We’ve hopped across the pond to check out if US MBAs love snow sports as much as their European counterparts. Surprise, surprise, it turns out they do, but it’s got to come with a dose of good partying!
We checked in with the Ski and Snowboard Club at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
. The club is extremely popular among students and now famous for organizing an unforgettable party headlined by 90’s rapper Coolio.
It turns out that at this club, you don’t have to be a skier or a snowboarder to join. Having a love for snow sports is great but they also welcome you with open arms if you just want to get involved with the social aspect!
The Ski and Snowboard Club organizes a number of trips throughout the year to the best ski locations in America, and if the chance to fraternize with Coolio doesn’t appeal to you, they also host scavenger hunts and competitive eating and drinking contests. But seriously, who doesn’t want to party with Coolio?!
Jaime Streem, one of the club’s Co-Chairs, talked to us about the Coolio party, skiing and snowboarding, studying at Chicago Booth and being part of an outrageously cool club!
Do you have to be a skier or a snowboarder to join?
We have people of all skill levels in our club, from the “never-evers” to the very advanced. Some people in our club do not even ski or snowboard at all: they just join for the social aspect!
How often do you guys go on snowy getaways?
We have three main trips throughout the school year: a week-long trip to the Rocky Mountains over winter break (Telluride in December 2012), we send a team to compete in the Tuck Winter Carnival
in February , and a long weekend trip back out west in the spring (Breckenridge in April 2013). We also have socials once per quarter back in Chicago.
How many members does the club have?
You become a member of the group once you attend one of the three trips mentioned above, so we have upwards of 300 members from the combined trips.
Apart from the Tuck Winter Carnival, what other challenges have you/will you be participating in?
We have two team competitions during our winter trip that always prove to be a highlight of the week: a Winter Carnival where teams of both first and second years dress up in costumes and compete in a variety of skiing/snowboarding events as well as competitive eating and drinking, and a photo scavenger hunt around the ski town we are in that week.