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Top Colleges for Skiing

If Skiing is Important to You, Check Out These 18 Schools


Whether you’re hoping to ski competitively in college or you just want a place to hit the slopes on winter weekends, make sure to check out these top skiing colleges. These institutions are all located near prime skiing areas, and a few even have their own slopes on campus! Most of these colleges and universities also offer opportunities for varsity competition in Nordic and alpine skiing.

1. Colby College

Colby College
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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.

2. College of Idaho

The College of Idaho
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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

3. Colorado College

Colorado College Hiking Trip
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In 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
  • Type of School: Private liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 2,043 (2,026 undergraduates)
  • Learn More: Colorado College profile

4. Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University Football
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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. 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

5. Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines
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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.

6. Dartmouth College

Dartmouth Skiway
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Students 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.

7. Middlebury College

Middlebury College
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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
  • Type of School: Private liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 2,507 (all undergraduate)
  • Learn More: Middlebury College profile

8. Montana State University

Big sky in Bozeman, Montana
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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.

9. Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University
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Plymouth State University is located just south of the White Mountain National Forest, home to some of New Hampshire’s best skiing. In addition, the university offers a ski package for students to purchase discounted passes to local ski facilities. The Plymouth State Panthers compete in NCAA men’s and women’s alpine skiing in the EISA conference.

10. Reed College

Reed College
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The Outing Program at Reed College regularly organizes Nordic, alpine and cross country skiing events and trips to nearby ski areas, including Crater Lake, Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. The college also manages a ski cabin for student use at Mount Hood, which is about 90 minutes from campus.

  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Type of School: Private liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 1,474 (all undergraduate)
  • Learn More: Reed College profile

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