Higher Education: East Coast Edition

UVMST's Seth Levin, sliding one of many on-campus classics. PHOTO: Bobby Bruderle
UVMST's Seth Levin, sliding one of many on-campus classics. PHOTO: Bobby Bruderle

#2: University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

When it comes to riding the East Coast, the University of Vermont is a true institution of snowboarding. Located right in downtown Burlington (aka Boulder, CO with a sweet lake and better beer), Vermont offers 6 first-rate park and pow resorts to its students – all under an hour and a half away. Along with local companies (and frequent internship destinations) Burton and Rome, most choose Stowe as their everyday home mountain, with Jay Peak holding the best powder riding in the Eastern US. Bolton Valley offers up the only night-riding in Vermont, while local favorite Sugarbush continues the progression that once groomed Jeff Brushie and countless VTSP OGs. Even Killington is only 1.5 hours away – home to the earliest openings and only Burton Stash Park in the East.

Off the hill, Burlington pretty much exists to provide good times for the students of UVM. As long as you can put up with the occasional Phish reunion and world-ending environmental rally, it’s one of the best all-around college cities in the nation. From countless rail jams and world-class music acts, to multiple culture festivals and a thriving urban/DJ scene, it’s easy to see why so many UVM grads choose to stay in the city years after the classes have ended. The “Burlington Grey” (not the sunniest place ever) may be one of the many reasons the community produces such an abundance of arts, music, good beer and festivals, but it’s the largest collection of fun-loving, free-living young people in New England that come out to enjoy and support it all.

If you’re looking to ride at the best of East Coast snowboard resorts, enjoy one of the most progressive cities in America and easily escape to Boston, Montreal and NY – all while earning what’s considered one of the more prestigious state degrees in the US – it’s very hard to beat UVM.

Nearby Resorts: Stowe (40 mins), Bolton Valley (30 mins), Smugglers’ Notch (45 mins), Sugarbush (1 hour), Jay Peak (1.5 hours), Killington (1.5 hours)

Snowboard Club / Team: UVM Snowboard Team, UVM Ski and Snowboard Club

Shred Alums: Phish’s Trey Anastasio shred the hippie axe here for a turn; Zach Leach, Tanner Pendleton, Colleen Quigley and countless snowboard industry veterans were once UVM Catamounts.

Extra Credit: Be sure to check out the vast UVM Snowboard Team and Club – maybe the largest in the nation. For the more art, photo and/or graphic design-oriented snowboarder who’s also looking to ride Vermont while earning a respected degree, Champlain College, or “Camp Champ”, is the place for you.