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Unless skiing is really important in your decision, there really isn't a contest. USC is a far more selective school and has high ranked programs in most fields of study. If you really want to ski, you do have mammoth in california (its like a 5 hour drive though) and you can ski on breaks. If youre from the east coast, you really should experience the west coast though, especially a mountain like mammoth.
I am leaning towards USC but giving up the ability to easily ski every weekend is tough. I know USC has the ski and snowboard club that goes to mammoth but being an engineering student I don't imagine myself having the time to go up there too often. So yes, this is a serious question.
Might want to get this straight: You won't be able to ski every weekend because of the engineering curricula. However, you can ski every weekend that you have at your disposal because a lot of people from USC and the area go to Mammoth, Bear, Mountain High, etc.
East coast blows. USC can rot in hell, too, but at least California is more enjoyable than Vermont.
Unless you're dumb, you can ski every weekend..if you were smart enough to get into USC, you are probably smart enough to figure out how to balance and make it work! Have you ever even seen our videos? I was in mechanical engineering and skied at 120 days my senior year in mammoth.