UCONN or UVM for sure man.
Im from connecticut but I go to school in PA. I have only been to penn state a couple times but, I would definitely pick Uconn over it anyday. There is always shit going on and plenty of cool people and parties, not to mention how good of a school it has become academically over the past few years. The state continues to give them more funding and the acceptance rate has decreased significantly. Ive heard the ski club is pretty cool as well.
Don't know much about UVM other than that it is in burlington which is cool as fuck and you are fairly close to Stowe, Jay, MRG, and Sugarbush which is definitely some of the best skiing in the east.