saskskierYou don't think people actually use student loans for school, do you?
I actually have a friend who mentioned "That one ski trip I took with my student loans is costing me a looooot of money"
But to answer your question OP
I have friends who went to school in Colorado their freshman year but that doesn't mean anything if no one has a car / you have no way to get to the hill. Going to a mountain school that costs buckets of money isn't necessarily your best option either- think of all that tuition money you could have spent on skiing anywhere in the world that you wanted to!
My freshman and sophomore years I spent at UMN in Minnesota and managed to ski pretty much every weekend (and even on weekdays :)). The hills were easily accessible, and affordable. I saved so much money (and ski club trips are really cheap), that I was able to take 3 trips out west my freshman year- one winter break, one spring break, and one to hood in may. Same thing my sophomore year except winter break was an extended 2 week long trip. Each year I probably spent less than 1,500 on travel, and saved a TON on tuition.
My parents made a deal with me that if I went to the in-state school they'd help me pay for these trips and it worked out pretty damn well. Granted now I'm taking some classes in Montana and spending my winter not doing school in the Tetons... but its still affordable and moving back to MN to finish school won't be so bad cause I had an awesome deal going.