I'm a senior at Keene High and I don't care which way you go to Mt Snow, you're not getting there in 45 mins. Especially if it's icy/snowy. And yes, I know the shortcut to Snow. With typical weekend traffic, about an hour is more realistic. Okemo's a little under an hour and Stratton can be done in a little over an hour. You always have the Gorge when you don't have time to go to VT.
If you're liberal you'll fit right in in Keene. Don't forget about Topless Tuesdays at Central Square and be on the lookout for people dressed as vaginas walking around downtown. If you're for the legalization of weed, you could go clam bake the lobby of the police station with all the old hippies. These are the kinds of things that go on in Keene. Plus, the parties aren't bad.