#07 — Gonzaga University
Gonzaga University, home to the Bulldogs, is a private Roman Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington, on the southern edge of the rugged Selkirk Mountains. While Spokane only receives an average of 11 inches of annual snowfall, Mount Spokane, a mere 26 mile distance away, receives 300-plus, and resorts like Schweitzer, Lookout Pass, Silver Mountain and 49 Degrees North are all within driving distance.
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#06 — Montana State University
MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, at the foothills of the Bridger Mountains and just outside Yellowstone National Park. The college’s location provides easy access to nearby Bridger Bowl, which averages 350 inches of annual snowfall, as well as Big Sky/Moonlight which is one of the largest ski resorts in the US.
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#05 — University of Alaska at Anchorage
For most people, the word “Alaska” conjures up thoughts of razor edge spines, helicopters and steep descents. Now imagine going to college there. From Anchorage, Alyeska Resort’s 630 inches of average annual snowfall are a quick 40-mile drive away. And, if you’re really looking for a challenge, the Chugach Powder Guides heliskiing operation is also located in the town of Girdwood. Get it.
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#04 — Westminster College
Those looking for a more intimate collegiate experience than nearby University of Utah should consider Westminster. Academic help is there when you need it, thanks to a 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio and modest population of 2,295 undergraduates. When it’s time to play, however, Snowbird and Alta are a mere 16 miles away, while resorts like Park City and Canyons are also 26 miles up Interstate 80.
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