At 1 pm on Friday, February 24, Langone Sternies started rolling in to the graduate student lobby in the Kaufman Management Center in droves. This wasn’t a typical Friday, as these students weren’t hard at work at their desks. Instead, they were kicking off their weekends early and taking part in the annual Langone student ski trip! The Langone Student Government’s annual ski trip to Stratton, Vermont was designed by Langone students, for Langone students. As with most LSG events, the weekend away did not disappoint.
125 people participated and attended the ski trip. The majority of the group took the coach buses up, and the trip began as soon as we left West 4th Street. During the drive up to Stratton, we watched movies, played card games, and did some plain old chatting. We managed to make the time pass, and by 7 pm we were up in Vermont.
Langone students are masters of the “work hard, play hard” axiom, making the most of (and maximizing!) their daytime hours. The weekend in Vermont was no exception; each participant got to make the weekend away their own. The ski town surrounding Stratton is quaint, and we spent our Friday night exploring our surroundings. After a group pizza dinner, the group bar-hopped around the Stratton village. We ended the night at a local bar called Grizzly’s, where we sang karaoke until closing time.
On Saturday morning, everyone woke up at their own leisure. The skiing conditions were not optimal, as Stratton reached temperatures in the low 50s while we were there, but our group made the most of it. Some more seasoned skiiers opted to ski or snowboard independently, while the beginners took lessons with local instructors. Some folks, deterred by the relatively warm weather, decided to snow shoe and take in the scenery that way. Others (myself included) opted not to ski. Instead, some friends and I remained at the ski lodge, spending our day catching up, hanging out and eating the infamous nachos at Grizzly’s.
After a fun Saturday afternoon, the group reunited for some apres ski in the lodge spa and hot tub. After a few hours of forgetting how cold it was outside, we all headed to our hotel rooms to get ready for the big event of the weekend: the themed costume party. Nothing says business school like a good costume party, so every year, the Saturday night of ski trip has a fun theme. This year’s theme was 1980s, and the neon, spandex, and glow sticks were abundant. We all danced the night away with our most fashion forward 80’s attire at the local bar, Mulligan’s, listening to our favorite 80’s tunes.
The Sunday of ski trip was another jam-packed day, with more people waking up early to ski. By Sunday afternoon, the Langone crew packed up and got back on the coach buses for the trek south back to Manhattan. The LSG ski trip was the perfect way to get away for the weekend and make new connections, giving a new meaning to work-school-life balance.