Due to COVID, many new safety protocols will be in place for the 2021 ski season. Additional information will be provided via email and Facebook as it becomes available.
- Student drop off to the bus and bus boarding procedure
- Mask wearing the entire time students arrive at the parking lot and are on the bus
- Assigned seating on the bus
- No food or drinks allowed on the bus
- Student pick up and bus de-boarding procedure
Additional information from Wachusett:
These procedures are essential and must be followed in order to ensure continuation of participation in ski club. Failure to follow these procedures will result in removal from the club.
Buses boarding time:
- McCloskey 2:15 pm
Drop off and bus boarding procedure:
Students will be dropped off at the McCloskey parking lot at 2:15. All students and parents must wear a mask while present. Everyone must maintain a distance of 6 feet from other non-household members.
Students will stow their equipment onto the bus and then board the bus, one household at a time, when directed to do so. This will be based on pre-assigned seating, boarding from the rear of the bus to the front of the bus. Household members will be seated together where possible.
Attendance will be taken upon boarding the bus and then verified before the buses leave the mountain at the end of the night.
NOTE: Any student who has not arrive to the bus at the 2:15 boarding time will be considered cancelled for that day.
At the end of the night, departing the mountain:
Any student not riding the bus home MUST BE SIGNED OUT from the mountain by a parent/guardian by 7:15 pm, regardless of age*.
Students must return to the “Chaperone area” by 7:15pm to gather equipment, change, etc. Then head to the designated bus boarding area at 7:25pm
Buses will begin boarding at 7:25pm, boarding from rear to front, based on assigned seating.
Buses will leave Wachusett mountain at 7:45pm, sharp.
NOTE: Any student who fails to be at the bus boarding area by 7:25 pm, will cause a delay for all others trying to board and will delay the return trip. Failure to meet this will result in loss of ski club privileges.
Pick up and bus de-boarding procedure:
Students must remain seated upon arrival at McCloskey. Students will be directed to de-board two at a time, starting from the front of the bus and ending at the back of the bus. Upon exiting the bus, the students will collect their equipment and must immediately exit the de-boarding area to join their ride.
Buses will return to McCloskey parking lot at 8:30pm. You must be prompt and pick up your child on time.
Sign out from Ski club: (For bus students that will not be riding the bus on the return trip)
There will be a sign-out form on the “Chaperone Area”.
*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:
Equipment will NOT be allowed at schools this year.
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)
Wachusett Season Pass (Bronze, Silver or Gold) – Only if a season pass was purchased. The 6-week lift passes are distributed before and then collected afterward each Tuesday (includes Lift, Rental & Lesson badges).
Not Optional: A ride home from McCloskey at 8:30 PM
LABEL ALL ITEMS – Each year we find many, many items left behind on the buses, in the lodge and retrieved from the slopes. Adding TUXB to items also helps Wachusett for lost items.
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!
We strive to have 1 chaperone per 15 students (1:5 for younger grades). With 80+ students in the program, we need about 8-10 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.
*Not applicable to 2021* 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.
USSC info, contact Eli or Shelley
Luxury Motor Coach transportation provided by FTI
Foxy Travel, Inc. | 38 Providence Rd | Linwood MA 01525 |800-554-4585
If you have questions about the bus service, USSC info, contact Eli or Shelley. (Please do not call Foxy Travel with bus / transportation questions.)
UMass Memorial Emergency Room Information
Phone number: (508) 334-1000
Address: 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA 01541