Community college is one way to go. I have a group of four friends who are moving out to Breck next year and rooming together while they work at the mountain and keep up with a few classes at CCC. I'm from the east and really want to go to school out west with good skiing. I'm thinking about UCO at Boulder, Westminster, Univ. UT, Lewis and Clark...they're mostly good schools with some of the greatest skiing in the country almost in the backyard. A lot of people say there arnt great schools near mountains but that's not entirely true. I'm looking for something that allows me to get a good education and continue skiing for as long as I can.
As far as money goes, it's never cheap. Community college is the way to go if your prioritizing money and skiing comes first, and not all community colleges are bad. But you can pay for a private or state college thats near mountains. Also, best case scenario is you can find work at the resort and help pay through college and get a free pass. It's up to what your looking for and how much school and skiing mean to you.