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    BYU- a college to go to for FREERIDE?

    Hey guys, so I currently live in southern California, and am considering going to byu for college this summer. I am wondering if this is a smart place to go if I want to ride almost everyday...downhill and freeride...also are there any good dirt jumping spots?

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    If you are mormon, yes, if not, no... Really thats the more important question.

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    What are your other criteria for a place to go to school? If you just want to go somewhere with good, close riding there are better options out there. Western Washington would be a damn good one, as would UBC. However, if you are Mormon/can pretend to be Mormon and want to get hitched this summer, BYU would be a solid option. Seriously, of the four kids I know who went there, three got married while in school.
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    I went to BYU and use to work at a shop in Provo and rode a lot in Utah. You are about 45 min away from Dear Valley, you have a lot of fun riding only 15-30 min away, but I don't think the closest resort (sundance) lets you ride (I left several years ago). You are only a few hrs from Moab, but I am not sure if that provides your DH needs either.

    That area of Utah is incredible, but I think strictly for DH/Freeride, you will have to drive a little ways away.

    Are you Mormon? If not, plan on obeying a bunch of rules, it isn't a typical college "party" life. I grew up here in Socal and grew up racing BMX, riding MX and surfing (my first love). My outlet from not surfing in Utah was mountain biking. It is a really awesome place to ride, but don't tell everyone, let them all keep going to Colorado and other trendy places

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    Quote Originally Posted by powder
    Hey guys, so I currently live in southern California, and am considering going to byu for college this summer. I am wondering if this is a smart place to go if I want to ride almost everyday...downhill and freeride...also are there any good dirt jumping spots?
    agreed. you'd be insane to go there if you arent mormon or trying to play D1 football and no one else is offering a scholly.

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    BYU is a great school, yes the standards are high but so is the level of education. I hit up a semester there a while back and had a great time, it really comes down to having a positive and respectful attitude. Notre Dame is on a similar level as BYU in terms of standards to just name one of the many other like minded schools around. There is a lot of good riding near Provo but you're going to have to drive an average of thirty minutes to get to any of it.
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    ha, i live in provo, and used to goto byu. i'm not married...but it's hella cheap during the summer, yes there's high standards, but guess what, if you don't want to live by them, then as long as your careful, noone will know. as far as riding, there's squaw peak dh, 3 dj spots within riding distance(if you know the right people there's some secret spots), sundance is 20 min away, deer valley 45 min, park city dj's, i-street, draper dh, alpine dj, bennie creek dh, eagle mountain, and then some random other dh/freeride/am trails around. it'll be better next year too when some of the spots we're building are better. i like provo. it gets better and better every year

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    Humboldt State, Sonoma State, Cal Poly SLO, UC Santa Barbera, UC Santa Cruz, Chico State... Those are what I can think of in CA that have great DH spots (you will have to look for them in Humboldt but you will be very well rewarded.

    Look into colleges in Oregon. I know there's a college in the Salem area which is roughly 40 minutes from Black Rock. Eugene has a college and ahs some freeride and dh stuff there too supposedly.

    Colorado is excllent for riding. Just purely excellent.

    Gotta think about how much you want to ride and how seasonally you want to ride. UT would be a great choice if you like snowy cold winters and a short riding season. CA however gives you year round riding for the most part. And if you're a religious guy I'm sure there's options in CA too.

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    Being a mountain biker and picking a school that has good riding is not like being a basketball player and picking a school that has a good basketball program.

    Don't pick a school based on riding. Pick a school on programs offered and the quality of those programs. I go to school in one of the flattest areas on the east coast. If I need to get my mountain on, I drive an hour or so, no big deal. The idea is that you don't have time to ride, what your major is sort of depends on whether or not that holds up. But your interests will change inevitably too, would be a shame if you took on a school that didn't offer exactly what you wanted but was only an hour from Whistler but then you got hurt or got out of riding and you were stuck...

    If you find a school that has everything you want/need and there happens to be sick trails there, do it.

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    I would go to Washinton or Oregon, Washington would give you the best access to BC also. If you can afford it UBC would be the perfect option
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    University of Utah is the best. Access all in the foothills, closer to the resorts, I street, bobbysleigh(not actual trail name but w/e) and wayyyy less mormon. Still is a bit mormon but much hotter girls and more fun, more partying and biking and skiing and all

    and better football
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    + 1 for UCSB, better weather, good trails(once they reopen),& Cal Poly

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    lets see no girls in your bedroom
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    3 hours south is Bryan head resort...the best resort in Utah....deer Valley sucks....it is built for XC'ers. Turns are meant to go slower.

    the championship DH run is tough but you have to push up to it(sucks)
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    How about University of Nevada, Reno? You have N* and bunch of other spots. Good weather. Day trips to Mammoth. Gambling too.

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    just pretend to act mormen, you should be able to score on lots of mormen chicks (as there are more chicks than guys)

    sorry to offend folks, but the founder of mormen realigion was a nut job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator Z
    + 1 for UCSB, better weather, good trails(once they reopen),& Cal Poly
    wUrd. I basically picked this place for grad school based on the riding. Can't go wrong with year round 2.5k vert shuttles! And reasonable driving distance to all the world class trails in and around LA/Ventura/Slo counties.

    What do you mean "once they re open"? There's 1 trail that's closed. 3 other shuttle trails in great shape, and tons of fireroad climbs that lead to epic single track, all of those open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    just pretend to act mormen, you should be able to score on lots of mormen chicks (as there are more chicks than guys)

    sorry to offend folks, but the founder of mormen realigion was a nut job.
    Founders of most religions are nut jobs...

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    Bootleg Canyon is about 15 minutes away from UNLV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    sorry to offend folks, but the founder of mormen realigion was a nut job.
    ahhh did you know him??? that's so rad! oh yeah...good job on spelling mormon and religion. you're a real winner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker662
    Founders of most religions are nut jobs...

    religions are most nut jobs
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    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    just pretend to act mormen, you should be able to score on lots of mormen chicks (as there are more chicks than guys)

    sorry to offend folks, but the founder of mormen realigion was a nut job.

    Your spelling is the only thing offensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErrantGorgon
    Your spelling is the only thing offensive.
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    Would never choose a school just because of how good the biking is near by.

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    Appalachian State has about 2 dozen long shuttleable DH trails within 30 minutes of town, amazing climbing, amazing town, and great vibe. Ten thumbs way up if I had em'.

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    I agree.

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    Would never choose a school just because of how good the biking is near by.
    Good biking has compromised my learning experience for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmpearson
    ahhh did you know him??? that's so rad!
    To be fair, I didn't personally know Jim Jones but I can form an educated opinion about his mental state. Then again, maybe Joey really was visited by angels..
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    Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Fun pedaling freeride, shuttling DH, and Whistler/Squamish/North Van aren't too long a drive. Fairly long riding season too.
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    Dude, honestly BYU is only good for you if you're Mormon, about to be one, or want to experience what socialism/communism is like. Basically there is no freedom of choice for shat. You are not smart enough to make your own decisions, they will be made for you. Oh, if you are blond blue eyed, you'll fit right in, anything else and you're an outsider, if you're black, forget about it.

    Been there long enouh to tell you this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountains
    To be fair, I didn't personally know Jim Jones but I can form an educated opinion about his mental state. Then again, maybe Joey really was visited by angels..
    It takes a lot of effort to make yourself look like more of an idiot than dft. He must be quite a scholar of "realigion" and "Mormens." In trying to correct him you managed the one up. Jim Jones led the cult from the Jonestown Massacre. John Smith is the founder of the LDS. The LDS doesn't appeal to me at all. That said, your religious beliefs probably sound totally ridiculous to a solid majority of the world. Now quit the religious hatred and move on. You inevitably sound like an idiot when you make cheap cracks at other's beliefs.

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    There has actually been a longer and much better non troll infested thread on this.

    FORT LEWIS in Durango CO is probably one of the most winning MTB teams in the history of collegiate mountain biking. Its no wonder, there are trails literately starting from the campus. Winter in Durango is long and harsh, great skiing thought. Northern Arizona University is pretty rad for trails as well, that's where I went. Also has a harsh winter but its only 1 hour away from the desert heat.
    For year round or nearly year round free ride action Grand Junction Colorado has mesa state college. Nearly every major freeride film in the last 4 years has grand junction featured at some point.

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    You should go to MIT if you're really smart and like the technical side of bikes.
    You should go to Harvard if your just plain smart... then you can afford any bike... after you pay for school.
    You should got to Stanford if you're a wanna be Harvard scholar but want the west cost thing.
    You should go to Cal Berk if you're really liberal and like wolf bush.
    You should go to USC if you like bikini's and surf.
    You should go to Quaker State if you bake.
    You should go to Morris College if you hate whitey.
    You should go to U Colorado Boulder if you like snow biking.
    You should go to ASU, UCLA, FSU if you're looking to do Playboy covers... or Playgirl.
    You should go to Notre Dame if you're Catholic.
    You should go to (enter your BCS or over rated VickyD top-10 pre-season school of choice) if you are a jock.
    You should go to (enter your armed forces school of choice) if you hate Muslims and want to do a tour of duty, but don't want to be the person in combat (officer).
    You should go to U of Nebraska if you like flat riding.
    Definitely go to BYU if you're 100% died in the wool Mermen... love rules... want more than one wife... believe in such things as angels... and hate gays.

    Any other absurd stereo types you want to add to the list?

    FYI- I am 100% died in the wool Mermen, BYU grad, non-white.
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    Good riding at any of the ones in BC

    UBC is actually probably worse. It is a fair distance from campus to the North Shore.
    SFU has decent riding on campus (It is built on top of a mountain)
    UVIC is a great school and the Dump has a good selection of trails
    TRU (In Kamloops where I live) is an OK school and there is a ton of trails but there also is winter which means that from December to March the trail riding is limited or non-existent.

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    If the riding in Utah is what you are after there are other good schools here.

    If it were me I would pick something north west. For riding, I have a blast with riding here in Utah but our dirt sucks compared to the NW

    I dont know if you need some specific schooling as to where you go being critical in your placement after. If its not a biggie pick someplace fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun514
    University of Utah is the best. Access all in the foothills, closer to the resorts, I street, bobbysleigh(not actual trail name but w/e) and wayyyy less mormon. Still is a bit mormon but much hotter girls and more fun, more partying and biking and skiing and all
    My friend is a freshman there and he seems to love it, lots of riding etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Fun pedaling freeride, shuttling DH, and Whistler/Squamish/North Van aren't too long a drive. Fairly long riding season too.
    Don't know too much about the school, you gotta research that yourself, but Bellingham is a great town, the riding there (Galbraith Mtn, etc) ROCKS, and it also puts you close to BC and Whistler, and Steven's Pass (closer to Seattle) is going to have ski-lift serviced DH as soon as they work thru all the forest service red-tape. Plus, I'd take Bellingham hippies over Utah mormons anyday. You could even try applying for a job with Transition Bikes...

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    Want a year-round moderate climate with amazing riding, skiing, climbing, whitewater, and backpacking with great teachers and a very chill small town that revolves around the school? Appalachian State. Brevard, NC. Look it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde
    It takes a lot of effort to make yourself look like more of an idiot than dft. He must be quite a scholar of "realigion" and "Mormens." In trying to correct him you managed the one up. Jim Jones led the cult from the Jonestown Massacre. John Smith is the founder of the LDS. The LDS doesn't appeal to me at all. That said, your religious beliefs probably sound totally ridiculous to a solid majority of the world. Now quit the religious hatred and move on. You inevitably sound like an idiot when you make cheap cracks at other's beliefs.
    Oh snap bro! I actually know who both those people are and I wasn't correcting dft. Not sure where your confusion came from, but I would suggest not taking everything you read on the internet so seriously..
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyrm
    You should go to MIT if you're really smart and like the technical side of bikes.
    You should go to Harvard if your just plain smart... then you can afford any bike... after you pay for school.
    You should got to Stanford if you're a wanna be Harvard scholar but want the west cost thing.
    You should go to Cal Berk if you're really liberal and like wolf bush.
    You should go to USC if you like bikini's and surf.
    You should go to Quaker State if you bake.
    You should go to Morris College if you hate whitey.
    You should go to U Colorado Boulder if you like snow biking.
    You should go to ASU, UCLA, FSU if you're looking to do Playboy covers... or Playgirl.
    You should go to Notre Dame if you're Catholic.
    You should go to (enter your BCS or over rated VickyD top-10 pre-season school of choice) if you are a jock.
    You should go to (enter your armed forces school of choice) if you hate Muslims and want to do a tour of duty, but don't want to be the person in combat (officer).
    You should go to U of Nebraska if you like flat riding.
    Definitely go to BYU if you're 100% died in the wool Mermen... love rules... want more than one wife... believe in such things as angels... and hate gays.

    Any other absurd stereo types you want to add to the list?

    FYI- I am 100% died in the wool Mermen, BYU grad, non-white.

    lol. only go to BYU if you are an official cult member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde
    Want a year-round moderate climate with amazing riding, skiing, climbing, whitewater, and backpacking with great teachers and a very chill small town that revolves around the school? Appalachian State. Brevard, NC. Look it up.

    thats a pretty good suggestion. lots of places with good trails in the midsouth and midatlantic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde
    It takes a lot of effort to make yourself look like more of an idiot than dft. He must be quite a scholar of "realigion" and "Mormens." In trying to correct him you managed the one up. Jim Jones led the cult from the Jonestown Massacre. John Smith is the founder of the LDS. The LDS doesn't appeal to me at all. That said, your religious beliefs probably sound totally ridiculous to a solid majority of the world. Now quit the religious hatred and move on. You inevitably sound like an idiot when you make cheap cracks at other's beliefs.

    Oh wait, now I see why you're confused. John Smith = Jamestown/Pocahontas/VA Colony, JOSEPH (i.e. Joey) Smith = founder of LDS. Oh the irony..

    Back on track, that App State suggestion was legit. Boone's a cool town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Fun pedaling freeride, shuttling DH, and Whistler/Squamish/North Van aren't too long a drive. Fairly long riding season too.
    This.

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    Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

    Check out Bike mag for recent articles on this place. Lift access DH, great trails, great stunts, check out Pinkbike.com's photo section for more info as well. Gotta like winter though Second snowiest city in the lower 48 (google that too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun514
    University of Utah is the best. Access all in the foothills, closer to the resorts, I street, bobbysleigh(not actual trail name but w/e) and wayyyy less mormon. Still is a bit mormon but much hotter girls and more fun, more partying and biking and skiing and all

    and better football
    LOL, ya, whatever, we will see next week.

    UU would probably be better if you aren't mormon, but a BIG problem is that it is a commuter school, meaning most of the people that go there, LIVE at home with mommy and daddy. It isn't a destination college where people "go away" to go to school. I have some friends there, athletes, and they HATE it. Everyone goes home over the weekends to hang out with mommy and daddy and all their high school friends.

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    Forget about US and go to europe. Plenty of big cities close to some great tracks. In Maribor I think you can go by bus to the base of the lift. Quite usefull
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    Quote Originally Posted by MqtRider
    Check out Bike mag for recent articles on this place. Lift access DH, great trails, great stunts, check out Pinkbike.com's photo section for more info as well. Gotta like winter though Second snowiest city in the lower 48 (google that too).
    LOL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde
    Want a year-round moderate climate with amazing riding, skiing, climbing, whitewater, and backpacking with great teachers and a very chill small town that revolves around the school? Appalachian State. Brevard, NC. Look it up.

    Meh. Humboldt State in Arcata Ca. is basically the same. Town population is roughly 14,000. Student population is roughly 7,500. There is a redwood forest literally two feet behind campus with decent xc riding. There are 10-12 mile dh trails back in the woods and plenty more just 45 mintues away. World class rock climbing is anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 mintues away depending on if you want to boulder on the beach or climb 200 foot limestone crags. Good surfing, great food (mostly organic) and beer. Snow is 45 minutes east in the mountains (no ski resorts but you CAN do car shuttle runs for boarding or skiing). Some of the nicest and wierdest people you'll ever meet.

    And there really isn't any better place for the green stuff, nor is it any more abundent

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    Pick your school based on your degree and the strength of their program. Then make the best of whatever riding you can find.

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    Do what everyone does who goes to CU Boulder. Come from out of state and go there for the snowboarding/hiking/climbing/biking and have no idea if they have a good program for what you need.

    Wait, nevermind. Stay out of CO, it sucks here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun514
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