B-School Traditions: Tuck Winter Carnival

B-School Traditions: Tuck Winter Carnival
From left, skiers Will Woodburn, Bryan Cory, Kate Cosgrove, Ellen Cory, Meri Carman and Craig Silverman
Photograph by Laura DeCapua

Each winter, Dartmouth MBA students like to remind the world that dressing up in gorilla costumes and 1980s-era ski gear is sometimes part of the B-school experience.

More than 200 MBA candidates from 15 business schools, including Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, Columbia Business School, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, arrived at the Tuck School of Business earlier this month for the 28th annual Tuck Winter Carnival. The carnival, typically held over a long weekend in February, is comprised of mini-competitions and activities such as pond hockey, a hot dog eating contest, and an ’80′s ski gear auction for charity. (This year’s auction raised $3,000.)

A full day of the carnival is devoted to ski races, which take place at Whaleback Mountain, near Dartmouth’s campus in Hanover, N.H. The more serious end of the racing spectrum includes students who have nearly qualified for the Olympics. At the other end are those who compete dressed as bananas.

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