Downtown Salt Lake City. Photo: Andy Wright

Downtown Salt Lake City. Photo: Andy Wright

Higher Education: The Lonesome, Crowded West

The West is huge. It’s sprawling, virgin and rippled with mountains for thousands of miles. But its breadth can create a daunting task of pairing a post education with legitimate, local shredding. And we all know the life of a weekend warrior is rough. Some of the West’s best riding lays far from a population capable of supporting a worthwhile academic institution. The terrain is easy to lure you away from studies, and unfortunately, there are no degrees in pow or park that we know of (yet!).

So ask yourself, what are you seeking? If it’s just riding, then go! Ride. Explore. Be a bum! Then go to school later, when you’re serious about it. If you have the parental and scholarship backing, then milk it, and go where school meets snow. Take on both and go get a shr-education. A good place to start is here, with this TWS compiled list (in random order) of ride-ready universities and colleges of the West.