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Forget Academics. How's Your Outdoor Life?

Looking for a college with great outdoor sports facilities? Sports Afield magazine lists the top 10 colleges for outdoor recreation. A look at the magazine's findings:

* Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison is named the best school for alpine skiing.

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* For great paddle sports, Boise State University in Idaho is No. 1.

* Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., is the best pick for mountain bikers.

* For honing your talents in shooting sports, try Purdue University in West Layfayette, Ind.

* For cross-country skiers, the best bet is the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

* Montana State University in Billings is the place to catch great fly-fishing opportunities.

* For backpacking buffs, head to Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

* Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, is the place to go for great bass fishing.

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* For rock climbers, check out Prescott College in Prescott Ariz.

* And for the all-around outdoor enthusiast, the University of Oregon in Eugene is top-notch.

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