Higher Education: East Coast Edition

Alex Rodway, riding the short bus at Keene's Granite Gorge. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Alex Rodway, riding the short bus at Keene's Granite Gorge. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Let’s face it: the real key to the good life is figuring out a way to snowboard on someone else’s dime. For the pros, it’s all about sticker placement and logo time. The jobless call it “funenployment”. The trustfunders have mom and dad and until the ripe age of 18, we all have the pleasure/horror of high school keeping us afloat. But it doesn’t last forever, and eventually you’re going to have to do one of two things: either endure the hell of getting a job, or find anyway possible to hustle your ass right back to school.

The best part about going to college (besides the ragers, co-eds, cheap season passes, sleeping til noon, etc) is that it’s the last time of your life when snowboarding everyday and partying every night is fully accepted; at some of these institutions, it’s downright mandatory. Plus (unlike high school…), you have the freedom to choose where you want to go.

Which brings us to the next step: where the hell do you go? The schools of the Rockies, Northwest, etc hold some pretty epic terrain – no debate there. But for the college-bound really looking to live the snowboard life, it’s hard to beat the vast community of sons and daughters skipping classes on the East. New England especially is home to a number of colleges and universities dedicated to keeping snowboard culture alive and well. The hard-working heritage of the region has led its youth to create something truly special from the roughness they know and ride everyday, while their pride, attitude and true grit-love of snowboarding is damned inspiring. Just one hit of the ice coast and you’re hooked – the experience of attending one the East’s finest snowboard schools will forever change your perception of “higher education”.

Here it is: The best snowboard colleges of the East Coast.