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Does Boulder have good freeriding? How far from Ft. Collins (csu) to and DH/FR. I have family in Ft. Collins and I do not believe there is much access nearby. Any ideas? Thanks
 

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I am planning on moving out west to go to school next year, I am studying business administration. I want to move to a place were I can ride my bike most everyday during the summer/fall and snowboard during the winter. There are many places for snowboarding in CO, so my main concern is dope FR/DH lift access near a college. I have been looking at Durango and Fort Lewis, which is near plenty of riding. The only thing is that I do not want to spend $28,000 on out of state tuition at a liberal art college when I am getting a business degree. Any suggestions? I am most definitely moving to CO, family, friends and the way of life. I will move to BC after a few years and school, most likely. I want really good riding near a good school. I know CSU is a good business school, but does Boulder have any riding. I want downhilling, I don't need xc. Any feedback will help, Thanks in advance.
 

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i go to the university of denver, and there is some great riding within 20 min of campus. there is even some great urban stuff too. morrison, colorado (red rocks ampitheater etc.) has some sick riding, not necesarrily downhill, but close to it. also, all the ski resorts on I-70 are open in the summer for bomb ass dh. going to CU and CSU you may be closer to the mountains, but yet probably furhter away from the top notch places to ride in CO.
 

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go to the Rams.....Keystone and vail are right their
 

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All schools will be expensive...

Out of state will reem you dry at CU or CSU. I recently graduated from CSU and really like the town and school. As for DH/FR there isn't much nearby. It's all 30-60 minutes drive for good, legal shuttles. No lifts for a couple hours drive. CU puts you near more riding and about 45-60 minutes drive to major resorts. Not sure about nearby DH/FR to CU though. It takes about an hour to get between CU and CSU if the traffic is good. Less if you speed. Colorado is a killer place to live and go to school. You would have a blast at either school. Take you pick of which one will take all your money.
 

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Go surf the Front Range board, lots of fellows over there would have some insight. As far as good resorts in the summer, you're looking at at least a good half hour to couple hours drives if you stick on the northern part of the state. There's School of Mines in Golden, that'd put you probably 30minutes to an hour away from resorts (ranging from WinterPark to Keystone to Vail, etc...), of course CU which is probably a good 20-30minute drive beyond Golden. There's just about always going to be a fairly decent freeride or urban scene around the schools, even if it's just riding on the campus. Boulder has all sorts of dirtjumps and Golden's got some cool trails nearby.

You are going to get a$$ raped in tuition though unless you have scholarship type things, which shouldn't be that hard to find. I mean hell, I'm from the front range (Colorado Springs) and I can get to just about half the resorts within Colorado within a three hour drive, most of them less. Denver would be even more central as far as easy access but having lots of opportunities. Denver's about 1.5 hours from Keystone, about 2 from Vail, yadda yadda.

Any more questions just let me know mate.
 

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I am planning on moving out west to go to school next year, I am studying business administration. I want to move to a place were I can ride my bike most everyday during the summer/fall and snowboard during the winter. There are many places for snowboarding in CO, so my main concern is dope FR/DH lift access near a college. I have been looking at Durango and Fort Lewis, which is near plenty of riding. The only thing is that I do not want to spend $28,000 on out of state tuition at a liberal art college when I am getting a business degree. Any suggestions? I am most definitely moving to CO, family, friends and the way of life. I will move to BC after a few years and school, most likely. I want really good riding near a good school. I know CSU is a good business school, but does Boulder have any riding. I want downhilling, I don't need xc. Any feedback will help, Thanks in advance.
Ft. Lewis is easily the best in terms of being close to excellent freeride and DH type riding...hell silverton is only an hour away. Though if you're worrired about paying 28k in tuition then you're going to be in for a not-so-pleasant surprise as that is on the lower end of out-of-state tuition costs for colorado schools. Riding in boulder is limited to several very good jump spots...this proves not to be a problem as freeridish resorts such as keystone reside just under 2 hours away...not to mention their business school beats the living crap out of anything at ft. lewis....I will actually be attending their engineering school next fall, so if you've got some more specific questions let me know. CSU has some good shuttle runs and DJ spots and is probably your best bet for good biz school/good riding...however ft. collins is a bit out of the way for many of the MSC races and also a trip to keystone or WP for some freeridish fun. School of mines is probably the best school in the state and similarly is closest to the resorts and lake arbor(best jump spot in the state), but you have to be of an overachieving geeky mindset to make it there.

anyway, hope that helps,

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I am planning on moving out west to go to school next year, I am studying business administration. I want to move to a place were I can ride my bike most everyday during the summer/fall and snowboard during the winter. There are many places for snowboarding in CO, so my main concern is dope FR/DH lift access near a college. I have been looking at Durango and Fort Lewis, which is near plenty of riding. The only thing is that I do not want to spend $28,000 on out of state tuition at a liberal art college when I am getting a business degree. Any suggestions? I am most definitely moving to CO, family, friends and the way of life. I will move to BC after a few years and school, most likely. I want really good riding near a good school. I know CSU is a good business school, but does Boulder have any riding. I want downhilling, I don't need xc. Any feedback will help, Thanks in advance.
As for the tuition, you might be able to work in-state tuition through your family in FT Fun. As for wanting ONLY lift served riding: unless you live in Summit County, you'll probably be riding trails during the week and lifts on the weekend. There are some great rides around Ft Collins (where I went to school and studied Business too) and unlike Boulder you can actually ride to some of the trails from in town.

If you are really serious about being the best and most active rider you can be, I would choose the Gunnison valley and go to Wasted, err Western State. The rides up there are epic: from 16 mile DH shuttle rides off the Monarch crest to Moab style desert rides at Hartmans. The best riders I've ever seen live up there, and they are some good people too.
 

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Western State - definitely a good option. There are great dirt jumps at Hartman's (only 3 miles out of town), along with great riding on Monarch Pass. Good lift served riding isn't that far away - 2.5 hours to Keystone, about the same to Silverton. Plus, GJ/Fruita is only 2.5 hours away, and Moab is 4.5. Crested Butte is only 30min away - awesome skiing. Good luck choosing a school.
 

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move to bolder all the riding you want pluse in the winter its sick.1 hour drive and your there. i lived in dillion vally and work at keystone it is sick in the summer some sick hidden spots to freeride down hill and some big dirt jumps. the winter all the skiing or snowboarding you want check it out. :D
 

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the colorado scene is finally starting to take off and gain some good momentum.

Keystone is less than an hour from denver and vail is an hour and a half. Dont listen to tony(comtb) he lives in colorado springs and isnt allowed to drive out of his neighborhood.

Also the Mountain states cup(msc) series rocks. Being able to travel all over colorado, race/fr the sickest mtns. Cant beat that

Ft lewis seems to be the best mtn biking college around. Boulder (CU) is pretty good too but if i read it correctly ft lewis has more championships under their belt.

Come check out the front range forum. We post up rides all the time. Anywhere from xc to dh to fr to durban.
 
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