By Alessandra Bianchi, May 2011
Published May 02, 2011
Stephen L. Waterhouse D'65, T'67 has spent the last few years telling the story of Dartmouth's connection to skiing, first with his book, Passion for Skiing, published last year, and an upcoming documentary on the same subject. Both explore what Waterhouse calls "Dartmouth's amazing contribution," not only to the sport but to the ski industry as a whole.
"This includes things no one thinks about, like staging the nation's first ski races and designing ski lifts. No other institution in this country has played that kind of role," notes Waterhouse.
So it's only fitting that approximately 130 Dartmouth alumni—half from Tuck—would descend upon Vail, Colo., in February to indulge their love of skiing and their alma mater at the seventh-annual CarniVAIL alumni event.
The three-day weekend is designed as a grown-up version of Dartmouth Winter Carnival, with Vail Mountain and the Sonnenalp Resort in Vail Village standing in for the Skiway and Hanover. "The weekend is dedicated to great skiing, with fun dinners and cocktail conversations, but there's also an intellectual and educational component that Tuck brings to the occasion," says Waterhouse, one of the event's original organizers. Waterhouse had been holding annual minireunions at Vail for his Tuck classmates and others connected to Dartmouth not long after purchasing a home there in 1998. In 2004, Ethan Martin T'05 was searching for a networking opportunity in the Denver area for students and alumni. Combining forces with Waterhouse's event only made sense. Both are quick to share credit for the event's success with Dave Celone, Tuck's director of development and annual giving, who embraced the original idea and provides considerable logistical support each year.
"There aren't a lot of traditional MBA employers in Denver, but there is a huge network of Tuckies who love to ski and who want to mentor," says Martin. "There are all sorts of opportunities in Colorado if you're willing to be creative and entrepreneurial," he says. CarniVAIL, which brings together alumni of all ages from all over the world, as well as current Tuck students, is the perfect venue to foster the cross-pollination of ideas and experience.
Noreen Doyle T'74, a Tuck overseer, makes the trek from London each year and finds the intergenerational aspect of the event particularly inspiring. "I thought I had about five good years of skiing left in me, but seeing 80-year-old alums still going strong completely changed my outlook. They epitomize that true Dartmouth spirit."
Off the slopes, attendees enjoyed a memorable series of speakers. On Saturday morning, guests wore their ski gear to breakfast to hear Tuck visiting professor Robert Howell's take on "Where to Invest in Today's Ever-Changing Financial Climate." That day's après ski program featured a slopeside chat with Dean Paul Danos and Albert G. Mulley D'70, director of the new Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. The two spoke about Dartmouth's growing role as a leader in health care innovation, as well as the new Master of Health Care Delivery Science program. Launching in July, the 18-month program pairs Tuck's management and leadership know-how with The Dartmouth Institute's expertise in the science of measuring health care delivery and outcomes to teach executives how to reduce costs and improve care in their organizations.
Notes Gina Clark des Cognets T'01, Tuck's associate director of annual giving and alumni services, "Riding the lifts and skiing down slopes together, sharing this experience in an informal way, creates bonds you just can't make at a business meeting or a cocktail party."