2020 – Week 3 Chronicles

What a difference a week makes. The mountain was back to being completely snow covered and temps were definitely more seasonable and by that I mean chilly!!!!  Most of the kids were ready for it but others came in with red faces and cold hands.  Face masks and hand warmers are a must if you plan to be out in those temps so please make sure your kids have a few packed.  As always my spare gear was utilized this week.  Someone needed snow pants, two others needed face masks, someone else needed hand warmers.  Thankfully we are usually prepared for whatever catastrophe they throw at us!  Even the little girl whose purple sock was found in the Granite room was returned to her on my bus, oddly all the boys were claiming the sock as their own when I walked up and down the aisle looking for the owner!  Silly bunch of boys on my bus!!!

Unfortunately our days without injury is back to 0.  Luckily it turned out to be nothing too serious but she did get a fancy ride down the mountain by ski patrol.  Thanks to Jim U for shuttling her and her sister back to school for us!  Her parents texted me this morning to let me know that the Academy Award for actress in a drama film goes to their daughter!  Love how these parents share our sense of humor! LOL  We are all just happy to know she will be fine and back at it next week!

Lost items:  1 unlabeled COW card found on the UHS bus & 1 coat recovered at Wachusett, miraculously unlabeled but locked up safe and sound and waiting for us next week!

This weeks movie was old school Sponge Bob brought by our bus chaperone Jim B!  Pretty sure he laughed as much as the kids!  FYI someone brought JAWS for a choice.  We aired on the side of caution and said lets make sure everyone is on board with it.  Ask your kids on the 4th/5th grade bus if they would like to see it.  If someone is not ok with it message me on my cell and we will not show it.  However when our seniors were in ski club they watched Dumb & Dumber on the 4th Grade bus!  They turned out OK, just sayin! 😂😂

Speaking of Seniors, our very own Brandon Bibeault was acknowledged yesterday for being the only participant to have been part of ski club from grades 4-12!  That is quite a journey from a little 10 year old that didn’t know how to ski to an 18 year old senior that glides down any trail with ease!

Be sure to check out the pics, for visual effects we stood little Blake Rosborough next to Brandon!  It is crazy how fast time goes by.  Eli and I both have seniors graduating this year!!!!  The 1 thing the 3 of them all still do together is ski even though they are at different schools and have different groups of friends.  Hopefully your kids will continue with the sport and we have more stick with us from 4th grade – 12th grade!

Next week will mark the half way point!  Its always amazing to hear how the newbies just pick it up.  Most of the new snowboarders and skiers are riding the chair lift already and making it down the mountain.  They are all doing so well and seem to know exactly where they need to be and when!

If your looking for something to do this weekend with you kids Wachusett is always a great option plus they have a great band playing in The Copper Top Lounge.  Let the kids ski for a few hours while you relax and enjoy music by The South Street Band, a local band that has played several times up there!

Reminder to keep tabs on your kids COW card balances & repack those bags with all their gear please!  Also Sarah Stark said I forgot to remind the parents about water bottles in the boot bags and this week she had to spend money on water rather than candy so here is your reminder folks! LOL

Only a few pics this week but our video provided by Jim B, 1 of our chaperones is sure to provide a good laugh!  #dadfell 😂

 

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Enjoy!

See You Next Tuesday!!!

Shelley, Eli, and Jim U.

Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club

2020 – Week 2 Chronicles

Week 2 went off without a hitch! Click on the link to see all the pics:

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Everyone arrived for morning drop-off and most kids came in carrying their own gear which was great to see!  Kids should be coming in for drop-off thru the cafeteria door at Whitin preferably without an adult.  Trust me they are more than capable. If they do have too much for 1 trip they can always make 2 trips, it builds character and we are not able to carry their gear at Wachusett and they all manage just fine.  With that being said we were very happy to see that  98% of the skis and boards were in bags, only a couple waiting for their orders to come in.  Thank you for that!!!

We did have two ski bag mix ups at the end of the night last night at UHS.  Luckily it happened there!  Remember to label your bags or put identifying tape or ribbons on it, especially those all black bags.

Another reminder, Season Passes are your child’s responsibility.  We do not collect those weekly.  Only the 8 Week passes are passed out on the bus on the way to mountain then collected on the way home.  During that time those passes should be worn around the students neck and not taking off.  Jayden was certain that Eli did not give him his pass however said pass was found in his bus seat.  Luckily the chaperones checked the seats because the buses leave to the lower lot while we ski so anything forgotten on the bus once we arrive is stuck there till we go home.

A certain girl left her COW card on the bus this week, fortunately we think she is pretty awesome so we made sure she was able to buy dinner and not go hungry.  Apparently making the Chronicles is something kids find embarrassing!  Who knew?    Score for us, lol….this will now be a deterrent from doing silly things in fear of being made fun of by the adults😂  Win Win!!!

In other funny news, Eli stole one of my bus chaperones for the second week in a row as we were boarding the buses at Whitin.  He really does think he is funny!  Don’t worry Eli, we all know you need help! I mean extra help!!!😂😂

The ride up was smooth sailing for the High School bus and 4th/5th grade bus.  Eli’s bus was last, must be all the extra people slowing them down!

Chaperones and students moved quickly upon arrival, everyone made it to rentals and lessons on time this week.  The Granite Room was peaceful for an hour until 5:00,  then it was dinner time!  The kids love that food, remind them to pack water bottles in their boot bags, drinks get pricey and usually they come in thirsty from skiing.  The kids listened to the rules from last week!  They all cleaned up their trays and delivered their leftover fries and nuggets to the chaperone table, just as Eli had instructed them to do!!!  Ya us chaperones eat your kids left over french fries…Don’t judge us, you would too!😂

Although we had temps in the 70’s this weekend the mountain was in decent shape and some of the kids were bribed into going to the top to ski the black diamond trails!  See attached pic of the lucky 9.  Most had never been to the top but Eli’s persuasion mixed with chocolate waffles makes ya do things!!!

I can hear it going down like this, Come on little Suzy, get on this chairlift and when you make it down I will buy you a chocolate waffle!!!  Eli’s description of William going down the mountain was priceless.  Keep in mind this was William’s 3rd time ever on the snow….William 2 feet, fall, gets up, I love snowboarding, 2 feet more, falls, gets up, I love snowboarding, ALL THE WAY DOWN!  LOL…He said Ava was super helpful and William was on a mission to show that snowboard who was in charge!!!  Love it!!!

For the record, he was attempting to take them from the top down an easier trail but it was closed.  No child was in danger, well maybe except for William but he is the youngest of 5 siblings so he is pretty tough!!!

Once everyone came in the fear of being left behind began to set in as everyone frantically began getting out of their gear and packed up.  Kids need to be reminded that they can ski till 7:00 ish and still will have plenty of time to change and walk to the bus for a 7:30 departure.  Also please reiterate, we will not leave without them.

This gave me a great opportunity to capture some great pics of the many awesome parent chaperones that come up to help us with the kids.  I was able to get a pic of almost every parent chaperone with their kid or kids!  I missed a few since they had already snuck away for the bus but got most.

We cannot say it enough, we have the greatest group of chaperones and the kids are so lucky to have such a dedicated group!!!  Remind your kids to thank them, we really do take great care of them while they are with us!

No school Friday, I am going to try to go up for a bit with Ben.  Post on Ski Bums if your going, we can meet up in the Granite Room.  Probably during the day though, supposed to be pretty chilly and I want out of there before the Friday night Ski clubs arrive and the lines are out of control.

Ski Club week 3 will resume after the Monday holiday so don’t forget to have your bags repacked and ready to go Tuesday.

If you know your student will be absent please shoot me a quick text to let me know if possible.

That should do it for week 2!  Check out the link below for the pics from last night.

See You Next Tuesday!!!!

Shelley, Eli, and Jim

Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club

2020 – Week 1 Chronicles

Welcome back USSC families past and present,

Click on link below to see some pics from tonight.

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Our ski club family certainly is growing!!!  This season we welcomed an additional 27 more kiddos plus another bus bringing us to 3 buses & 132 kids in grades 4-12 from 3 different schools!  We also increased our number of chaperones to 33!!!  Can you imagine if Basketball didn’t interfere with ski club!

Drop Off went very well at all schools this morning.  According to John G the High School kids are more awake than the Whitin kiddos & actually said good morning to him! Maybe next week Eli & I will see some perkier kids!  My guess is the high school kids had some coffee on there way in! 😂

Just remember we are teaching them independence so continue to pull up to the school and let them carry their own bags in.  Also drop off at Whitin is at the cafeteria door on the side of the building.   One more reminder about equipment bags….If your child does not have a snowboard or ski bag please get one before next Tuesday.

The pick up at the High School went well.  Drop off location for gear will not be in the auditorium next week, I think Mr. Rubin is giving John a new location so make sure your kids look for John Grabowski at drop off.

On top of doing the morning drop off at UHS John also ubered myself & Dawn from UHS to Whitin in the afternoon so our cars would be at the right location at the end of the night!  Speaking of which school to be at…we will get to that haha.  Special thanks to John for doing that & riding the bus, you earned your chaperone ski pass today!

The speech by Eli to the Whitin group was nothing short of epic!  It included standing on a chair to get everyones attention, some whistling, and a few bad jokes!!!  I also think his speech may have been written on his phone, either that or his wife was texting him while he was delivering said speech because he kept looking at his phone!!! Oh Eli, you don’t need to try so hard to get everyone’s attention, all the kids love you!

Just ask your kids what his rule #1 was??😂

We managed to get everyone on the appropriate buses & only 1 chaperone got on the wrong bus, in her defense Eli told her the wrong bus.  Also 3 attendance sheets were created for each bus by myself.  We couldn’t find Zachary Turcotte on my bus (4th/5th grade)  Assumed he was absent until 1 kid said he’s in 6th grade.  As both buses arrived at OLV Erin ran Zach’s pass over to the appropriate bus (6th/7th)  I thought, not bad, 3 seperate attendances for 3 differant buses and 1 error.  I was even happier when Eli called me to tell me he was registered initially as a 5th grader…..by his parents!!!  LOL  Don’t worry Zach, I will fix that up for ya but you better remind Mom & Dad your in 6th grade!😂

Next victim…Becky Currie…Oh Becky I get it but yes your kids do in fact need the season pass you purchased for them to ski!!!  The best way I can describe that text between her & I over the last 2 days is the skit from Who’s on 1st, What’s on 2nd & I don’t know is on 3rd!!!!

Final victim on the bus ride up as I am on the phone with Becky is Mrs. Simonds.  She wanted me to know her daughter Caroline left her ski jacket in her classroom!!! I happen to be sitting next to Caroline and I ask her if she has everything while tugging on my own jacket.  This goes completely over her head, haha…Lucky for her I packed a “Survival Bag”  fully equipped with an extra jacket, 2 pairs of different size snow pants, gloves, goggles, helmets, neck warmers!  I decided to pack this bag after my own son forgot his snow pants yesterday at BVT Ski Club!!!  After numerous reminders no less.  Luckily I did because it cam in very useful!!!

Once we arrive the chaos, I mean the fun really began!  Our 20+ chaperones jumped into action and were eager to help.  However Wachusett has a lot of groups, kids get dressed & become unrecognizable and they happen to escape in various directions & in & out of numerous doors.  After climbing onto a chair in the Granite room I manage to locate a few of the kids we were looking for & miracousely get them all off to rentals & lessons.

The lull while they are all out at lessons or just skiing is a welcome relief to us all as we collect ourselves & say to one another, yeah that wasn’t too bad!!!  Controlled chaos is the best way to descibe it.  I begin to look at my phone where I see numerous messages asking if this 1 got their COW card, or if this 1 is OK, or this one is behaving.  I decide to just put a post on FaceBook Ski Bums when Noah tells me someone is hurt & is in First Aid.  Off I go to First Aid, not a good way to start the season & meet 1 of our 8th grade newbies but luckily she will be ok.  Heal up quickly Grace, ironically her fall was described in her own words, anything but graceful!!!

The rest of the night is going well.  Kids have filtered in from lessons & skiing & now are raiding the cafeteria.  Apparently Eli’s message about cleaning up your mess resignated…No trays left behind!!!  Kids were terrified of being shamed as Eli promised he would do if kids did not clean up after themselves!

Time to Leave:  Another fun time, between 7:00-715…They are all getting changed & stuff is everywhere.  They want to go out to the buses, buses don’t arrive until 7:15 so its like holding back a stampede.  For some reason they all want to be 1st on the buses.  Check out the pics for items we collected tonight as the kids hurried out.

Attendance:  My bus perfect, Jamie’s HS bus perfect, Eli’s bus, well only missing 1 OLV 5th grader!  He calls his Dad who is at the mountain with us but the said child id supposed to ride home on the bus.  After 3 out of 4 of the chaperones go looking for him in the lodge he miraculously appears on the bus….Jim Uthoff may need glasses & a lesson on attendance taking….he was there all along!!!!😂😂😂.

The ride home:  I let you all know we are rolling out around 7:32, I should of reiterated again that pick up is alays at the HIGH SCHOOL!!!  Several of you, including veteran ski clubbers went to Whitin instead of UHS!  Oh Boy, Thankfully there is not much traffic at that time .

All in all it was a great time!  We have an awesome group of kids & clearly a great group of parents that will provide us with great Chronicle material!!!!

Goodnight All & See You Next Tuesday!!!!  Same Place, Same Time!!!

Shelley, Eli, & Jim

Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club

USSC Final Chronicles – 2019 Ski Season!

Hey All,

What else can I say?!!!  Last week we skied twice in 1 week, had only 1 minor chaperone injury, great conditions, a great pizza party with plenty of desserts & food for everyone at Wachusett & some pretty happy kids all saying how much fun they had this season & how they can’t wait for next year!!!

A successful season by everyone involved!   Every Tuesday we loaded 2 buses from 3 different schools with 105 kids from grades 4-11.  Special thanks to our awesome drivers, Steve & Erin from Foxy Travel for always getting us there & back safely & providing a fun bus experience with great movies to make the ride fly by.  You guys are the best!!!

To our repeat chaperones, thank you for your continued effort over the last several years!  To our new chaperones, thank you for stepping up & learning the ropes so quickly!  The 1st two weeks are always crazy but you trusted us & stuck with it & by week 3 the kids had figured it out for the most part.  We couldn’t do it without your help, really,  as you all saw we can be pulled in 18 different directions at the same time & with out a large group helping it would be impossible!!!

To our parents that trusted us to care for your kiddos & help them with whatever came up & never questioned our abilities, Thank You!!!  My favorite coordinator moment must have been when I was pleading with a 5th grader to wait in my car for Dad to arrive because it was 5 degrees with wind & I had just returned from my cruise the night before. That boy was adamant that he could wait outside but I was too cold to realize he wasn’t comfortable getting in my car because I was not his bus chaperone!  Even though I had 4 kids in my car he wasn’t risking it, lol!

To the kids, Thank You for not getting in trouble with Wachusett & for behaving at the mountain & on the buses!  It definitely was one of our best seasons as far as that goes & most importantly no ambulance rides or major injuries!!!

We have really made an impression on Wachusett & I am pretty certain we are their favorite ski club!  Could be because Eli & I are good at keeping them happy & making them laugh with all our crazy ski club stories every week but they definitely  like us all so that is a great thing!

Hope we have all of your kids back next year & remember to sign up early next season, we have decided to keep it at 2 buses as it is much more manageable so the limit of 105 will remain the same.  We also are considering to have The Ski Shop Plus do all our rentals for next season rather than Wachusett so if you are a renter make sure to sign up early to ensure you will be able to get equipment.

Your child’s Tuesday pass is good till end of season & allows them to receive 50% of their lift pass so make sure they keep it, they were told several times about this.

March skiing can be excellent up there & definitely check out their Pond Skim contest on April 7th this year, if you have never been YouTube it, its a good time!!!  There are many other events also planned so look at their events calendar,  Season Pass Appreciation Weekend is March 30-31 as well as a Cardboard Race contest so check it out, ski club is over but Wachusett is still going strong!

Attached are a few pics of last Thursday & a few funny ones from our “Chaperone Appreciation” after party at Kapi’s.  Mark Francis also started that tradition & you know we will carry that one on!!!  So after last ski club we quickly unload our own kids & meet up generally in record time (9:00pm) to celebrate the end of a successful season of ski club!!!

If you would like in on all this fun please consider chaperoning next season, we are always looking for help!

Thanks again from all your chaperones & coordinators!

Till next season,

Shelley, Eli, & Jim

Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club

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Week 6 USSC Chronicles!

Well its hard to believe that next week is our final week of ski club, that went by fast!  Though I am sad ski club will be over I am really looking forward to some spring weather after having a small taste last week on vacation!

Next week we will have ski club on Tuesday & Thursday (our make-up day from 2/12)  Thursday will be our Pizza Party & Dierdra will be sending out a sign-up genius for apps & desserts.  Disposable containers are the easier way to go as the kids would be responsible for getting your containers back home along with all their gear!!!

 

Funny story of the day belongs to one of the Tasick boys from the High School.  John & Jack combine all their gear into 2 bags, all gear in 1 bag for both & 2 pairs of skis into another bag.  Great in theory but heavy to carry.   As I am standing at the closet 1 brother grabs the bag with gear & heads off to the bus. A little time passes, I check the closet 1 last time & notice the big bag with skis is still there.  Knowing I saw 1 brother carry out the other bag I grab the heavy ski bag & load it onto the bus.  When I get on we realize 1 brother is MIA.  A few calls later we determine that he took the school bus home forgetting about ski club!!!  Lucky for him he lives along the route to our next stop & we grab him on the side of the road.  Ahh these kids do give me great material don’t they!  He seemed pretty relieved that he did’t end up missing ski club after all!

 

Lost bag story goes to the Heim family this week.  Apparently Ian grabbed the wrong bag & loaded it onto the 4th-6th grade bus & Isaac says he loaded his bag onto the bus but after searching both buses at the high school it was MIA.  Please look through your kids stuff & make sure it was accidentally grabbed.  This family has a ski trip planned for the weekend but Mom may have to leave the boys at home if the skis are not found quickly!

 

Eli’s lost & found bag is still lost so any items in there are history!  This is why labeling your stuff with Last Name & USSC is helpful.  In Eli’s defense his bag was labeled but the bag was mixed up with an identical unlabeled bag.

 

The coordinator that Eli & I had worked with over the last several years showed up to say hello!  It was great seeing Mark & his daughter & we all enjoyed some funny stories of past & present ski clubs!!!  It really is a comedy show at times!

 

Lastly, no injuries to report!  I guess my announcement on the bus before we got to the mountain worked.  I told them all I was extremely tired from my trip & did not want to go to the hospital tonight so ski safe & don’t do anything dumb tonight!  Thanks for listening kids, we appreciate it!!!!

 

Remember to sign up for desserts for next Thursday & we will see you all next Tuesday!

 

Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club

Week 4 USSC Chronicles!

Hard to believe we are at the half way point through the ski club season!!!  We had a great night with temps in the 20’s with some light wind & snow and a few icy spots but thankfully we have no injuries to report!

The high school bus watched Daddy’s Home 2 which seemed to hold their attention better this week although our 7th graders are a chatty bunch.  I believe the girls were putting make-up on some of the boys and someone definitely was over using the body spray but other than a few reminders to stay seated it was typical middle school behavior.  Wish I had gotten a chance to take a pic of the beauty contest though!!!

At the lodge everyone seemed to be ready to go & it was pretty quiet inside until dinner time naturally.  Please remember to keep those COW cards full if your not sending food.  Keep in mind the food is expensive, my son spent $12 on chicken fingers, fries, & mozzarella sticks then forgot to bring a water so that was another $3.50.  COW cards never expire either so if they end up  with a balance it is good anytime & for anything on the mountain.

From the feedback from our awesome chaperones the kids are really enjoying ski club & are have really become comfortable getting to rentals & lessons but also asking us for help when needed.

I can not stress to everyone how AWESOME our group of volunteer chaperones have been this season!!!!  They are having as much fun as the kids are and have made this season flow so smoothly, we are so grateful for all of them!!!!

I am praying we have a Super Bowl win Sunday & if we do would encourage everyone to wear there Patriots gear on Tuesday!   The jersey’s over the jackets is always a good look!!!

Finally a  few lost items were picked up, see the attached pics & we decided to leave the unclaimed ski bag & gear at the High School this week so that mystery continues!!!

That is all for this week!

See You Next Tuesday,

Shelley, Eli, Jim

Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club

 

Week 2 USSC Chronicles!

Here it is, the long-awaited 2019 Uxbridge Ski and Snowboard Club Chronicles for week 2, special edition. This is from the writer that never writes. So, pour yourself a warm drink and read on to see if your kid made the Chronicles this week. Actually, the kids were all great, and it’s a few of the adults getting chronicled this week.

The Ferrage family has a streak going. They’ve successfully had one person miss each of the first two weeks. We really do hope you feel better soon Shelley. But, by the way, Ben was able to do everything himself tonight (no hand holding). Ok back to the business.

The most important streak: We made it through another week without any injuries. Let’s keep this streak going for the whole season! It was quiet in the lodge most of the night with everyone out enjoying the “warmer” temps and great conditions on the slopes. Can 28 degrees really be considered warm? Well, after this past weekend I say yes.

Another great week on the buses. Pick was smooth once again. On Bus 1 “the older bus” they watched Night School and it sounded like it was a hit for a movie and a well-behaved bus ride. Bus 2 “the younger bus” watched Small Foot was a big hit also.

It was a quiet ride home. Almost too quiet. And just as I was reflecting on how uneventful the night had been the phones started ringing. No, we didn’t leave anyone behind. But one of the parents, who was parked at Wachusett, put their car keys in their child’s bag. Well that child, their bag and the car keys were on a bus ride back to Uxbridge, somewhere about 10 minutes south of Wachusett at this point.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll just let this picture of keys sitting on a post outside of some route 140 roadside tavern fill in what happened next. Thank you Dawn for coming to the rescue and bringing the keys back to the mountain. Next week, Bino will be assigned a special chaperone to make sure he has his keys with him at all times.

Jim and Eli got into trouble with the mountain this week and got yelled at for someone using someone else’s season pass last week. I guess they really do check that sort of thing. It was a man using a woman’s pass who evidently didn’t pass for a woman. Might have been the beard. So don’t share season passes because they have file photos and they really do monitor the users.

Things that got left behind: 1) A New England Patriots beany hat that Rebecca will be happy to keep if no one claims it. See photos on the website. (Also, Go Pats!)

2) A set of skis poles and helmet in nice orange camo ski bag. I’m sure that someone will want this back and Eric Lowrey, who had room for them in his truck, is holding onto them.

Well everything went well without Shelley. So next week you will only be seeing Shelley in the lodge while Jim and I will be skiing.

Great job everyone and see you next Tuesday!!

Eli, Jim & Shelley

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Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club