#3: University of New Hampshire
The flagship university of the great state of New Hampshire has been dealt a pretty rough blow lately: knocked completely off of both Playboy’s and the Princeton Review’s list of “Top Party Schools” for 2010. It held proud top tens in both rankings as recently as 2008 (the best years correlating with the recent Boston sports championships and the subsequent, nation-scaring UNH Red Sox riots…), but the good old days might be on pause for the pride of the Granite State. Fortunately for you, the snowboarding will always remain the same.
The University of No Holidays (No Hope, etc) is conveniently located 1-2 hours from the best of NH’s snowboard areas. Daily park laps at Gunstock and Cranmore are a must, with carpools to Loon and Waterville leaving each morning. When it snows, the freeride terrain at Wildcat can rival the best in the country. The overall scene is fairly universal in its participation, but casual in its passion.
UNH is widely regarded as one of the top state colleges in the US academically, as well as one of the premier research destinations in the country. If you’re looking to shred on the regular, but are also interested in pursuing first-class research programs, wide study-abroad opportunities, big-name-school athletics and life on a pristine New England campus, take a good look at UNH.
Nearby Resorts: Gunstock (1 hour), Pats Peak (1 hour), Mount Sunapee (1.5 hours), Cranmore (1.5 hours), Loon Mountain (2 hours), Waterville Valley (2 hours), Wildcat (2 hours), Sunday River (2.5 hours)
Snowboard Club / Team: UNH Ski and Board Club
Extra Credit: Although no longer considered a “party school”, UNH somehow took second in the entire nation for “most beer consumed”. The seacoast region of New Hampshire also holds significance as one of the few places in the United States where you actually can skate, surf and snowboard, all in the same day.