Its not hard to find rides at all..you just have to know the right people so try and be friends with people who have cars or people who know people who have cars. If not, there is some sort of bus service that runs up to the mountains on weekends so I guess you could do that too. As for the food, its decent for the first couple months or so and then you start to get tired of it...but there are plenty of good places to eat around boulder.
sure its not close as say the University of Utah, but theres shitty partying there and Mormons. If you can get up on the weekdays its only an hour and half drive tops to Breck or Key, and there both in the top 3 of Freeskier's top parks, so its definitely worth the drive.