The ones I would look at: (stars= how good the opportunties are for your extracurricular activities
****a dozen California programs
Lots of good rivers and mountains in California, esp if you are in the eastern part of the state!
You know the pros and cons of denver!
Okay, so there's not so much in the way of boating or snowboarding there, but I LOVE savannah
My grandma lived there when I was a kid and it's a great town. mellow, slow paced, and friendly people. Lots of rivers on the other side of the state if you're willing to drive
snow and rivers
But be aware all snow on the east is really ice. If it's not on the powder days, it will be in a day or 2. may not be as bad up that far north though, never been skiing there.
**Rochester, New York
**Valhalla, New York
Dunno where valhalla is, but Rochester is close enough to the adirondacks that you can get some good rivers and mountains. See above for snow conditions though!
**Durham, North Carolina
**Winston-Salem, North Carolina
these are central north carolina, a couple of hours from the mtns, a couple of hrs from the ocean. I love north carolina. be prepared for 100% man-made snow if you snowboard there though! There are good rivers in the western part of the state.
Only passed through but I hear there's year-round boating and long ski seasons too!
*A bunch of Pennsylvania programs
Rivers and mountains, man-made icy snow though. the poconos are where to find most of the ski resorts. Lower, middle, and upper yough are south of pittsburgh, cheat and tygart are a bit further south in north west VA. Lehigh and Delaware are class 2/3 in the eastern part of the state.
See comments for maine. plus killington is nearby I think.
See comments for oregon!
***Morgantown, West Virginia
mountains, rivers galore. Icy snow though! New, gauley, cheat, tygart, and all sections of the yough as well as the shenandoah and potomac too!
Hope that helps!