ESPN ranks SNC as one of the 10 best colleges in the U.S. for people who live to ski

Best colleges for skiers

By Griffin Post and Megan Michelson

Whether you're getting ready to apply to college or you feel like reliving the good ol' days when all you had to do was read books and go skiing, we've put together a list of our picks for the best colleges in the U.S. for people who live to ski. In compiling this list, we did not take into account academic stature, professor-to-student ratio or the quality of the food in the cafeteria. All we looked at was which universities have the best access to good skiing and a community of people who share that same passion.

Introducing our list of the best colleges in the U.S. for skiers. Up first: A lot of ski bums end up in the Tahoe area after college. But why not actually go to college in Tahoe? Sierra Nevada College is located on the north end of the lake.

Sierra Nevada College
Lake Tahoe's Sierra Nevada College, located in Incline Village, Nev., offers a one-of-a-kind ski business and resort management program, which allows students to earn a business administration degree with a focus in ski area management. "We have a master-planning course where students actually design their own ski resort," says Tim Cohee, director of the program. "We give them a budget, a certain size parameter and they have to build to a certain capacity per day." All that, and the school has easy access to more than a dozen ski areas — including nearby Diamond Peak, Northstar, Mount Rose, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

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