Best Winter Colleges

university building in the snowWhile January has some students dreading chapped lips and icy sidewalks, winter enthusiasts can’t wait to hit the slopes in these college towns.

Whether you like to ski or snowboard, these campuses come complete with their own winter wonderland.

University of Colorado (Boulder, Co.): This college presents some of the country’s best slopes. Eldora Mountain Resort is a mere 30-minute drive from campus, which boasts 53 trails and 12 lifts.

Montana State University(Bozeman, Mont.): Students in this college town spend their winter months making the most out of the cold weather.

“The winter recreation available to students around the Bozeman area ranges from downhill skiing, to Nordic skiing, to ice climbing, to backcountry skiing, to ice fishing, and I could go on and on,” said Tracy Ellig, a university spokesperson. “Within a 60 minute drive from town, there are three remarkable ski areas, [and] there’s a world-class, ice-climbing region that’s 40 minutes outside of town.”

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Olympian Spotlight on Graham Watanabe

Olympic athlete Graham Watanabe

Olympic athlete Graham Watanabe

Name: Graham Watanabe

Competition: Snowboarding

Age: 27

Hometown: Hailey, Idaho

School/University: Westminister College

Major: Business

How does Graham Watanabe train:
Graham spends, on average, five days a week training for his sport. Graham spends most days on the slopes, practicing his moves. To keep in top physical shape, he rides a stationary bike, does lunges, and runs uphill on a giant treadmill.

How they manage it all: Graham receives intense support from his family. His father and brother introduced him to the sport when he was young, and it has remained a family sport ever since. 

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