boulder is cool and everything, but i dont really recommend it. i went there for a year and ended up having to transfer because it was way too much fun. i partied too much, drank too much, skiied too much, and smoked too much. if you can control yourself, it's a really cool place. that said, i go to school in the east now and there arent any decent mountains nearby. it sucks, but my actual life is a whole lot better because i transferred. my grades are actually really good now, and im looking to get a pretty good job for a resort company or a ski company after i graduate so that i can move back out west and ski the good stuff again.
basically, CO can be a 4 year ski vacation if you want it to be, but if you dont do well in class youll end up having to leave when youre done. im looking forward to the payoff of being able to move out there for the rest of my life because i made the decision to leave for a little while.
i recommend you go someplace near some DECENT mountains, but nothing that's going to keep you from getting your work done. in the meantime, think about some good jobs you can get in the mountains when youre done with school so that you can make the move out west permanently.
if you think you can survive in CU, though, then go ahead. it's a really strict school these days when it comes to drugs and drinking because theyre trying to shake their party image. be careful not to get caught doing anything stupid.