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 2013, more than 250 Chicago Booth students and partners traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After a full first day of skiing and snowboarding, trip attendees enjoyed back-to-back themed parties—donning their “most radical attire,” as one first-year student stated in a January 2014 post on The Booth Experience blog, for an ’80s-themed happy hour before partying late into the night at a “Heaven and Hell” rave. Other activities on the 2013 trip included a flip cup tournament, a pub crawl, a grilled cheese bake-off, and a visit to a local hot spring. Students and partners who were not interested in skiing or snowboarding could take advantage of Steamboat Springs’ other offerings, such as bumper cars on ice, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. 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.

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