Best ski resorts for college students

Top Colleges for Skiing

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Colby College sponsors highly successful men’s and women’s nordic and alpine skiing teams, which compete in Division I of the NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA). The college operates several miles of groomed ski trails on campus, and alpine skiers can enjoy nearby Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine’s second-highest peak.

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The College of Idaho Coyotes have a long history of success in competitive skiing, with 28 team titles and 17 individual national champions since 1979 in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA). The college is less than an hour from Idaho’s incredible mountains, providing competitive and noncompetitive students easy access to the slopes on weekends.

  • Location: Caldwell, Idaho
  • Type of School: Private liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 1, 041 (1, 018 undergraduates)
  • Learn More: College of Idaho profile
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Colorado College Hiking TripIn addition to a sizable skiing and snowboarding club, Colorado College offers a Ski Bus for students to hit the slopes on winter weekends. The bus provides transportation to several popular local ski resorts including Keystone, Breckenridge and Vail, every weekend from January through March.

  • Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Enrollment: 2, 043 (2, 026 undergraduates)
  • Learn More: Colorado College profile
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Colorado Mesa University certainly has the advantage of location when it comes to skiing opportunities-the campus is situated at the base of the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat top mountain. The college’s Outdoor Program provides opportunities for equipment rental and ski trips as well.Colorado Mesa University Football CSU also fields successful Nordic and alpine ski teams in the USCSA.

  • Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Type of School: Public university
  • Enrollment: Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Learn More: Colorado Mesa profile
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Located outside Denver, the ski capital of the world, Colorado School of Mines is close to several popular Colorado ski resorts, including Eldora Mountain Resort and Echo Mountain, and within a few hours of even more, making weekend ski trips a popular winter activity. The college also has a club ski team competing in the USCSA.

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Colorado School of MinesStudents at Dartmouth enjoy the luxury of a college-owned skiing facility, the Dartmouth Skiway, located just 20 minutes from the main campus. The facility is patrolled by a student-staffed community service group, the Dartmouth Ski Patrol. The Dartmouth Skiway is also home to the college’s NCAA alpine ski team.

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Middlebury also boasts its own ski area, the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, a campus facility open to students and community members with 17 ski trails as well as woods access. The college sponsors highly successful Nordic and alpine ski teams competing in the NCAA and the North Eastern Nordic Ski Association (NENSA).

  • Location: Middlebury, Vermont
  • Enrollment: 2, 507 (all undergraduate)
  • Learn More: Middlebury College profile
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The Montana State Bobcats field alpine and Nordic skiing teams in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association and the NCAA Western Region. Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, students at the university have no shortage of noncompetitive skiing options as well, with several popular ski areas within driving distance of campus.

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Good beginners ski resort

by wanttoski

I took lesson at Sierra at Tahoe five yrs ago and yesterday at Donner Ski ranch. While Sierra at tahoe was ok, donner ski is very slope. While the instructor teaching, I fell down couple times at the learning area near the lodge. I did'nt have the courage to go up in a lift, as the mountain looked very steep. Can anybody advice the best ski resorts for beginners who are afraid of steep slopes. I am in Fremont, CA. Also some good website on skii lessons. Even video or book reference is also fine with me. I really need to learn skiing to teach my daughter.

Going to Tahoe....Try shasta first 4 beginners

by theMoveNStore

Good morning...[iceman] I am exp in this particular category because I myself went w/the kids and it was the first time for both my daughter and I.
We stayed at the best western [outstanding] and the staffs everywhere catered to us. We even went out to a french restaurant that night and the waitress promised to help the kids one on one the next day [no charge]
She was a Godsend. She showed the kids everything they needed to know to get on the slopes. She was an employee of the lodge also. The quaint alpine village ski resort is family oriented and caters to beginners. The view of shasta from the hotel,the country club and the lodge are awesomely inspiring

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I have a great job working for a ski resort where I make very good money for a college student like myself?

My entire crew of buddies also work for the resort and we ski together everyday and drink together almost every night after skiing/ work and it is incredibly fun..My problem is I am not meeting any girls here because this resort is in a remote town where there are very few girls. I can move to where the school is but i won't make anywhere near as much money and I would have to start completly over and make an entirely new group of friends..... it is hard to step away from my group and essentially start over when my group here is big, close, and lots of fun....but no ladies.... Any…

I would stay working at the ski resort a girl will come around sooner or later.

Can anyone recommend a good Ski resort for a group of college students?

Me and a group of friends (around 15 of us) are planning a Snowboard trip for Easter holiday, March 31st to April 18th.

We are trying to keep it as cheap as possible, and we are looking for a self-catered chalet for a reasonable price. The resort also has to be lively and have good apres-ski.

Has anyone been anywhere that sounds like it could live up to these standards? And if so could I have details?


Tignes in the south france (the alps). Im 14 and went there with school earlier this Feb. There a lake you can ice skate on and everything. Its brilliant x Have a nice time lol

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