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    College Help: Fort Lewis College, Mesa State, Colorado State, and University of Utah

    I've finally narrowed down my college choices! I need help from anyone who has attended or is attending these schools. First and foremost, how's the MTB trails and the Snowboarding. I've pretty much picked schools based on location for riding, and if they have a decent business program that shows me how to run my own business. Also, could you guys give me any useful information on the schools(Pros/Cons, useful tips) that you went, or are going to.

    Appreciate the help!
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    school is a waste.

    Went to Ft. Lewis, now I go to the U of U. The biking and skiing are rad at both, maybe a touch radder in Utah. Durango is a way cooler town though. Ft Lewis is fairly worthless except for the area and the people. What do you want out of school? Education or experience. How long do you want to go to school? Most people take 6 years to graduate from Ft. Lewis. How often do you want to travel home? Flights out of Durango are usually $1000 or more. The difference between these two choices is huge. Good luck w/ your decision. By the way Fort Lewis Is soooo cheap. Your parents will dig that.

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    colorado State...Denver is close by for an airport. Boulder is great riding...Nedd I say more...Vail and Keystone
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    go to UCSB

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBinJammin
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    colorado State...Denver is close by for an airport. Boulder is great riding...Nedd I say more...Vail and Keystone
    Yea, Fort Collins (Colorado State) is a pretty good choice. Sure, you could go to a college up in the mountains like Fort Lewis, with great biking and skiing, but if you're like me, you'll go crazy because of the 6 month plus winter. CSU or CU have much better weather year round, and are only a couple hours from the resorts. The big schools will also have better academics.
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    u of u

    my plan is to go to u of u fall '05. great biking, skiing/snowboarding and climbing
    it's my 1st choice
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    UofU is the best of all the choices. You could be at school in the morning, up in the mountains boarding in the afternoon, and be home for a nite riding session in the winter. My reasoning:

    1) Utah does have the greatest snow on earth.
    2) The bike riding is great and almost at your door step, just minutes (not hours away). The same with the boarding where you don't have to travel at all.
    3) UofU has a killer business school too.
    4) Of all the schools listed UofU is the closest to Virgin, UT the site of RedBull Rampage.
    5) Go-ride.com's location. What better place to go to go see bike porn than at the shop. This shop is the king of all bike shops, all other bow to them.
    6) Airport is local, no driving to there. And International airport at that, so no $1000 tickets.
    7) "The cross road of the west"- not called that for no reason. Within 8hrs driving distance of JacksonHole, WY; Telluride, CO; Moab, UT; LasVegas, NV; Tahoe, NV.
    8) Local athletes: Ryan Nyquist(BMX), Leines Brothers(boarder), Jeremy Jones(boarder), JPWalker(boarder), Russ Morrell(mtb), Go-ride boys, Mike Wilson(mtb), Canfield Brother(mtb), Mark Frank Montoya(boarder), and more......
    9) Events past&future: Redbull Heavy Metal(board), Rampage, Redbull Huckfest(board), Norba Series, Redbull FreezeRide, and more.......
    10) The local scene is the best for both activities, you just have to know where to go.

    Or you can go to Fort Lewis for only one ligit reason I see (not confirmed even). Josh Bender will be there next summer building trails and stunts for one of the resorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
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    i kno but just wanted to put it out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by potatohead
    Went to Ft. Lewis, now I go to the U of U. The biking and skiing are rad at both, maybe a touch radder in Utah. Durango is a way cooler town though. Ft Lewis is fairly worthless except for the area and the people. What do you want out of school? Education or experience. How long do you want to go to school? Most people take 6 years to graduate from Ft. Lewis. How often do you want to travel home? Flights out of Durango are usually $1000 or more. The difference between these two choices is huge. Good luck w/ your decision. By the way Fort Lewis Is soooo cheap. Your parents will dig that.
    You can do it in four years. You can do it in less if you are willing to take summer classes. The major problem with Fort Lewis is that you have to know what you want to do, set up a plan, and stick with it the whole four years. Most people here change their majors 4 times, only take the minimum "full" course load of 12 hours, smoke so much pot they can't remember what day it is, let alone which class they should go to, etc.

    The biking is awesome. The FLC team has been in the top 2 for the last 5 years. Todd Wells, Matt Shriver, whasisname on the Fasso Bortolo (oh yeah - Tom Danielson) and many other elite riders go to / have gone to school here.

    The skiing is great when we have snow. Right now I'm looking out the window at 6" of fresh powder on campus, and around 3 feet at the resort. The last few years have sucked.

    FLC has a great small business administration program. check out http://soba.fortlewis.edu . Give them a call - they'll be thrilled to talk to you .

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    i went there for my freshman year, then transferred back to Califoria for the remainder because of the out of state tuition costs.

    FLC works on a year round tri-semester system meaning there are 3 "semsters instead of 2. The semesters go real fastand in comparison its noticably more intense then the traditional 2 semester a year system. The school being small you really need to apply, register and secure on campas housing as early as you can and do so each year. otherwise youll be introducing the prospect of higher lodging/food costs and hassles by living off campus. Because of the colleges location and all it really pays to live on campus. Also youll meet alot more people that way too. The campus has some amenities like a pub, 24/7 food service and events but keep in mind its small.

    Living in Durango was kinda fun. it moves pretty slow like any other small mountain town. While at the same time its a tourist town. You get the texan hunters in the fall, and skiers from everywhere after the 1st snowfall and before the last. The locals dont like tourists too much so keep you being from somwhere else low key. The weathers OK its colder that heck and snows a **** load in winter. In summer it will be cooking one minute and pissing the next. However Fall and Spring are real nice.

    IMO If you can get into a cal state university school id consider that instead of FLC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    i went there for my freshman year, then transferred back to Califoria for the remainder because of the out of state tuition costs.

    FLC works on a year round tri-semester system meaning there are 3 "semsters instead of 2. The semesters go real fastand in comparison its noticably more intense then the traditional 2 semester a year system. The school being small you really need to apply, register and secure on campas housing as early as you can and do so each year. otherwise youll be introducing the prospect of higher lodging/food costs and hassles by living off campus. Because of the colleges location and all it really pays to live on campus. Also youll meet alot more people that way too. The campus has some amenities like a pub, 24/7 food service and events but keep in mind its small.

    Living in Durango was kinda fun. it moves pretty slow like any other small mountain town. While at the same time its a tourist town. You get the texan hunters in the fall, and skiers from everywhere after the 1st snowfall and before the last. The locals dont like tourists too much so keep you being from somwhere else low key. The weathers OK its colder that heck and snows a **** load in winter. In summer it will be cooking one minute and pissing the next. However Fall and Spring are real nice.

    IMO If you can get into a cal state university school id consider that instead of FLC.
    Thanks for the help
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnar
    I've finally narrowed down my college choices! I need help from anyone who has attended or is attending these schools.
    I guess I'm the only Mesa Student here.

    And I would know, because Mesa is a small enough school, and the Grand Junction riding community is tight enough.

    Mesa is way cheap, has good facilities/professors, a good mtn bike team, and lets not forget prime trails a 15 minute ride from campus.

    Grand Junction is an azz-backwards redneck farm town, but we're getting better. We get our share of good shows, and have decent nightlife if you know where to look.

    Did I mention the trails? Cause our trails rule. I don't ski, but if I did I'd tell you that Powderhorn is 45 mins away, on our friendly 10,000 foot Grand Mesa. Which is a great place to hide out in the summer too.

    Anywho, Mesa ain't prestegious, but it's a good skool full of good folks.

    UofU is the best of all the choices.
    The problem with the U of Utah is that is in UTAH!

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    stay the hell outta my fort collins

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    Any University of Montana students here. I forgot to put that on the list.
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