Do you need a ski buddy, someone to share a chair? Want to carpool to the slopes, and let someone else drive home so you can be part of the après ski party? Have you tried to rally your ski and ride friends for a weekend away to no avail?
There’s a club for that. The Boston Ski and Sports Club could be the answer to your alpine prayers. Oh, and they will get you deals on ski weekends, hook you up for ski dating, even plan your ski trip out west.
The Boston Ski and Sports Club started in 1967, but most of their 6,000 skiing and riding members are younger than the 45-year old club, skiers and riders range from 24-42 according to Kristen Elworthy, the Club’s pr director.
Boston Ski and Sports Club has 15 full-time staffers that crank out European and western ski weeks plus a dozen New England weekend ski trips, typically for about $300 including your bus ride from Boston, lodging, lift tickets, breakfasts, and après ski socials with your new buddies.
Some fun ski weekends coming up include St Patty’s weekend March 16-18 at Burke Mountain in Vermont, Sugarloaf Maine March 9-11, and Parrot Head Party weekend at Sunday River April 4-8.
The Club’s day trip deals are a great way to test the social ski club scene, your skiing and bus transportation is included for $82 on Saturday or Sundays (which is often less than the cost of a retail lift ticket), or go midweek for only $59 to resorts like Sunday River, Mount Snow, Stowe, Killington and Jay Peak. If you are looking for love, there is a special ski dating trip March 11 to Mount Snow that includes a singles’ après ski party. I can’t speak to the mood of the bus ride back to Boston; it depends on how the ski dating goes I suppose.
You don’t have to pay membership dues to play with the BSSC, trips are open to anyone, but if you take just two trips in a season, you will save your $65 dues with the member discounts applied.
You have already missed out on this season’s ski trips to the French Alps, Sundance Utah, and Mammoth California, the all-inclusive prices for the weeklong trips are so affordable they do fill up. There will be more European and Rocky Mountain ski destinations next season with reduced airfare, and all your lodging and lift tickets wrapped up in a neat, easy to plan package.
The Club also offers trips in the non-snow season to places like Paris, Ireland, Iceland and Barcelona, and scads of social events at Boston bars, Red Sox and Pats parties, even pub crawls that benefit various non-profits in Boston. No wonder they have over 45,000 annual participants in their party on snow, and off. Don’t say you weren’t invited; this is one club whose only exclusivity is the number of fun people they can pack on the next ski bus.
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Photos by Greg Burke
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.