It ain't easy being a full-time student chasing a degree while finding time to hunt pow and throw down hammers in the park at your local mountain. Heck, you'd be lucky to have a mountain close enough to call local, let alone close enough for more than the occasional weekend mission. That said, the schools competing in this year's Red Bull Bracket Reel Snow make it work. Just look at Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia, whose entire part exists sans snow.
These schools span the campuses of the nation from snow-healthy mountain towns like Boulder, Colorado, to the streets of LA, swapping helmets for thinking caps and exams for competition. They each have ski and snowboard teams, and we don't think they're getting the recognition they deserve.
So, we handpicked the best collegiate teams to compete in Red Bull Bracket Reel Snow, a one-of-a-kind project that pits them head-to-head against each other in a bracket-style snow film contest.
The winning team, based mostly on popular vote, must survive three rounds of viewer-based voting (that's you) to take the title of being the best, along with the bragging rights that come with it. The team with the most "likes" in each round advances until we crown a winner. Vote now right here, and check back each week to see who made the cut for the next round.
This year's field of teams is stacked, with last year's champs "Bozeman Sewer Mutants" of Montana State University returning with their game as tight as ever. Having claimed the title before, they're an obvious favorite. But, by the looks of the competiton, they'll have some hefty faceoffs along the way, each team more eager than the next to snatch the crown. Press play on the video above to check out their victory lap of a team trip to Alaska from last year.