Don't go to college just for skiing. .
CU Boulder or Denver is where you'd go for something inbetween, if you are legit smart can get into a significantly better school than those please forget about skiing and go winter break/spring break and maybe 1 or 2 weekends.
Go to one of the big time Cali schools if you can get in. USC is good shit. But everyone who goes there ends up staying and getting a masters from there so be warned you'll be in LA for 6-7 years minimum.
If your not as smart Oregon and Washington schools are solid (OSU, Oregon, UW, WSU fuck the small colleges.)
Nevada (Reno) is a great school and 45 minutes from the mountians... great school if you're going to stay out west and as good as basically everything not named Stanford/Cal/USC near it. But you won't get much of an alumni base back east with it.
And when you go to school far away, you do want to go to a school that everyone will have heard of. National reputations are good and its good to know you'll know fellow alums and stuff in all the major cities across the country after college.