what you need to do is talk to people who have been living in Colorado so you can understand the real college scene. Most people at CU-boulder will tell you they applied to Colorado state also but once they checked it out they realized it was not real great and went to boulder. Check out the major you're interested in and some newsweek reports about how CU-boulder or CSU is ranked. do legit research, after all this will determine the rest of your life to an extent. I go to CU-boulder and if you're just concerned with skiing it's about an 1 hour 15 min. for breck and keystone. much better than CSU and in terms of college towns...boulder blows fort collins out of the water. let's be honest here.