We strive to have 1 chaperone per 15 students (1:5 for younger grades). With 150+ students in the program, we need 10-15 chaperones each week, especially for the chaotic first 2 weeks of the season. Being a chaperone is a great way to get in some free skiing, socializing, or just a night out. Ski Passes are limited and not guaranteed to be available each week, check with the coordinator to make sure a pass is available. You don’t need to ski to be a chaperone.
Two or three chaperones are needed at the Whitin Elementary School to help corral the kids and load the buses (and 3-6 to ride the buses). Once at the mountain, a number of chaperones and parents are always present in the ‘Granite Room’ of the lodge to assist students. Chaperones help students off the buses, into the lodge and / or to rentals & lessons.
If a chaperone is not scheduled to be at the Chaperone’s Table, they are free to ski. At the end of the night chaperones make sure everyone is out of the lodge (and pick up lost / left-behind items), then take attendance and collect ski passes as the students board the bus for the return trip.
Here’s a list of some of gear you’ll need to ensure a safe and enjoyable mountain experience. (It’s winter in New England, after all)
- Helmet (Under 18 must wear a helmet – no exceptions!)
- Skis or a Snowboard
- Hand / foot warmers
- Ski/snowboard lock (not necessary if using Ski Check)
Clothing (LABEL ALL CLOTHING with Student’s name!!)
- Warm comfortable clothes (Dress in layers)
- Under Armor / performance fleece
- Warm socks (and maybe an extra pair for the ride home)
- Gloves or mittens
- Neck gaiter, balaclava, or turtle neck
- Snow sports jacket
- Ski / board pants
Other / Optional
- Money or a COW Card for Dinner/snacks
- Boot bag
- Ski or snowboard bag (Best way to protect them under the bus).
- Water bottle
- Medicine (inhalers, epi-pens, Benadryl)
- Snacks & Dinner (if bringing from home)
- A Ride Home From Uxbridge High School at 8:15 PM
Wachusett Season Pass (Bronze, Silver or Gold) – Only if a season pass was purchased. The 8-week lift passes are distributed before and then collected afterward each Tuesday (includes Lift, Rental & Lesson badges).
Not Optional: A ride home from Uxbridge High School at 8:15 PM
LABEL ALL ITEMS – Each year we find many, many items left behind on the buses, in the lodge and retrieved from the slopes.
IF lost items make it to our lost n’ found there’s a good chance you will get it back. However, if it goes to Wachusett’s lost n’ found, and has no label, there’s about a 0% recovery rate. With a label the odds get better!
2018-19 Bus Transportation
Buses depart from:
- Uxbridge High School approx. 2:00 pm
- Whitin Elementary approx. 2:15 pm
- OLV approx. 2:30 pm
On Ski Club Tuesdays students gather in their school’s gym or other designated area, following dismissal. After regular school buses have left the parking lot boarding begins. It is the student’s responsibility to get their equipment and themselves onto the bus quickly & safely when directed to do so.
Attendance will be taken in the gym or on the bus before leaving each school and then verified before the buses leave the mountain at the end of the night.
NOTE: Any student failing to board the bus prior to the departure time for each school
will be assumed to have cancelled for that day.
At the end of the night, departing the mountain:
Any student not planning to ride the bus home MUST BE SIGNED OUT from the mountain by a parent/guardian by 7:15 pm, regardless of age*.
Students shall return to the lodge by 7:15 pm to gather equipment, change, etc. Then head to the bus by 7:25 pm
Buses will be ready for boarding around 7:15 pm and will leave Wachusett mountain at 7:30 pm, sharp.
NOTE: Any student who fails to be on the bus by 7:30 pm and causes our return to be delayed may jeopardize their future privileges.
All buses will return to Uxbridge High School at approximately 8:15. Please be prompt and pick up your child on time.
*There will be a sign-out form on the “Chaperone’s Table” in the ‘Granite Room’.
*Only students age 18 or older may sign themselves out. No student will be allowed to sign out another student, including siblings.
Skis, boards and other equipment:
Should be stored in designated areas at each school on the day of the program
Must be dropped off the morning of each ski club day, before school (generally a 45 min. window before 1st bell).
Not allowed on school buses. You must make arrangements to get your child’s equipment to school on each Ski Club day.
Luxury Motor Coach transportation provided by FTI
Foxy Travel, Inc.
38 Providence Rd
Linwood MA 01525
If you have questions about the bus service, USSC info, contact Eli or Shelley.
Please do not call Foxy Travel with bus / transportation questions.
USSC info, contact Eli or Shelley
UMass Memorial Emergency Room Information
Phone number: (508) 334-1000
Address: 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA 01541
Directions: Uxbridge to Wachusett