I'm basically having a breakdown right now because i came to the bitter realization that it's october of my senior year, and all my years of dreaming of living out west and skiing big mountains everyday could be a reality, but im slowly letting it slip away. I live in cleveland and had almost given up on the hope of skiing pow more than 2 days per year bc my two major (ski related) college choices, CU Boulder and UVM are 40 grand out of state, and even with possible scholarships for 29 act and 3.9 accum, theres no way i could afford that. Then i heard an old friend of mine enrolled at msu in bozeman last year, being mid 20s out of state tuiton, and i realized that i dont have to be stuck at Miami University in Ohio just because CU and UVM are out of the question.
i realize college is so much more than skiing, and i feel that no matter where i go (as long as its not community college etc.) i can succeed. so no need criticizing me on this point. Im just asking for some universities that are cheaper out of state tuition, yet still academically respectable, that are close to mountains with more than 500 ft vertical. That way i can apply to several places and keep my options open.