Let me just say from my own personal experience DO NOT pick a college based only on how good/close the skiing is, I did exactly that and ended up spending 2 1/2 years at a school I shouldn't have gone to in the first place and was not right for me at all; I can't say it's been all negative, I've skied a huge amount (over three years of 60+ day seasons skiing, travelling and skiing some of the sickest mountains and backcountry in North America), but academically I am not where I should be and I have a lot of catching up to do, becuase I decided to go to a rediculously competitive and hard engineering school when I never wanted not do i want to be an engineer and am awful and math/physics, I stayed at the school for so long becuase I kept telling myself it would work out and I would do O.K in the end [The Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, if your curious...], but really I just dug myself into a deeper hole.... I realize this is partly my own fault for not being as studious as I should have been and skiing a shitload instead, but regardless, even when I busted my ass, I just wasn't getting anywhere. Now I am finally transferring to a program that's right for me; and while I might not be skiing as much, I want to finish my degree and get the hell out of school, that way I can AFFORD to ski the rest of my life.... anyways just a few words of caution.
"Places like this will inevitably be filled with a degree of hate, misunderstanding, and straight-up ignorance of the truth. These thoughts are fueled mostly by the jealousy of those who aren't skiing often enough, good enough, or just aren't happy with life. Don't stoop to these people's level, just remember the lines you've ripped, the cliffs you've hucked, the pow you've charged, the trees you've blazed through in waist-deep fresh.. no one can take that away fromn you. This is what they hate you for."