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

Honorable Mention: Keene State

Keene, NH
www.keene.edu

Growing steadily in both scene and popularity over the last few years, Keene State College might be the most underrated snowboard school in all of New England. KSC boasts 6+ fairly stout park mountains within an hour’s drive, with local hill Granite Gorge just a few miles down the road. The heaviest of East Coast riding is just over 2 hours north, with both Boston (2 hours) and NYC (4 hours) a day-trip away. Add in a thriving urban/film scene within the city of Keene, several downtown rail jams throughout the winter and the ability to shred until 3 am at Crotched during peak-season, and Keene State is more than worthy of a second look.

Nearby Resorts: Granite Gorge (5 mins), Crotched Mountain (40 mins), Pats Peak (40 mins), Mount Snow (1 hour), Mount Sunapee (1 hour), Okemo (1 hour), Stratton (1.5 hours), Killington (1.5 hours)

Snowboard Club / Team: Keene State Ski and Snowboard Club

Shred Alums: The Buck 90 kids, Crispy Whips crew, and a certain “Red Bull Announcer, Snowboard Expert” and famed NH Buzzard…

Extra Credit: In addition to the massive annual Pumpkin Fest, Keene State gained international attention over the past two years for their fervent, widespread marijuana decriminalization protests. For those snowboarders more interested in preserving laws than breaking them, also check out Franklin Pierce University – quite possibly the only Law School in the country with a snowboard community.

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