Higher Education: The Lonesome, Crowded West

Dustin Craven Sunshine Mountain. Photo: Ashley Barker
Dustin Craven Sunshine Mountain. Photo: Ashley Barker

University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

TransWorld’s Art Attack used to call this place home. It gets cold, dark, and weird-a perfect brew for pouring time into arts and crafts. U of C is a comprehensive research university composed of nearly thirty thousand students with a campus footprint larger than Calgary’s entire downtown. Interpret ‘research’ how you want and if you’re headed there, do a little of your own and check the haps at Calgary Is Awesome. Notable shredders like Andrew Hardingham, Jed Anderson, Dustin Craven and TJ Schneider also came up here. If you pop in any shred flick from the last couple years, you’re bound to see the city’s urban shredding potential, too. You’ve seen Jed Anderson’s rail prowess-it all started here. While sunshine might be elusive during a winter in the Canadian Rockies, the plus side is that the mountains maintain a cold, dry climate and ensure light, fluffy pow. And you can get at loads of it with an epic weekend rally to Revelstoke, quite possibly the world’s one and only megaresort.

Nearest resort(s): Canada Olympic Park (10 miles), Nakiska (50 miles), Fortress Mountain Resort (74 miles), Norquay (80 miles), Sunshine Village (81 miles), Lake Louise (126 miles), Castle Mountain (160 miles), Kickinghorse (169 miles), Fernie (191 miles)

Website: ucalgary.ca

Snowboard club/team: U of C Snowboard Club