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Montana State named one of five best colleges for skiers in Mountain West

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BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Love skiing? You might just belong at Montana State. 

POWDER Magazine has named MSU one of top five colleges for skiers in the Mountain West. 

According to the magazine, MSU was chosen because you can "find that perfect balance between getting to ski and earning your degree."

The article also touted Montana State's easy access to Bridger Bowl Ski Area and Big Sky Resort, plus its snow science program. 

Here's an excerpt:

If you like your goggle tan with a side of cowboy boots, pack your bags for Bozeman, Montana. With easy access to Bridger Bowl and Big Sky, it's easy to see why many professors abide by the "10-inch rule," i.e. no class on a powder day.

That said, for those students that want to turn being in the snow into a career, MSU's snow science program is second to none. "I originally had no desire to go to college. I wanted to be outside skiing during the winter, not confined to a classroom. Then I found the snow science program at MSU," says current student McKinley Talty. "I never thought I’d be breaking in a skin track at 6 am for schoolwork."

Not your easy-A ski bum degree, MSU's snow science program dives heavily into the interactions between skiers and the snow they recreate in, focusing on backcountry education and avalanche research, perfect for those who want to replace their post-graduation cubicle with a massive expanse of backcountry terrain.

Also on the list? The University of Utah, Western State Colorado University, University of Nevada Reno, and Idaho State University.

 

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