Higher Education: The Lonesome, Crowded West

A westward glance from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Photo: Ben Gavelda
A westward glance from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Photo: Ben Gavelda

Notable Mentions And Starter Schools
We listed the big ones, but there are plenty more little guys out there. Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington and California’s Bay Area are packed with schools. So are the other Western States. Below is a short list of additional schools near shredding.

Boise State University
Boise, Idaho

While not in the epicenter of shredding, Boise State has serious backcountry potential in the Sawtooth and Payette Mountains. Bogus Basin is just 20 miles away and Sun Valley is around a three hours’ drive, too.

Central Oregon Community College
Bend, Oregon

Deemed ‘cocc on the rock’ by locals, this Oregon State University offshoot is a shared venture between OSU and COCC that offers two and four-year programs. It’s in the eastern shade of the Cascade Mountains and bucks the coastal Oregon gloom, replacing it with sunshine, snow and Mount Bachelor.

Cerro Coso Community College
Mammoth Lakes, California

Here you will find quite possibly the most scenic dorms and a small student body almost solely there for the shredding-just like you.

Colorado Mountain College(s)
Aspen, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Dillon, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Steamboat Springs

Pick your poison here. CMC has two and four-year preparatory schools in any number of these mountain locations. Where else can you get a degree in snowboard resort management?

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado

‘Fort Leisure’ is isolated in the rugged San Juan Mountains and near Durango Mountain Resort, Silverton Mountain, Wolf Creek, Telluride and Crested Butte. It’s a full, four-year college with many notable programs.

Sierra Nevada College
Incline Village, Nevada

It can’t get any better than livin’ at the lake. It’s a killer option closer to Tahoe’s many resorts. Go if you have the loot to.

Truckee Meadows Community College
Reno, Nevada

TMCC is a great prep school that offers many programs where the University of Nevada, Reno fails to. The school offers many great online courses so you can learn after park laps.

Got a notable school close to legit shredding we should add? Leave a comment and explain to us why.