#5: McGill University
Montréal, QC, Canada
More a destination for the overachieving academic than the slacking snowbum, the “Canadian Harvard” also pretty much runs it for the Mapleleaf region. An epic city location, reliable annual snowfall and ridiculously loose partying laws await the school-dedicated shreds of McGill, with a surprisingly robust snowboard scene for that caliber of a university. Playboy Magazine’s #1 Party School in Canada lies surrounded by places to ride, with Jay Peak and Stowe just across the border, perennial heavy Mont Tremblant a short drive off and Saint-Sauveur (home of the Ride Shakedown) under 45 minutes away, to name a few. You might have to grow a dirt mustache, learn to hack in French and bust your ass in the classroom to make it happen here, but McGill is by far the ideal choice for Eastern Canada.
…And you can drink at 18.
Nearby Resorts: Mont Saint-Sauveur (45 mins), Ski Bromont (1 hour), Mont Sutton (1.5 hours), Mont Tremblant (1.5 hours), Whiteface (2 hours), Jay Peak (2 hours), Stowe (2.5 hours), Bolton Valley (2.5 hours), Le Relais (3 hours)
Snowboard Club / Team: The McGill Snowboard Club
Shred Alums: True story: Star Trek god (and Priceline stooge), William Shatner.
Extra Credit: Quebec holds the most active urban scene on the east – maybe all of North America – and Montréal just plain kills. Concordia, The University of Quebec and University of Montréal are a few other, possibly more attainable (read: your ass can actually get into) choices to experience this prime shred location.