Utah, the mountains are some of the best in the lower 48 and you're right there. And tuition is cheap (once you become in-state after a year), so you could move there be a bum for a year and save lots of money.
As long as you don't become hooked in the bum lifestyle, or get sick of it (Utah is different...) you can't go wrong
Boulder is sweet, but so damn far from the mountains. I guess there's Eldora but that's going to be a shit show now that it's on the Epic Pass. I feel bad for the people who had that as their home mountain, Vail Resorts may not change it but all the crowds that will be coming sure will