Higher Education: The Lonesome, Crowded West

Jeremy Jones with a hefty leap in the SLC suburbs. Photo: Andy Wright
Jeremy Jones with a hefty leap in the SLC suburbs. Photo: Andy Wright

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

U of U lays in the belly the shred beast that is Salt Lake City. The university offers a full run of programs and the state’s only accredited architecture program and medical school. Education aside, there’s no wonder why pro after pro decide to call this city home. A quick jet up Cottonwood Canyon leaves you at the base of some of the best riding in the country with some of the lightest, driest powder you can find. Snowbird gets hammered and if you ride there on a pow day and you’ll be sharing the tram with anyone from MFM and Aaron Biittner to an old school loc’ like Kurt Wastell. Just over the ridge is the jib playground of Brighton, where you can hone your early season jib skills and rip under the lights after class. Just a little further and you’ll hit the world-class parks and pipes of Park City. But don’t sleep on the less frequented resorts. The Canyons, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain can and will surprise you. That’s only half of the equation because as any well-versed snowboarder knows, Salt Lake is famed for its street riding just as much as its resorts. Street riding sprouted from the rails and the city’s urban interface. It continues to shine year after year, video part upon video part.

Nearest resort(s): Snowbird (20 miles), Solitude (23 miles), Brighton (25 miles), The Canyons (25 miles), Park City (28 miles), Snow Basin (47 miles), Powder Mountain (54 miles)

Website: utah.edu

Snowboard club/team: One Love Snowboard Club