Johnnie Paxson after hours half cab at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl. Photo: Darcy Bacha

Johnnie Paxson after hours half cab at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl. Photo: Darcy Bacha

Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

Picking one school in Portland really is not fair. The place is packed with institutions of higher learning-from artsy design schools like the Art Institute of Portland and Pacific Northwest College of Art, to private schools like Lewis and Clark and Concordia University. Portland State takes the cake by boasting the largest student body in the state with a center near the heart of downtown. That’s not all from “The City of Roses” because year round shredding sits little over an hour away. Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl and Timberline are the three main resorts that rest on the stratovolcano that is Mount Hood. You’ll find wind lips galore, park booters and heavy pow droppings on the iconic cinder cone. When spring semester wraps you can easily stay for summer and rip the public park at Timberline or drop into a summer session at Windell’s or HCSC. A progressive city with cheap living, fresh culture and notable skating, how could you go wrong?

Nearest resort(s): Mount Hood Skibowl (52 miles), Timberline (59 miles), Mount Hood Meadows (64 miles), Mount Bachelor (180 miles)

Website: pdx.edu

Snowboard club/team: PSU Snowboard Club