives its students the option of enjoying the luxury of their very own college-owned skiing facilities. Located about 20 minutes away from the main campus, the Dartmouth Skiway is patrolled by a community service group that is staffed largely by local students, known as the Dartmouth Ski Patrol.

4.) Montana State University | Bozeman, Montana.

Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana is situated towards the center of the Rocky Mountains, giving students a wide range of potential non-competitive skiing options to choose from. There are numerous ski areas within driving distance of the university campus, and the Montana bobcats also field Nordic and alpine skiing teams in the Rock Mountain Intercollegiate skiing association.

5.) Idaho College | Caldwell, Idaho.

Idaho College, which is found in Caldwell, Idaho is situated less than an hour away from the incredible range of mountains within the city, providing amazing opportunities for noncompetitive and competitive students alike to gain access to the slopes during the weekends. The Idaho Coyotes also have a pretty impressive history of success when it comes to competitive skiing, boasting no fewer than 17 individual national championships and 28 team titles since 1979.

There are always other factors to think about when it comes to selecting the ideal college to prepare you for your future, such as budget and distance. However, if you're passionate about skiing and have a talent that you want to invest in, why not look for a college that actively encourages its students to regularly hit the slopes?

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