I see what you're saying, and you are right, but I'm from Colorado and we definitely, definitely don't consider ourselves straight up west coast. Most people around here would (incorrectly) say we are Midwest. And just FYI, there is tons
of prairie here (bleh!). Corn fields too (yum!).
But your clarification of terms is still good news for Morsetlis who seems to favor the Midwest but thought that there were no med schools in the Midwest. And if you are into snowboarding or skiing, U of C is a great place to be...Vail, Breck, Keystone, Copper, WinterPark and Mary Jane, Aspen and Snowmass, Telluride, Durango, Crested Butte, A Basin (!!!!)...just to name a few. Plus Utah's goodness isn't at all far away.
The winters are are good. And the summers here are great.