I'm a high school senior in Missoula, MT, and looking at colleges in both Utah and Colorado. Specifically Westminster in SLC and the University of Denver. (Also CU Boulder, but that damn shits expensive for a public university) Got acceptance letters from both places and skiing's a pretty heavy factor in the decision.
Skied in both states at some point, PC and Canyons in Utah and Breck and Keystone in Colorado. All of them were sick. There's not a huge park scene in MT, especially at the mountains I'm used to. Lost Trail, where I usually ride, has a good setup for being local but nothing like the bigger resorts. I'm mostly interested in riding a lot of park in college but i also dont want to give up steeper terrain and a healthy amount of pow.
The factors i can think of...
- SLC is a lot closer to bigger resorts than Denver is. And traffic to Breck etc looked like hell when we were leaving (on a Friday).
- I didn't have too big of an issue with crowds at the Colorado mountains, but i was there midweek. I cant really remember the crowd situation in PC, it was a few years back.
- There's a mountain about 20 minutes from where i live. So i'm somewhat used to being able to take half days and shredding in the afternoon. Not sure what my college schedules's gonna look like but if i can keep somewhere close to go ride on short notice i'd like to.
- Park city was weird as hell. I'm used to pine trees and lots of vertical.
- DU's campus was rad. Visiting Westminster over spring break.
NSers from either place give me input. Current students at either school? Thoughts?