Beyond the MBA Classroom: Winter Fun at Chicago Booth

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Business school candidates who decide to attend Chicago Booth can look forward—with approximately 500 of their closest friends in the community (partners are invited as well)—to the school’s annual ski trip, which takes place over winter break. The trip shifts locations each year, but in December 2012, more than 200 Chicago Booth students and partners traveled to Telluride, Colorado. A 2012–2013 co-chair for the trip told mbaMission, “We kicked off the week with a ’90s theme party, which featured a private Coolio concert, and held other fun events, such as a scavenger hunt and ugly holiday sweater party.” In the spring of 2012, students also spent a long weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado, where the event’s co-chair claimed they “got in two to three days of powder skiing due to a late-season storm that came through.” Also, members of the Chicago Booth Ski and Snowboard Club participate in the annual Tuck Winter Carnival (at Dartmouth), for which many of the country’s top business schools send teams to compete in a ski race—though we learned the event tends to be more about beer than competition.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Chicago Booth and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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