When you think “skiing,” you probably think of the Alps or the Rockies. We are guessing that you do not think of Evanston, Illinois, home to Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Students at Kellogg may not do their skiing in Evanston proper, but a remarkable 750+ first- and second-year students participate in the school’s annual ski trip, which, according to students we interviewed, “remains the biggest of its kind. Like everything else at Kellogg, the trip is student run … from logistics to marketing to sponsorship. … First- and second-year students work together to make it an unforgettable weeklong adventure.” For the 2012 trip, participating students traveled to Steamboat Resort in Colorado, and the previous year’s destination was Telluride, Colorado, where students stayed in mountainside condos. Those who wish to ski can avail themselves of three-, four- or even five-day passes, while nonskiers can enjoy activities such as cooking classes, snowshoe lessons and spa treatments (at reduced prices). The evenings feature theme parties, such as an annual ’80s party.
“The entire event is a phenomenon,” remarked a second-year student. “It’s a great break for everyone … as first years blow off steam from their hectic initial quarter, while second years immerse themselves in their final ski trip.” Noting that all the spaces for the trip one year were claimed in just 20 minutes, a second year provided the following advice in a personal blog post: “You have to know you want to go and sign up early before the trip sells out, which happens every year.” A first year with whom we spoke expressed how impressed she was with Kellogg’s ski club for “planning the best week of business school for 800 people!” She added that Ski Trip is simply not to be missed: “It’s all of your closest friends, taking over a ski town for one full week with amazing parties and social activities (many of which are sponsored)!”
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